Stop & Smell The Roses

Rose gardens are our favorite place to have a picnic. The scent is incredible, it’s gorgeous to the eye, and often includes a bench or grassy areas perfect for rolling out a blanket. Besides, you can’t help but slow down when you are in the presence of majestic roses. We wanted to recreate the magic of a rose garden by creating a space where a fairy could read a book or enjoy some fun with fairy friends. The garden has a slightly older child vibe, but you could also add superheroes or dinosaurs and create non-traditional colored roses to spark a younger spirit.

Make the Magic Garden

Design
  • Should we plant a real rose garden with three or four rose bushes, and then plant a Rose Magic Garden underneath?
  • What color should our clay roses be?
Create
  1. Find at tile to be the centerpiece
  2. Make clay roses (see below)
  3. Put wire in roses and plant
  4. Add furniture and fairies
  5. Feel rosey!
Connect
  • What is your favorite color rose?
  • How long do you think it takes a rose to bloom?
  • Did you know rose colors mean different things?
  • Why do roses have thorns?
Plants We Used
  • Strawberry Plant
  • Mulch
  • Moss
  • Fern
Materials
  • Tile
  • Stone Fence
  • Topiaries
  • Furniture
  • DIY Clay Roses (see below)
Magic Basket
A Magic Basket, is a collection of extra fun that kids can take into their Magic Gardens. It can be bark, rocks, pinecones and toys - the sky is the limit. For this garden, here are a few other ideas:
  • Silk roses
  • Archway
  • Mini picnic
  • Fairies
  • Books
  • Small basket to hold extra flowers

Make Clay Roses

Making roses is a really simple and affordable project to have kids help create something that can last in the garden a long time.

1 Prep Clay: Clay should be unwrapped, kneaded until soft and then rolled into desired size (our was four inch circle).

2Cut Strips & Mold: Cut strips and hand roll into rose shape slightly bending edges out, poke a hole in the bottom with a wire before baking.

3Bake & Add Wire: Bake as directed, watch the time closely because it will vary based on thickness of clay. Once cooled, add wire stem (this can be a toothpick too).

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