Spring is officially here!!! The winter wait is always tough, but now we can go outside and garden! If your dolls are excited about growing things like we are, then try out this tutorial to make them a raised garden bed for their backyard. Decorate yours like we did, or you can use stickers or paint to create a fun decorative box. Which of your dolls has a green thumb? What would they plant in their garden?
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• Cereal box
• Additional cardboard pieces
• Wood-look scrapbook paper (we used 3 - 12x12 sheets)
• Brown felt (we used 1 sheet)
• Faux greenery or green construction paper to cut plants shapes from
• Hot glue and glue gun
• Craft glue
• Craft knife (optional)
• Pencil or pen
• Wire cutters if using faux greenery
• Something sharp to poke holes with (we used a seam ripper and a wooden skewer)
Ok, Let's Get Started!
Step 1: Using your ruler and pencil, draw an evenly spaced rectangle on the top of your cereal box. We left a 1.25 inch border around the top of ours, but your box may be bigger or smaller. Just measure out what looks best to you. Cut out this rectangle, keeping the whole shape intact. We used our scissors but you could also use a craft knife.
Step 2: Cover your box on the top and all sides with the wood-look paper. Try to use one solid sheet for the top, and cut an X shape to make the opening, then fold those triangles down into the box.
Once your box is covered on all sides, cut strips of paper as tall as your box, and insert them on the inside of the box, gluing in place, to create solid sides inside the box.
Step 3: Next we are going to cover the cut out piece of rectangle from the cereal box with the brown felt. But FIRST you are going to need to trim down the sides of this rectangle to make sure that once it is covered in felt, it will still fit inside the original cut out opening. We had to trim ours down 1/8 – ¼ inch on all sides, but your felt may be thinner or thicker than ours. But you do want a close fit; make sure there are no gaps. We used hot glue to glue our felt to the top and then wrap around the sides and corners of our cardboard piece.
Set aside the felt-wrapped cardboard for now.
Step 4: Using the extra pieces of cardboard, cut pieces almost as tall and wide as your box. Our box was 3 inches deep so we cut ours 2.75 inches tall, but weren’t as exact with the length. Glue these to the bottom of the box, thin sides up, to create a platform for your brown felt.
Step 5: Now we are going to poke holes in our “dirt” for the small plants we have “growing”. Mark evenly spaced holes along the felt. We made three rows. We started by using our seam ripper to poke the holes, then came back and made them all a little bigger with a wooden skewer.
Step 6: Now cut little pieces of greenery from your faux greenery. We chose a faux greenery piece that had several different kinds of colors on it so we could have more than one type of plant. If you are using construction paper, cut out little seedling shaped plants.
Stick your plants into your holes, and glue or hot glue on the reverse side to keep them in place.
Once you are happy with all your plants, set the “dirt” in your raised bed with the plants on top, and you have a wonderful little garden started for your dolls to tend to.
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