Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Easter Garden

Today my project is being featured on Inspirations – my first post for the blog.
When I got my date for Inspirations I thought it was quite near Easter and tried to come up with an Easter craft.  There are so many Christmas crafts but not so many for Easter it seems…

We used to make Easter gardens at Sunday school and youth group; I always enjoyed making them and thought I’d revive my love but with a ‘ribbony’ twist. 


I started with a piece of polystyrene cut to a rectangle.  I glued a couple more bits of polystyrene together for the hill and carved it to shape with my craft knife. 

Then I took a thicker piece of polystyrene and carved it in to a tomb.  My tomb stone is a vintage button from my Grandma’s button box.

To make button gravel:
Put 2 or 3 buttons in a zip lock bag cover entirely with kitchen roll (make an envelope like shape so no small pieces escape and cause injury!)
Place on a tough surface (I used the mat I have for punching holes and setting eyelets) 
(get someone strong to) Smack ‘em with a hammer!!!

To make ribbon grass:
Take a few colours of green, brown and neutral satin ribbons (off cuts are great for this) and chop in to 1-2mm pieces over a pot. 
Gently rub between thumb and finger to ‘fluff up’.


To make pin daisies:

Take a pin and push into polystyrene or a block of blutak to secure it.  
Cut a piece of 3mm satin ribbon to approx 4cm. 
Sew a line of small running stitches along on e edge.
Pull the thread tight, gathering the ribbon, and tie tightly around the stem of the pin.

To make the pond and reeds:

Secure some more thin strips of raffia underneath a blue button.  
Cover the button with glossy accents, arranging your reeds whilst the glaze is drying.

To make the crosses:
Cut the head off a matchstick.
Cut the stick in to two pieces, one roughly double the size of the other.
Secure with a dab of glue.
While the glue is drying pull some strips off a piece of raffia and twist to make a natural looking thread.
Wind the thin raffia string around the join of the cross.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing this and I wish you a Happy Easter!

Sharing at:
Inspire Me Mondays
Inspire Me Fridays
Brown Sugar - Easter
Creative Inspirations Paint - go green  (recycled from off cuts or old packaging)
Anything But A Card - green (recycled from off cuts or old packaging)
Avenue613 - anything goes
The NY Melrose Family
Lil Luna


  1. Thats really clever Laura, never seen one before.

    Gill x

  2. Lovely project!!! Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspiration Paints for our challenge this week!

  3. Hi Laura,
    This is fab it reminds of the miniature gardens we used to make with my mum, thanks for sharing
    Rosie x

  4. This is so clever and cute. My dd is looking with me and she totally wants to make this project. Thanks for a lovely idea. Have a happy, crafty week. LisaDV #118

  5. That must have taken you so long to do - I used to love making those at school. Not sure I could smash up buttons though (love them too much), a step too far for me even though it looks perfect as gravel. Lovely project. XX

    1. Yeah, I'll admit smashing up buttons wasn't easy for me, but it was in the name of art so please forgive me!! ;)

  6. Nice project. Thanks for joining us at Brown Sugar.

  7. That's a really fabulous Easter project.

    Thanks for joining us at 613 Avenue Create this week. Hope to see you again next week. DT Crafting Vicky

  8. Clever project! Thanks for playing along with us at 613 Avenue Create!

  9. I have never seen an Easter garden before! This is full of such wonderful detail and I love how you used the various crafting items in a new way! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But a Card!

  10. Beautiful!!!!!!!! :) Thanks for joining us at Anything But a Card this week!!! :) :)


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