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Light Up Spring Garden

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Celebrate the turn of the season with your very own secret garden! Use a variety of collage materials to construct a garden bursting with colour. As the sun goes down, your garden can really come to life with the help of LED Tealight Candles!
  • Step 1Begin by painting your egg carton dark blue on the outside and light blue on the inside. Allow to dry.
  • Step 2Print out the minibeast templates provided onto white cover paper and decorate using your favourite craft materials. We have chosen to use POSCA Markers and wiggle eyes. Allow to dry if needed then attach a straw to the back of each minibeast using sticky tape.
  • Step 3Use scissors to carefully create holes in 2 of the pointed parts of the egg carton as shown. Adult supervision is recommended when using scissors. Push the straws of the minibeasts from step 2 into the holes you have created. Trim the bottom of the straws if needed.
  • Step 4Tear some smaller pieces of tissue paper and loosely wrap the LED Tealight Candles. We have used 6 candles however you can choose how many you would like to use. Place the wrapped tealights into the egg carton wells, spacing them out nicely.
  • Step 5To create some different textures in your garden, cut strips of cover paper then cut a fringe along one edge. Roll the paper strip around your finger and use your fingers to rough up the fringing. You may need to use some glue to hold in place. Create more fringed grass using different sized strips of paper and you can even include different colours.
  • Step 6Add even more grass-like textures using green chenille stems. Fold in half, then half again. Use scissors to cut the looped end and then twist the strands together. Once you have a variety of grass textures, place them into the egg carton, filling up the remaining wells.
  • Step 7Take a green chenille stem and fold in half. Twist the lengths together from the bottom leaving approximately 2cm at the top. Push these ends through the bottom of a patty pan as shown, then use the chenille stem ends to hold a pom pom in the centre to create a flower. Repeat this step a few more times to create more flowers for your garden.
  • Step 8Place the flowers into the egg carton to complete your garden! Admire your beautiful garden all day and then once the sun goes down you can flick on the tealights to watch your garden glow!
  • Only use LED Tealights in your garden. Never leave the LED Tealights on and unattended.

Materials used in this activity

CleverPatch Junior PVA Glue - 250ml
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Product Code: 10364
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Product Code: 10814
EACH $14.29 (inc GST) $12.99 (ex GST)
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Egg Carton
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Product Code: 12333
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60 to 119 $1.32 (inc GST) $1.20 (ex GST) 120 or more $0.99 (inc GST) $0.90 (ex GST)
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CleverPatch Cover Paper Assorted - A4 - Pack of 275
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Product Code: 13652
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Product Code: 16881
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Product Code: 16912
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Tissue Paper - Dark Green - Pack of 5
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Product Code: 17590
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12 or more $1.54 (inc GST) $1.40 (ex GST)          
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Tissue Paper - Light Green - Pack of 5
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Product Code: 17591
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Clear Sticky Tape - 18mm x 66m
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Product Code: 17769
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Mini Patty Pans - Coloured - Pack of 1,000
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Product Code: 17960
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Chenille Stems - Green - Pack of 100
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Product Code: 18736
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Battery LED Tealight Candles - Pack of 12
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Product Code: 18915
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5 to 9 $20.89 (inc GST) $18.99 (ex GST) 10 or more $18.14 (inc GST) $16.49 (ex GST)
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POSCA Paint Marker - Medium Tip - Gold
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Product Code: 19004
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OXO-Biodegradable Plastic Straws - Pack of 250
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Product Code: 19167
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POSCA Paint Markers - Medium Tip - Pack of 16
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Product Code: 19481
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