Inspired by the “Plant a Row” campaign that encourages families to grow a row of vegetables of their own. I thought it would be fun to make a doll sized garden using items I had on hand.
To make your own doll sized garden you will need :
- 1 9X6 piece of corrugated cardboard from a box
- green or brown construction paper or green fun foam
- white craft glue
- small artificial flowers from your dollar or craft store
- green pom pom’s (for cabbage)
- tooth picks
- small cardboard 1 inch squares for garden markers
- Marker, pencil crayons or crayons
- *Optional small Garden Gnome such as the one I have used The Wee Little Garden Gnome
- or small doll sized watering can
Step 1- Measure and cut yourself a base for your garden out of the corrugated cardboard 9 inches X 6 inches (larger if you would like).
Step 2 – Cut your soil or grass out construction paper or fun foam to fit your base. I left a small border around my garden and cut my green fun foam to 7 inches by 5 inches.
Step 3- Apply glue to your fun foam or construction paper and place on top of the base and let it dry.
Step 4- Separate your flowers from their stems, and the leaves. You will use most of them for your garden.
Step 5- You will need a parent to help you cut the wire stems off the artificial plant, these will become the stems. Cut them to the size of 2 to 3 inches in length. I used 4 for my row of flowers. You may want to do more.
Step 6- place the flower “heads” on the new stems you just had cut. Add a leaf to the bottom of your flower.
Step 7- Stick them through your garden bed as shown above repeat with your remaining flowers.
Step 8- If you want to have more than just flowers in your garden use some of the stems from the flowers that are left over to make cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower. Ask a parent to cut you a 1 inch sized piece of the left over flower stem wire and place the wire through the leaves. Then stick the end of the flower wire into your garden as shown in the photo below.
Step 9- Place a green pom pom on top of the exposed floral wire. You can just push it through or you can add some glue. You could use a white one for Cauliflower.
Step 10 – Plant some “carrots” with left over green’s from your leaves, you can trim a leaf to look like the top of a carrot or you could use the plastic green bits from the flowers as I have for carrot tops. Glue them to the back of a toothpick you have cut in half and place then in your garden, pushing the toothpick into the cardboard.
Step 11- Make your garden markers with the one inch cardboard squares. Label what you have planted. Color your signs if you wish.
Step 12- Push one end of a tooth pick into your corrugated cardboard sign. If you are only using paper tape the tooth pick to your sign back, then add them to your garden as shown. Now is a great time to figure out where to plant your Garden Gnome or where to put your watering can.
Now your garden is ready to share with your dolls.
I hope you have enjoyed today’s craft and I look forward to sharing more fun ideas with you next week!