NYC - Start Spreadin' the News

We love New York City and wanted the NYC Magic Garden to feel as BIG as the city.  JoyMaster Lisa created a city landmark rock painted with her favorite places in New York City. We made street signs, had a taxi, and even created the New York Marathon, which was Lisa’s first marathon. The fun thing about creating the garden is that the scale is not perfect. For instance, the Statue of Liberty is a little small, but she was a souvenir of one of our trips. This Magic Garden is an ideal example of how you can take wonderful memories, like a trip, and celebrate them in your garden.

Make the Magic Garden

  • What elements of the city should be in the garden?
  • Do we have any souvenirs from the trip we can use in the garden?
  • What favorite restaurants, parks, cars, meals, museums, shops or people to include?
  1. Create the roads using bark
  2. Paint rocks or bricks into your favorite buildings
  3. Place the Landmarks and roads
  4. Add other great souvenirs
  5. Cuz if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere!
  • Do you want to visit New York or have you been there?
  • What is the coolest thing about New York?
  • How do you know about New York?
  • Have you ever eaten from a street vendor?
Plants We Used
  • Cedar Seedlings (we have little “volunteers” growing in our yard all the time)
  • Hosta
  • Natural elements/rocks, logs and bark
  • Vehicles
  • Statue of Liberty
  • DIY New York City scape rock
  • DIY Bark Road
  • DIY Brick Houses
  • DIY Street Signs
  • See Marathon Magic Garden for details on those elements
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:
  • The Bull
  • Fearless Girl
  • Broadway musical stage
  • Billboards
  • Food trucks
  • Buskers
  • Any vehicles

Make a Rock Cityscape

MATERIALS: Large rock with a flat side, pencil, paint, paint brush, Sharpie and clear coat

1Draw from a Pattern: Concept your design on a piece of paper and use a pencil or a Sharpie to draw the city outline on the rock.

2Paint the City: Paint the city onto the rock. Once dry, use the Sharpie to re-draw the lines of the buildings so they are sharp.

3Add Detail & Clear Coat: Use the Sharpie to add names of restaurants, streets, tunnel names or any details, then apply clear coat.

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