July 20, 2014

How to Make a Fairy Garden

Decide where you want your fairy garden - inside, outside, in your flower beds, in a container etc.  I chose containers so I picked out a few of varying sizes and placed them together.  I filled them with dirt from my back yard and then topped it off with potting soil.  You can fill half of the container with Styrofoam pieces if you are worried about weight,

The House:

  I chose to use found objects to make mine.  (O.K., I bought the moss.)

  Assemble your materials.  I used a cardboard box, sticks, rocks, and moss. Cut the cardboard and tape into the shape you want.  Spray paint it black.  *Note - It's easier to cut the windows before than add them after.  :) 


Glue the rocks and the sticks as desired onto the box.  I used E6000 because it is waterproof.

 After the rocks and sticks are dry enough they don't shift, stuff the cracks with moss.
 Cover the roof with moss and add a chimney.  I glued 4 rocks in a square and filled it with moss.  A little glass bird I had decided to build a nest on the chimney by stuffing an acorn cap with moss and settling in.

After I was done I realized I forgot to add windows.  :)  I used some lace and put sticks around the edges and in the middle and glued it to the side of the house.  The door is craft sticks with the round part cut off and stained with Early American Wood Finish.  I didn't cut it to fit the door.  I just glued it to the back of the hole and used a craft stick to stabilize it in the back. The door knob is half of a beading closure glued on.


All done.  My daughter thought it needed a butterfly and a flower.


You can use what ever you want to accessorize your house.  I used a mixture of found objects and miniatures I bought. Confession time: Considering I have killed every plant I have ever owned I thoughtfully filled my garden with beautiful fake plants. 

Assemble your accessories and assistants.

Tip - Glue a nail to the bottom of your accessories and they will stay where you put them.

Tier 1:  House and Patio - Note the cute flamingos.  :) 
 I found some "make your own" doll house furniture at Michael's as well as the miniature gardening tools.  The planters are wooden drawer knobs that happened to have the perfect size hole so I painted them and put plants in them, anchoring them with glue and moss.  

I found a cute little wheel barrow at Michael's. 

The benches were purchased at Gordman's and the trellis came from Hobby Lobby.  The fairy vines were on clearance at Michael's.  The patio is a tile left over from tiling my bathroom.

Succulent garden.  All of them are from Michael's.

I made the pathway with tiny rocks and tile pieces from my bathroom.

Tier 2:  I used a small pot just to give height to it.  This one is decorated mostly with found objects and fake plants.  There are a few small animals from my miniature animal collection.  I used crushed glass for the river and I found the bridge at Michael's.   The tire came from a toy motorcycle.

Tier 3:  Campfire made from rocks and sticks from my backyard.

Complete View

June 25, 2012

4th of July Rice Krispy Treats

Just mix up a batch of your favorite rice krispy treats.  After the cereal is mixed in add some star shaped marshmallows to the mix.  Stir just enough to mix them in and then pour them into your pan.  I stuck a few more on top for decoration.

Yes, a 3 year old can stir the melting marshmallows without getting burned.

May 28, 2012

Microwaved Ivory Soap

 Microwave Ivory Soap for 2 minutes and you get a big poofy pile.  After it cools it's dry and crumbly.  B. crumbled it all.
 Then she experimented with it.  She wanted to add water to it to see what happened.
Then she tried adding dirt.

B.'s Summer Schedule

 I got tired of my little one asking me every 5 minutes what we were going to do next so I made a visual schedule for her.  It just includes what we do in the morning and a couple things in the afternoon.  I didn't want to schedule every minute of every day.  The pictures are taped so they can be moved around and adjusted.  There are a few extra options so B.  has some say in what we are going to do that day.  For instance she can choose to do a math project or a science project. She has to choose something different each time so we don't end up doing art every day. 

May 27, 2012

Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt

I was looking for a way to spice up our neighborhood walks for the little one who tends to become bored and want to be carried.  I saw one of these on Pinterest and made my own version.

I added a few things to help us talk about safety in the neighborhood like what to do at a cross walk and what to do if you see a dog you don't know. 

We laminated ours and bring along a dry erase crayon to mark off the ones we see.

May 12, 2012

Valentines Lunch

Heart shaped sandwich, cheese and a heart cut out of apple slices.

Peeps Smores

Graham crackers, chocolate, peeps, microwave.  Need I say more?

Grass people

 Phase 1:  Put grass seed in the bottom of a knee high stocking.  Add enough dirt for it to sit on the top of a cup.  Decorate as desired.  Dip the head in water and let it soak for a couple of minutes.  Fill the cup with water and the end of the stocking makes a wick that draws the water into the head.  Just keep the cup full of water.
Phase Two:  3 weeks later.

Phase Three:  Hair Cutting Day

Daddy wants to see how long his hair can get.  This is a great way for kids to feel like they are cutting hair with out actually cutting their own.  Make sure you hide the scissors after. : )  We used children's scissors and they cut the grass just fine.

March 11, 2012

Paint Sample Heart Banner

I cut the heart out of paint samples and arranged them by color.  Then I hot glued them to a ribbon and hung it up.