Wednesday, December 14, 2016

DIY Play Garden: Take 2

I decided to try my hand at making another play garden. You can see my first attempt here.

He figured out they would fit along the sides too.

My little 4-year-old buddy and I played with it for about an hour while I babysat. We dug out his kitchen and BBQ and had fun planting and eating everything. I think he enjoyed my running commentary of "oh, that's a good spot for the carrot" ha ha.



This time I used a blueberry box that I liberated from No Frills instead of a paper box lid. Because it's smaller I was able to fill it all up with 1 round pool noodle. The box measures about 10x15 inches.

First I cut the noodle with a serrated knife. I ended up with about an inch leftover. 6 pieces measure about 9.5 inches long. They should be snug but not very tight, don't forget the fabric needs some room too.


I didn't feel like cutting or gluing the fabric so I tucked the pieces of noodle in the pillowcase and the tucked the extra fabric underneath everything. My pillowcase is green because I couldn't find a brown one. I suggest going to your nearest secondhand store to shop.



I printed off pictures of vegetables instead of making my own this round. Some of my sizes turned out a bit strange (the potato was massive and the peanut plant is small) but most of them turned out good. I printed them 2 to a page, 5x7 I think. I laminated them before gluing them to the popsicle sticks.

I have: 
  • broccoli
  • carrot
  • onion
  • radish
  • mushroom
  • Swiss chard
  • peanut
  • lettuce
  • leek
  • cauliflower
  • asparagus
  • flowers
Estimated Cost: 
  • Pillow case $0.50
  • Box             $0.00
  • Pool noodle    $2.00
  • 14 popsicle sticks    $0.50
  • 3 pages laminating  $2.00
  • 7 pages printed        $1.00
Total $6.00