Easter Garden Tutorial

I can hardly believe Palm Sunday is in just five days!  I decided to get a jump-start on the Holy Week project I mentioned at the beginning of Lent.  I first saw this idea on A Holy Experience and then on Embracing the Now.  To be honest, I was a little bit intimidated by this project, but went for it anyway.  Here is what I used:

Bright Eyes and I started by making the tomb and boulder together.  This particular clay is from Michael’s.  It was a little bit difficult to manipulate, so I used a rolling pin to flatten it to about 1/4 inch.  Then I just played around with it until I got the shape I wanted.  I made the boulder to fit in front of the tomb opening.  I baked them both in a 275 degree oven in a Pyrex casserole dish for thirty minutes.  This is what it looked like when I was finished:

While the tomb was baking and cooling, I got started on the garden itself.  I could not find a round, shallow basket without a handle anywhere!  So I decided just to go with a 24″ plastic dish that you would place under a pot.

Then I added some rocks and gravel for drainage.

I used about 2/3 of a bag of potting soil to top it off.

Then I got started with the planting.  I purchased all of the plants and succulents at my local garden center.

I tried to leave a space for the tomb in the middle-back area so that eventually we can add some peg people next week.  Look for another Tutorial Tuesday with a little help from Erin at Embracing the Now.

I placed some moss over the top of the tomb (thanks for the moss, Sue!) and in various places around the garden.

I wasn’t able to make a bottom to the tomb out of clay, so I just tossed some gray rocks from my yard in there.

When the children get home from school, I’m going to ask them to choose some rocks from our yard to be the stepping stones through the garden to the tomb.  Then next week, we will all make the peg people together…hopefully.

This really was a simple project.  I hope I inspired you to make your own Easter Garden with your children!

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6 Responses to Easter Garden Tutorial

  1. It looks wonderful Mary! I can’t wait to get started on ours. I’ll be raiding my garden again for hens and chicks and then I’ll pick up a few plants to fill the garden out. Funny that I found my basket at our local dump’s recycling centre (i.e. what the locals call “The Mall” — an old tractor trailer lined with shelves and lots of free goodies for the taking)! I am considering planting some cat grass in ours as well this year to watch it grow and flourish through the season. I can’t wait to get started! Good for you for doing it this week. Holy Week is so full!

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