How can I make my water/garden futures pretty without using water?

As I live in Cape Town, South-Africa, we currently experiencing water scarce period. I have these lovely 2 water/garden futures that I want to make pretty but without using water or much water and lots of money as everything here is very expensive. I would really love your ideas / advice & inputs please.
q how can i make my water garden futures pretty without using water
  8 answers
  • Landsharkinnc Landsharkinnc on Jul 03, 2018
    you could fill with a packaged soil -- potting soil -- and plant some thing that doesn't require much water; I don't know what plants would be available to you where you live, but I did find these -- perhaps a business that sells plants in Cape Town could advise you ...

    The use of 'GREY WATER' may be an option to help you with water conservation as well as working for your plants .. it might take some 'doing' but lots of places rely heavily on the secondary use of water for conservation ...

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Jul 03, 2018
    I feel so sorry for you guys, we think of you all the time up here in Gauteng. The top one looks like it would make a lovely planter. Maybe add a few succulents or other drought tolerant plants? I don't know if you enjoy making fairy gardens, but the bottom one's shape immediately made me think of something fairy-ish. Good luck and stay warm, that cold front you guys are having has just hit us and it's freezing up here

    • Luc31365716 Luc31365716 on Jul 03, 2018
      Thank you Michelle, yes we are freezing...but who is complaining. Yes I am looking at something fairy-ish as my granddaughter of 11 is going to tackle this project and loves gardening and fairies. Enjoy the cold

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jul 03, 2018
    should you decide to make them planters you will have to put holes in them for drainage

  • Craft lady Craft lady on Jul 04, 2018
    Fill them with sand and let your granddaughter create a fairy garden with tiny things from a craft store. build a little house from ice cream sticks, Moss etc.

  • Tammylu Tammylu on Jul 04, 2018
    How about some clear glass beads or colored glass beads, or sea glass?

  • Deb K Deb K on Jul 04, 2018
    water blue colored resin is another option, pour it in and let it set

  • Sally Sally on Jul 04, 2018
    You could break up an old mirror or get some cheap ones, glue them down, then grout with whatever color suits you (I prefer black).

  • Luc31365716 Luc31365716 on Jul 09, 2018

    Thank you for all your input and advice. We have decided to make a smurf village with the bigger feature and a artificial "sea" with blue colored resin with walk ways, stones and rocks. Now I have the smurf houses (too cute), nice rocks and stones. My question is how do I make the layers in the big feature (not the flat one), so that the houses are spread out inside it. I tried googling it but to no satisfaction am I getting the info I want. I even tried to imagine the picture in my head. Please help me!