A GNOME GARDEN ~ happy birthday sweet friend!

I have a sweet friend who celebrated a birthday last month. I wanted to do something special for her this year. She, unlike me, has a green thumb and she LOVES gnomes.

I’ve seen on Pinterest broken planter fairy gardens. They are so pretty!

Why can’t I do it with gnomes?

I ordered a bunch of cute miniature gnome figurines and other decorative pieces from Amazon.

I ran to Lowe’s Home Improvement and bought this beautiful planter.

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I also picked up some greenery and succulents. I think I got a little carried away ;).

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I wanted to break the front piece of the planter off and use part of it as a retaining wall for the dirt. I got to get out some frustration as I banged away.

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But I think I got a little carried away!! OOPS!

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The LOML ran back to Lowes to get a duplicate planter for attempt #2. Well, I didn’t learn my lesson and broke that one wrong too. So for try #3, we tried with a smaller planter that we had in our garage. It almost worked!

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This was basically the idea I was going for but the pot had a crack that went almost all the way around. I was afraid it was going to travel and the bottom would fall right out.

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Attempt #4 ~ We had a fiberglass planter that I really liked the look of but because it’s fiberglass, it was not going to break with some banging so the LOML got the 3-in-1 oscillating saw out and he cut the front off.

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TADA!! Finally it worked!!

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Then we could proceed to the fun part…making the gnome world! I placed some rocks over the hole so the dirt wouldn’t fall out. I also sanded the rough edges.

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I then filled the planter with Miracle-Gro dirt.

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The retaining wall was pushed into the dirt. Along with the plants, the dirt hopefully will hold the wall in place.

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The LOML cut some smaller pieces from the large piece he cut off, and I made stairs. Daughter #2 helped put the gnomes, mushrooms, small animals and other tiny accessories around. I planted the small plant to give some height, green moss to fill in around the stairs and retaining wall and succulents scattered around.

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Here are close-ups of the sweet gnome garden. I love the acorn lights.

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I think my favorite piece is the birdhouse. There’s a gnome sleeping at the foot of it. He fell asleep while reading his book.

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This little gnome is walking his pet hedgehog.

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This little gnome greets you as you start to climb the stairs.

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At the foot of the stairs I placed a little sign with “(my friend’s name) GARDEN” to make it a little bit more personal. I didn’t take a picture of the little lady bugs I glued all around the planter. (DARN!)

Daughter #2 and I had so much fun making the cute gift for my beautiful friend.

I think she really loved it!

And her smile (and some tears) made every broken planter that I screwed up on worth it!!

I’m going to try to use the other broken planters for my own garden.

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Love y’all,

Linda

Comments

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  2. Cynthia White says:

    I love your little gnome garden! Your friend must have really loved this special present. I’m going to show my guy, because I think we can do this with one of our broken pots (before he throws it away)!