You saw what my kiddos have been busy with in the Plant Thematic Unit, but I’ve been testing my green thumb too! I’m a big believer in using thematic units because they work for kids across a wide range of abilities, including siblings in a homeschool family. So I’m sharing some of the projects I’ve been working on as classroom enrichment, extensions for older siblings, or fun projects for mom!
This bird cage came from Hobby Lobby (please note: everything in my life seems to come from Hobby Lobby!) Last year I saw fairy gardens at Graber Greenhouse in Jamesport, MO and I knew as soon as I saw the bird house it was the perfect! So I found one of those plastic things you put under a plant pot to catch the excess water (what is that?), some tiny plants, and fairy paraphernalia and assembled this vignette while the kids “helped.”
You could have lots of fun building your own fairy items (or shopping on Amazon!), you could write a story, or you could follow Anna’s lead and dance around the house like a fairy for a week.
Brett helped me with this “art” project. The box is a shadow frame (Hobby Lobby) we turned upside down so the glass is on the bottom. Using 4″ square pots Brett and I could arrange and rearrange the succulents to our heart’s content. I wanted to hang this on the wall, like I’d seen all over the internet. BUT… it is heavy! So I think I’ll use it as table décor.
This planter is a cheapie basket (NOT from Hobby Lobby, but I’m sure you can find one there.) and moss paper (Hobby Lobby! Look by the floral foam.) wrapped around with string. You’ll need to choose a basket with a large enough weave to fit a large darning needle through the spaces. Hot glue helps too! The basket came with a plastic liner but you could probably line the basket with plastic yourself too. Then you just need soil and plants!
This is more of that moss paper (heart!), a simple frame and piece of foam board. All from Hobby Lobby. They should be paying me for this post.
This requires math, which makes it the perfect project for a student who thinks they are making art. 😉 First, design a stencil. Nothing too complicated because you will trace, cut and glue this many times! Trace the stencil onto the back of the moss paper and cut. Over and over. I recommend watching a movie.
Then create a grid on your foam board. Get a rough idea of how far apart you want to space them and lightly mark the middle. Measure the distance between the center of two stencils so you’ll know how far apart to make your lines. Do the same thing with the offset lines. You’ll have two sets of grid marks, because of the offset lines. Do check it to make sure the math matches up with your eye.
Then remove the paper backing from the moss and hot glue to the foam board. I suggest using a high temp glue gun. Trim the edges as necessary. Carefully erase the grid lines. Remove the glass from your frame if desired and put in your beautiful creation!
Plants never looked better!