Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Egg Cup Fairy Garden

We are so delighted to be participating in the Spring HOP FEST over on Instagram this week, if you've not heard of HOP FEST it is a super awesome collection of creative ladies who have got together over early mornings/late nights and coffee to bring you lots and lots of crafty Easter and Spring goodness. It kicked off yesterday with four fabulous ideas and today we are happy to make up a quarter of the next four ideas with our Springy eggy fairy garden!

So as I began trying to decided what spring craft to make I struggled and struggled until I thought of what my kids would LOVE. We are HUGE fairy fans so making a mini fairy garden seemed like something they'd all want to do and egg cups made it the perfect Easter accompaniment. So if you'd like to try your hand at making your own tiny fairy garden read on.

You will need:

White china egg cups or small bowls
Small succulents or other small flowers
Potting Soil
Acrylic Paint
Fairy garden accessories, tiny animals/toadstools

Step 1

Let your child decorate the egg cup. I gave each child three or four colors, I showed them how if they wanted to paint a stripe around the egg cup its easier to turn the cup and keep their hand still. We also used the end of a pencil to make dot patterns on our egg cups. If they make a mistake so long as your using a glazed egg cup you should be able to wipe off any mistakes quite easily with a piece of dry kitchen roll.

Once you are done painting leave your egg cups to dry completely before you start the next part.

Step 2

Once your pot is dry take your succulent and pot it up into the egg cup. If you can't get a succulent or small plant you could also plant cress seeds or grass but remember this will take a little longer to grow up before you can add the next pieces. If potting up a succulent you may need some additional potting soil to fill in any spaces left to make sure its nice and snug in its cup.

Step 3

Once you have potted up your plant give it a little water and then add the details. We placed tiny pebbles around the base of the plant.  

Next we added some little toadstools, ladybugs, paper flowers, tiny houses and rabbits. We picked all our miniature pieces up from the craft store and Amazon. Let your child decide what they want to add and where to add it, some will choose to add as much as possible and thats fine, let them design their minute garden for the fairies. show them how to add the things carefully without damaging the plant.

Changing the size of things is always a hit with the kids and these tiny gardens are no exception.

And your done. A tiny garden for the Spring Fairies to explore.

And when gardens are this tiny there is lots of space for them to multiply!!

And make sure you check out all the other fun Spring crafts this week over on the IG hashtag #HOP_Fest

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