Sunday, June 6, 2010

* End Of The Year Teacher Gift: Fairy Garden In A Pot

This is my favorite project we've made in a while
and I couldn't wait to share it with you.

It's that time of year again...

School is ending and I needed gifts 
for the wonderful women 
who teach my daughters....

their Mamas away from home.

Instead of gift cards,
or coffee cups, 
or even cut flowers....

we decided to get crafty 
and make a gift from the heart
for each of their special teachers.

That meant three potted Fairy Gardens,
one for each teacher

(two for preschool, and one First Grade teacher)

plus a bonus garden to keep at home
(because you can't make something this cool
and not keep one for your own kids to enjoy!)

First, the girls painted these little wooden houses
we found for  $1 each (!) at Michaels Craft store
with washable acrylic craft paint.

If you were going to keep yours outdoors,
add a layer of clear acrylic sealant.

"E" (age 7) added moss to the roof of hers
to make it more elf/fairy-like

"C" (age 3) just wanted to go with lots of color.

While the houses dried,
we went out to the garage 
and got to work filling our pots.

(plastic salad bowls I found at Walmart
in the Seasonal patriotic display area)

We added a layer of fish gravel
to help with drainage....

Then, spagnum moss...

Then we started planting flowers
and herbs in organic potting mix.

We added some pebble pathways,
assorted dried moss (from the craft store),
and made little "Welcome" stones
(or "Thank you!")
 to set by the front door of each house.

The final touches included some 
wooden lady bugs painted by the girls
and some little butterflies
with signs to say "thanks" to our very favorite teachers.

We were inspired to make 

She always has the best ideas - thank you,
the girls LOVED making them. 

pink and green mama

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