Monday, March 22, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow?

It was just beginning to feel like spring and then...it didn't. But that's okay--we are moving forward with or without Mother Nature!

--A flower garden with removable flowers--


I got this idea to keep my little naughty busy bee, well, busy! I thought she might like to prepare for spring by "planting" flowers! The flowers are all removable so they can go in and out as many times as she wants to. And, as long as we are at it, we might as well throw a little learning twist in there, too. That's the reason the flowers are all different heights and can be ordered sequentially by height. She mastered colors long ago, but, this is another skill you can throw in your flower garden if you would like. To make one of your own, you will need the following supplies:

2x4 cut into one 12 inch length
1/2 inch board (I used poplar) 2 inches wide by 12 inches long
acrylic paints
Mod Podge
4 screws/screwdriver
drill
scrapbook paper
5/8 inch dowels (see instructions below)
felt
buttons
hot glue

Here's your wood with specific instructions following the picture:

Cut a triangle shape off the corners of your 2x4 so the top is wider than the base.
Drill the holes for your screws to hold the base to the bottom of the flower pot. I handed this off to my husband to do, but it really isn't hard. Just mark where you want your holes and make them big enough. We used pretty long screws to make this a little less destructible. If you have the right tools (drill bits), you can countersink the holes so that the head of the screw is embedded into the base and doesn't make it slightly uneven or move around. Just be sure you space your screw holes around the place where your dowels will go. You don't want one in the other!

top of base:                                                       bottom of base:

The holes for the dowel flower stems are about 1 1/2" deep to keep the stem upright once it is placed in the hole. The holes are just slightly bigger than 5/8 inch (the size of the dowel) so that the dowel will go in easily. I didn't want my daughter to struggle too much to plant her flowers or she would never play with this.

Cut the dowels into 5 pieces that are each 5, 6, 7, 8,  and 9 inches long and then paint them green. (This took one long dowel from Hobby Lobby)

Next, I painted the base and all of the edges of my flower pot. I painted the pot and the base colors Avery chose and then the top of the pot is brown so it looks like dirt. I didn't paint in the "middle" of each space because I was just going to cover it up with paper. This is the bottom of the flower pot and I did paint it, too, since I didn't want any unpainted edges to show from the top side.

I traced around the wood right onto my scrapbook paper to make the pretty parts of my flower part. I numbered the papers and the sides of the wood so I didn't have to worry about slight variations from one side to the other.

Use Mod Podge to adhere your scrapbook paper to your wood. When that is completely dry, paint at least 2 coats of Mod Podge over the whole thing (each piece separately) letting each coat dry thoroughly before the next.

You may need to redrill your holes at this point just because paint and Mod Podge may get in there and make them a little small to fit the dowels or screws.

Screw the base to the bottom of the flower pot and that part is done.

There are so many ways you can make flowers. I chose to use felt (the cheap kind) because, with a high melt glue gun, it will melt to the dowel pretty well when you glue it on, thus making it less likely to get yanked off. I also used felt for the centers of the flowers because I like the bright colors. I hand sewed these on to help them stay more securely than they might with glue. If you want to use a button in the center of your flower, be sure you sew it on securely before you glue your felt to the dowel. You could make the flowers different on each side of the flower, too. There's a lot of room for creativity here!

You need 10 flowers all together. Glue your flowers to each side of the dowel.


Now, go plant some pretty flowers!

I'm linking to these places today:
 

The Girl Creative

Sumo Sweet Stuff
Making
SYS Thurs

11 comments:

Marie-Andrée,  said... March 29, 2010 at 5:36 PM  

Good idea! I will use color crayons for the base of the flowers. A color for the base and a color for the flower...

she wears flowers,  said... March 30, 2010 at 9:31 PM  

Marie-Andrée,

I think you mean that you are going to make this a color matching activity as well--what a great idea!

Julie,  said... May 11, 2010 at 12:17 PM  

This is so cute. I have a linky party open on my blog for an upcoming Flower Week event. I would love it if you linked this up or any other flower projects you have. http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2010/05/flower-week-linky-party.html

Swedie,  said... May 12, 2010 at 12:20 PM  

What a great and easy flower project! I'm going to have to add a summer page to my website so I can link it: www.craftlinky.com

Julie,  said... May 12, 2010 at 6:24 PM  

Thanks for linking for Flower Week @ Singing Three Little Birds

Julie,  said... June 25, 2010 at 7:04 AM  

Feauturing you today for Featured Flower Friday @ Singing Three Little Birds!

Mom2Da'Gorgeouses,  said... July 30, 2010 at 8:34 PM  

This would be cool as a teacher gift if you substitute the dowels for pens! I ♥ this idea!! Hugs & Blessings!

Shelly,  said... March 27, 2011 at 1:09 PM  

Adorable! I'll be making one of these for my lil' guys at work. Thanks for sharing!!! :)
~Shelly

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