Tuesday, March 27, 2012
A Little Garden
I had this idea for a little garden to sit on our table. It easy to make and the kids got involved too. They love playing with it and it makes a great centerpiece for the table. On Easter morning there will be colorful eggs sitting in there.
For this little garden, I picked up eight of these squares of grass at Michaels. If you choose, you can grow your own grass in a tray and make your fence the size of your tray. We used all artificial grass and flowers (since I'm allergic to grass and lots of plants.) Plus then you don't have to worry about watering the grass -- something I would forget to do (and my children would do in abundance).
Each is 4" x 4", I chose my garden size to be 8" x 16". So I cut a piece of wood the same size, 8" x 16" x 1".
Using craft sticks start to make a bit of the fence. Reinforce with horizontally placed sticks. I used hot glue to make the project quick. The craft sticks I used measured 4.5" x 5/8". I used almost 100 of them.
Start attaching your sections of fence to the bottom board securing with hot glue.
Continue until you've covered the whole thing. If you have any small holes that are too small for one craft stick, you can easily cut it to fit the hole.
Hold the craft stick up to your hole and mark it with a pencil. Grab an craft knife and score it along your pencil line. Bend the craft stick and it should break pretty cleanly along your scored line.
Take the piece you just cut and glue it into your hole.
Next paint your fence - you could use spray paint or just some acrylic paint. I had two eager little helpers so we used acrylic paint.
When it's all dry, place your grass in the garden.
If you like, add a few silk flowers by just tucking them into the grass. If you have real grass, you could tuck in a few real flowers too. It's also a great place for some Easter eggs!