Note from Heather: Please welcome my first contributor to Dollar Store Crafts: The Masked Mommy! She’s a master of frugal fun, and will be a regular contributor to our site. Hop over to her blog and say hello!
Hi! I’m The Masked Mommy, and I’m new to blogging here at Dollar Store Crafts. I love crafting… when my house is clean enough that I can do so without feeling guilty! I’m also the biggest tightwad you’ll ever meet, so this is the perfect home for my craft ideas :-). Be sure to check out my personal blog for more fun crafty ideas!
Today I’d like to share a craft I recently made for my daughter. It’s an interactive play garden that can have flowers planted, picked, and planted again! It also serves an an adorable window decoration in a little girl’s room. It’s very fun when paired with a watering can and basket for picked flowers, and is certainly a fun educational activity for preschoolers! This idea came from the Ikat Bag, and was adapted to be made out of dollar store supplies. [Instructions for a sew-it-yourself version here].
You can find everything you need at the Dollar Tree, including the flowers, and this version does NOT involve any sewing ;-). The fabric flowers can also be found in the dollar section at Target, or JoAnne’s Fabrics.
- Pool Noodle, $1
- Brown Socks, $1 (for 2 socks)
- Cardboard box, on hand
- Glue, on hand
- Ribbon, (optional) on hand or $1
- Fabric Flowers, $1 each (need 3)
Total: $5 and up
- Carefully cut your pool noodle into 2 pieces, each a little shorter than your socks. (“Carefully” is in bold because I totally cut my finger doing this… but it turned out so cute it was worth it! Haha!)
- This is where it gets easy! Put the sections of pool noodle into the socks, and shove the extra into the middle of the pool noodle.
- If needed, alter your cardboard box so the pool noodle sections will fit snugly. Otherwise, your flowers won’t be able to wedge in tightly.
- Insert the “dirt” pool noodles into your cardboard “window box” (heel side of the sock down) and glue a piece of ribbon around the top if desired.
- That’s it! Start planting your flowers!
A big thanks to Heather for inviting me to blog over here, and I hope to see all of you again really soon! :-)
~The Masked Mommy