Here’s a garden the kids can have some fun with! Use it for the Easter table, but leave it up all Spring. It’s such a cute display!
This is such a fun craft! The kids can take the carrots out of their holes, and plant them all over again & again!
Here’s What You’ll Need To Get Started:
Orange Chenille Strip
Green Raffia – If you can’t find green – you can dye the natural raffia green.
A foam floral brick
Green Scrapbook Paper – I found some that had a grass print – perfect!
Popsicle Sticks (about 30) painted white
Hot Glue & Hot Glue gun – or Elmer’s glue (the strong hold type – not the school glue)
A drill bit – or large pointed bolt (about 1/2 inch in width)
Making the Carrots:
- Take your sharpened pencil and hold it in your hands.
- With one hand, starting a couple of inches from the sharpened end of the pencil, begin wrapping the chenille strip around the pencil.
- As you get down to the end, wrap the end around the pointed tip of the pencil – this give the end of the carrot a pointed carrot look.
- Cut a 2 inch piece of raffia, and make a few cuts in that to make strips.
- Glue the intact end of raffia inside the top of the carrot.
Now, Here’s What To Do To Make Your Garden:
- Glue your fencing together. For each garden – made 4 sections of 5 Popsicle sticks (Distribute them out 4 & 1/2 inches across). With a stick going across the top and bottom for support ( 1 inch from the ends of the vertical sticks). And, make 2 sections of 2 vertical sticks– ( distribute them within 2 inches) you’ll cut a stick in half for the cross top and bottom piece.
- On a narrow side of your brick – the top of your garden – use your bolt or drill bit to make 5 carrot holes – about 1 inch deep. Just apply a little pressure as you twist the bolt into your foam. Use your carrot as your guide. You want to be able to plant the carrot end, with most of the carrot sticking out. So, just keep trying to plant a chenille carrot, when its as deep as you like it, you’re there. Shake the extra green foam dust you created when drilling out of the carrot holes.
- Turn your green paper over to the back side, and using your foam brick trace around each side, and end – except the side with the holes. ( the top of the brick – this is the top of your garden – you don’t want grass growing in your garden :)) (you should have 5 different templates drawn.) Cut those out.
- Glue your paper – matching the sizes up – to the 5 sides of your brick.
- Glue your fencing around the brick. Try to line your bottom up evenly – so it stands without wobbling. I know that’s hard. You can always add a little glue dot to one end to even it up.
- Using your spray adhesive, spray the top of your garden.
- Shake your brown glitter all over the top – try to avoid getting it into the holes, but don’t worry if you do
- Let this dry a little, before you plant your carrots – so the carrot doesn’t get all sticky, and glittery.
You’re Done! It’s so much fun for the kids! & cute on the table! Enjoy! 🙂
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