Sue Eldred
Sue Eldred
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Creating Gnome Gardens With Kids

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One of our favorite Summer traditions is creating our annual Gnome Gardens.

The boys and I look forward to making them every year.

creating gnome gardens with kids

Gnome Gardening with Kids

creating gnome gardens with kids

To create a Gnome Garden you'll need:

  • Container for your garden. I like finding unusual items like the top of a broken wagon. It adds a little extra whimsy to the garden.
  • Good Potting Soil
  • Small Garden Tools
  • Gnome or Fairy Figures
  • Rocks, Twigs and other found objects
  • Store Bought Accessories such as the gnome houses
  • Succulents
  • Annuals that won't grow too big or tall
  • I like to use Asparagus Ferns to mimic trees
  • Water Bottle

We like to add something new to our gardens every year.

As mini gardens grow in popularity… there several places you can find accessories for your gardens. Craft Stores, Online and even the Dollar Stores.

creating gnome gardens with kids
  • Start the Gnome Garden by adding potting soil to your container.
  • Allow the kids to loosen up the soil before adding plants.
  • Small gardening tools are also fun to have.
  • Add plants to the container before adding accessories.
  • I like to add the largest plants first near the back of the container.
creating gnome gardens with kids

Allow the kids to add their special pieces to the garden.

My grandsons love to arrange and rearrange the pieces until they get them just right.

I started the tradition of Gnome Gardening several years ago when my oldest grandson was only three. It's something he looks forward to every year.

creating gnome gardens with kids

The extra credit award goes to my daughter-in-law (the boys mom)She found this little gnome house at Dollar Tree and repainted it with a Mario inspired look.

The tiny Camper and firepit was from last years garden and is available at Leisure Arts.

Leisure Arts Mini Garden Supplies…     (*affiliate link)

Leisure Arts have several fairy and gnome garden accessories.

creating gnome gardens with kids

Water bottles are a great item to have when Gnome Gardening. 

It helps the boys control how much water goes on the garden, and they’re fun too.

This little stinker sprayed me as I stuck my head out the window for a quick pic. (I may have sprayed him first.)

creating gnome gardens with kids

Creating mini Gnome Gardens is a fun and memorable project to make with kids.

We always have a good time.

It gives them something to take care of all summer long. And…it adds a little whimsy to my front porch.

For more pictures of our Gnome Garden and past Gnome Gardens from Sue's Creative Workshop make sure to click on the blog post link on the bottom of this post.

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