We are starting our garden here. It’s a big spring event, and the whole family participates! Nobody is as excited about the garden this year as my four year old daughter. She loves to play outside in the dirt mostly, but she also really loves the flowers. I don’t mind having her help outside in the garden, but it does get pretty dirty! I decided that I wanted to make her a play garden of her own that she could use indoors. One that didn’t make such a big mess. This Serving Tray Felt Flower Play Garden is so simple, and so much fun! A Walnut Hollow Serving Tray was the perfect container!
Here’s what you’ll need to make your own Serving Tray Felt Flower Play Garden:
- Walnut Hollow Serving Tray
- Walnut Hollow Rustic Signs, small (3 pack)
- Brown Felt
- Colored felt sheets
- Acrylic craft paint and paint brush
- Large lollipop sticks
- Green Chenille Stems
- Fiberfill stuffing
- Needle and Brown thread
Paint the Serving Tray. I painted mine green, but you could use any color you wanted, stain it, or even just leave it plain. I used one thin coat of paint, you can still see the wood grain through it. Let the tray dry completely.
Create the garden “dirt” rolls. Cut four squares from your brown felt. The felt squares should be 12 inches by 13 inches. Use a felt compatible glue to secure both 12 inch sides and create a roll.
Use a needle and brown thread to sew a running stitch around the ends of each dirt roll. Pull the loose thread tight to close up the end of the brown felt roll.
Fill with fiberfill stuffing. and repeat the running stitch to close the top end of the roll.
Place the four dirt rolls in the Serving tray to create “dirt”
Paint the rustic sign garden markers and customize them for your little ones. I painted my signs with white acrylic craft paint and used cut vinyl decals to decorate them for my daughter.
Make felt flowers to go in your new serving tray play garden. Attach your felt flowers to chenille wrapped large lollipop sticks and you can pop the sticks between the dirt rolls to plant your flowers.
You could also purchase artificial silk flowers to “plant” in the garden, the stems will slide between the dirt rolls just as well as the felt flower stems. if the artificial flowers have stems that are too thin and they aren’t standing up, wrap the flower stem with a chenille stem to thicken it up. I found a few small plastic plants to use with my felt flowers.
Check out the video below to see how I made the felt play garden and how I make two of my favorite felt flowers to go in the garden.
Which flowers would you plant in your Serving Tray Play Garden?
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After studying Culinary Arts in Portland Oregon, Kelli went back home to the sunny South West where she decided she wanted to do different kinds of Art. This busy mom of three spends all of her available free time creating in her Craft Shack “she shed” where she can be found burning wood, repurposing old stuff, crafting, and painting just about anything she can get her hands on.