Rooibosch Hill's own Watermill Bakery is open for business!


My first project in the construction of my Sylvanian village, was to create a spot for my favourite building, the watermill bakery. This was my first building and I received it as a gift from my husband in 2011.

Sylvanian Families Watermill Bakery Display Layout


I started out by placing a piece of hardboard cut to the correct size for my shelf as a base. The hardboard works like a charm if you flip it over to work on the rough side, this gives the glue and paint something to adhere to.

Next I started playing around with the different items that I wanted to place in this display. I had an extra barrel and bench from my Juice bar set that came with Betty Blackberry, and I decided that it would be perfect as a stall to sell my new Scrumtious Sandwiches from!

My first idea was to build a tree for a bit of shade over the ornate table that I wanted to place in that corner, and I needed a river on this shelf to make the watermill bakery work! I used a pencil to draw out the shape of Sylvania's Watermill Bakery, as well as a path leading up to it and a little river to make the waterwheel turn. The river felt a bit bare at first, so I picked my boat from Yvette's boating trip to fill it up.


Sylvanian Families Watermill Bakery Display Painting


I found a grass mat in the reptile section of my local petshop and after testing with a few Sylvanians, I found that it works great for grass. All of the members from my Sylvanian Families manage to stand on the new grass with ease and the grass also provides some "grip" to keep them from falling over. The only drawback on this grass, is that it is quite difficult to cut and I had a hard time getting the exact shape that I wanted. I used cold wood glue to stick the grass down and applied some pressure overnight.

The next step was building the path leading up to the bakery. I found some smooth round pebbles at the "Crazy Store" for a good price and I stuck them down with clear epoxy before filling in the gaps with outdoor Polyfilla crack sealer that I coloured with a tiny amount of acrylic paint. I opted for a sandy-beige colour to prevent the scenery from getting too dark.

While waiting for the grouting to set on my path, I started painting the water for the stream. I would have liked to be able to raise the grassy area a bit higher, but when I tested it out the first time, my husband pointed out that the water won't flow uphill to the Watermill and so it would never turn. (FAIL!) Thus, I had to be content with the little bit that the grass raised the scene in this shelf.

I used Acrylic craft paints to paint the water, and added some blue and white to the surface to give it some depth.


Sylvanian Families Watermill Bakery Scene Creation Water


After the paints had dried, I used some silicone sealant to place blobs onto my base for the water. I got the silicone sealant from the hardware store in a large tube and it applies with an applicator-gun that makes applying it much easier!


Sylvanian Families Display Creating Water


Before the silicone started to dry, I used a plastic baggie over my hand to smooth out the silicone to create waves, resembling running water. This took some time, since I had to do small sections at a time and it is quite a tedious job, smoothing the water and preventing it from touching the grass at the same time!


Sylvanian Families Watermill Bakery Scene COmpleted Water


After some rubbing and applying, this is my finished result!


Sylvnaian Families Watermill Bakery Scene Silk Cat Kids Take a Look


By this time, all of the Sylvnians were gossiping and chattering about the new renovations to the Watermill Bakery, and it didn't take long for the first Sylvanians to come for a peek... The Silk Cat children were the first on the scene and they shyly posed for a photo in front of the new bakery.

At this stage, I was done cleaning up the excess crack filler on the path, and I was amazed that the Sylvanian children actually managed to stand on the rocky path!


Sylvanian Families Watermill Bakery Scenery Design1

Sylvanian Families Watermill Bakery Scenery Design2


After the Silk cat twins left to report back to the other Sylvanians, I did the last few finishing touches on the base, adding some reeds (from the petshop) and a flowerbed with gravel beneath the plants (also from the petshop). I decided that the Watermill Bakery needed a bit of colour, so I added some purple flowers to the flowerbed under the window. I ended up leaving the tree out of this display shelf, as I found that it hid the little boat on the river too much, so I just altered the position of the reeds a bit. It didn't take long for some more inhabitants of Rooibosch Hill to visit with a few pieces of furniture in tow!



Sylvanian Families Display Background Clouds Mountains


When I managed to scoot the over-eager Sylvanians from my shelf, I started painting the background, using craft acrylic once more. I started off with a brighter than normal blue and used a combination of forest green and mountain green for the mountains. Lastly, I did some clouds in the sky, they took the longest finishing this background!

I envision the Watermill Bakery in Rooibosch Hill to be on the edge of the forest, to prevent leaves from getting into the crystal clear waters, so I didn't go with trees as a background on this shelf. I also painted directly on the background of my display cabinet, since I have hinges that were in the way of placing boards in the sides.

Sylvanian Families Background Painting

Sylvanian Families Hand Painted Background


In the above photos, you can see the hinges in question, as well as the LED lights that my husband so painstakingly installed for me during his "holiday". :-)

When the paint dried, I could finally add the base back in, and after some cleanup to the base and the items that were to go in the display, I finally allowed the Sylvanians to open the Rooibosch Hill Bakery for business!





This is the finished product after the first day of the official opening of the Rooibosch Hill bakery!

Sylvanian Families Watermill Bakery Appleblossom family

Young Justin Appleblossom ready to greet the customers at the door to their bakery.


Sylvanian Families Watermill Bakery Scene Selling Scrumptious Sandwiches

Jane Appleblossom received a brand new stall as an opening-day gift from the Rooibosch Hill community and she is happily selling her Scrumptious Sandwiches outside the Watermill Bakery. They seem to be a big hit and all of the Sylvanians are happily munching away at their lunch!


Sylvanian Families Watermill Bakery Scene Completed

This is an overview of my whole scene. On the top shelf, you can still see the aftermath of the week-long Sylvanian welcoming party that was held to welcome Spencer Clearwater and the Farthings!


Sylvanian Families Watermill Bakery Christopher Appleblossom

Inside the bakery, Christopher is Happily baking his bread and other tasty treats, while Justina Appleblossom entertains the twins on the lawn behind the bakery! The Clearwater family were the first customers for the day!


Sylvanian Families Watermill Bakery Handmade Tree

In the end, I knew that we would end up with a tree in this display shelf! The Marmelade bears are enjoying a lovely brunch under the shade of the new tree. The village of Rooibosch Hill also funded a new bench for the bakery and business is booming. Jane received a gift from dear Grandmother Clarice Spotter, who made some lovely tablecloths for her sandwich stall (Thanks Mom!), but the Appleblossoms are still not sure what to advertise on their little menu...


Sylvanian Families Handmade Tree

A songbird has already moved into the new tree, even nesting in its branches. It didn't take long for a frog to take up residence in the reeds by the water's edge either!


The finished Product!