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To celebrate Garden Collage’s launch I created a fun and easy gardening project for kids. One of the most rewarding and fun parts of gardening with children is seeing their excitement when the first little bud pops out from something they have planted. Gardening offers so many benefits for children but most importantly it allows them to get away from electronic distractions while getting their hands dirty and creating and growing something of their very own.
My daughters love fairies so I thought creating a magical fairy garden house would be the perfect Spring project. I wanted to use recycled materials for the project so we used milk cartons as our base. My daughters also love pizza so we chose herbs that they could later use in homemade pizza sauce (basil, oregano, and parsley). Below are step by step instructions and photos so your child can design their own fairy house!
You Will Need
1 Empty Half Gallon Milk Carton
1 Pack of Popsicle Sticks
4 Wooden Rods
1. Cut your empty milk carton towards the bottom 1/4 of the container (it should measure about 3-4 inches).
2. Cut 10 popsicle sticks in half (these will be used for the bottom half of the milk carton). Cut 20 more popsicles sticks to the size of your top portion of the milk carton leaving a small end pieces (these end pieces will be used later for the roof).
3. Set out fingerprints and have your little one paint all of the popsicle sticks and wooden rods in his/her desired colors. Let dry. (*I also purchased a few wooden knobs and accessories for toadstools and a “fairies only” sign)
4. Next take two of the small end pieces of the popsicle sticks and glue one on top of the end of the other so that it resembles roofing shingles. Do this with all of the end pieces and let dry.
5. Begin gluing the painted popsicle sticks to the milk carton. Glue dried roofing shingle popsicle sticks to the the top of the milk carton.
6. Next head outside and let your child shovel potting soil into the bottom portion of the milk carton. Have him/her then gently place seeds in and cover loosely with soil.
7. Place wooden dowels in 4 corners of milk carton, packing in well with soil to hold them in place. Then place roof on top so that it balances on wooden rods.
8. Place your fairy garden in an area where it will get adequate sunlight and watch it grow! The roof can be removed at any time for more sunlight to reach the garden.
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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Garden Collage. All opinions and reviews are my own.