Miniature bags of potting mix

The Spring Garden- How to Make Miniature Bags of Potting Mix

We have half a dozen lovely Summer Garden Dioramas in our house bursting with beautiful flowers, vegetables, a manicured lawn with deckchair, picturesque pond with fish etc. All very pretty… but what about that rather sad and drab time of the year when the garden is not looking its best? Winter is almost finished and spring has yet to spring in to action. What about that time of year?

This was a challenge we just had to try and we hope you will get inspired to give it a go yourselves.

This is the finished garden project, although no miniature scene is ever completely finished. There’s always a new little piece can always be added later.

This project covers making the bags of potting mix and soil improver.

What you will need:

  1. Air dry clay (we used some Crayola clay).
  2. Some advertising magazines from hardware or garden centres (that show clear images of the brands that you would like to reproduce).
  3. small amount of dried unused tea leaves, crushed fine with the back of spoon or using a mortar and pestle.
  4. glue- PVA or ModPodge etc.

How to:

Take some small bits of the clay ~1″ to 1 1/2″ (or 2.5 to 4 cm for the metrically inclined) and form into a rectangle. Pinch the top and bottom to form the seal of the bag and deepen the edge with a tooth pick or similar. Hint: These bags don’t have to be perfect. Don’t forget most bags from the garden centres have the odd bulge where the contents have settled. You don’t need to have the sides perfectly smooth. Have a little fun making some lumpy bags- you don’t need to have precision for this project.

For an open bag, make a slit in the top and widen it out with your finger to make a small well. This will provide a hollow for the dried tea leaves to be glued into the bag. See below.

When the clay has dried completely (overnight) glue on your labels and varnish if desired to give that glossy bag look.

Hint: Some bags might have been used and left in the shed for a while and now have a decidedly ‘grubby’ look. If you would like to re-create this look, apply some diluted grey or brown (or both) paint and smear some grime on the bags before varnishing.

Hope you have some fun with this project. Look out for our other Spring Garden projects to help you get your gardens into shape.

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