A couple of Fridays ago I started a new tradition over on Instagram. For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing projects that use a little easy DIY’ing and a lot of imagination. This week’s fantastical creation began with a curious gift of special “seeds” and sprouted into a magical pot of unicorns!
If you’ve never tried planting confetti or glitter…take it from me…you should give it a whirl, because incredible things are sure to sprout! 😉 A little fairy told me the secret to growing your own unicorn gardens, and since I’m no good with secrets…I’m going to share it with you…!
To make your own unicorn garden you’ll need:
- A Small Flowerpot
- Air Dry Clay
- Acrylic Paints in a variety of colors
- Foam Sheets or painted cereal boxes (I used purple & white)
- A stapler
- Some succulents (or other plants)
- A couple of empty spice bottles (or something similar)
- Glitter (Check out this awesome green alternative to standard, ocean-harming glitter)
- Our label, horn and ears template
Is there anything more magical than finding an interesting little bottle that says “plant me” and waiting to see what happens (or maybe I’ve just watched Alice & Wonderland too many times…)? It’s not a necessary step, but to get imaginations warmed up, I filled an old spice jar with confetti and added the mysterious tiny label (just tied on with a piece of twine).
The morning after the “seeds” had been planted in a pot of dirt, I left another little bottle – this time filled with glitter – with the instructions “sprinkle me”. It seems like if anything could get some unicorns growing, it would be the combination of confetti and glitter. While your curious littles are busy imagining what magic might be growing under the dirt, you can prep the final surprise…
DIY Unicorn Garden Instructions:
- Form a set of simple unicorn horns out of air-dry clay
Using a few small handfuls of air-dry clay, mold your clay into unicorn horn shapes. Let dry a full 48 hours (and I wouldn’t recommend trying to speed up the process by baking it – I tried at a low temperature and it just doesn’t seem to work as well). You can make as many or as few as you want – I wanted a few full horns and some “sprouts” in lots of different colors.
- Paint your unicorn horns
Using acrylic paints, paint your unicorn horns any color you like! I chose bright colors and made my largest horns rainbow-striped. Drying time depends on the paints, but mine dried within about 30 minutes.
- Cut out small pairs of unicorn ears
Cut some basic unicorn ear shapes out of foam sheets (I like to use foam because it can withstand the occasional plant watering, and can be rinsed off in soapy water from time to time).
You can just eyeball the size and cut them to fit the size of your horns. I think it looks most effective to layer a couple of colors, but it’s totally up to you! Once you have arranged your earpieces the way you’d like, squeeze the bottom of the ear together and staple to create a realistic curved ear form.
- Add your horns and ears to a small pot filled with dirt and succulents
It’s time to pot everything! Fill a spare flower pot with dirt and add some succulents or other fun plants. Make a few small, shallow holes by pushing your finger into the dirt, then press your unicorn horns in. Add ears at both sides of each unicorn horn, and like magic…you have a unicorn garden growing!
This is a wonderful, imagination-inspiring surprise for kiddos (especially if you slowly add things over the course of a few days!) and also a lovely gift for dreamers & magic-believers big or small! 🙂