This magical garden terrarium is the perfect spot for a friendly leprechaun to live, just in time for St. Patrick's Day, and it cost under $10 to create!
This year, I've joined with 16 crazy talented bloggers, and we're each sharing St. Patrick's Day crafts - on a budget! Each blogger was given a budget of no more than $10 and challenged to create a St. Patrick's Day craft using items from the dollar store or dollar section of their local stores.
For my leprechaun garden project:
As much as I admire the trend in fairy garden terrariums, I knew there was no way I'd ever talk any of the guys in my family into having one around here. However, a leprechaun garden is apparently an entirely different story. They were completely down for creating a magical little place for a leprechaun to live.
Supplies I purchased (along with the price of each item & where I found them):
* Large glass jar $4 Walmart
* Mint plant $3 Walmart
* Tiny garden sign $1 Hobby Lobby
* Pebbles $1 Dollar Tree
* Wood birdhouse 97¢
Supplies I already had:
* Spanish moss
* Potting soil
* Gold coins (leftovers from an arcade)
* Nail polish
* Total out of pocket $9.97
To begin, we places a layer of the pebbles in the bottom of the garden terrarium for drainage.
Then, add a layer of potting soil a few inches deep & the mint plant.
Top the soil with moss.
Because everyone knows leprechauns like their gold, we used glittery nail polish and "painted" it onto the gold arcade coins.
Then, placed them around the inside of the garden, because obviously leprechauns like to keep their gold close by.
Next, we painted the wood birdhouse a darker brown and I hot glued a little button onto it for his door.
A rainbow colored stepping stone path to the leprechauns front door was next. Again, we used nail polish in all the colors of the rainbow to paint the pebbles.
The reason we chose to paint these with polish was because (in theory) it won't wash off easily when we water the plant.
The colors are more vibrant using polish also.
Our leprechaun has a name, Mr. Clover, so we wrote it on his sign in case he ever forgets where he lives, or in case of visitors.
As a bit of an afterthought, the kiddo realized the leprechaun may not be able to get into his garden without a ladder.
So, we gathered twigs, and I hot glued them into a rickety little ladder.
I just love watching kids imaginations soar. They were so much more into this then I ever thought they would be. The results are awesome.
We haven't spotted Mr. Clover yet, but then again, it's not quite St. Patrick's Day yet, so I guess we'll see!
In the meantime, check out the rest of these budget friendly crafts from our blog hop...
Do you have a budget friendly St. Patrick's Day craft to share?
Link up your project below and be seen on all 16 blogs!