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Flower Garden


  • 1/2" plywood (for tray) *
  • 1/4" birch plywood (for fence pickets) *
  • 1/2" x 1/4" pine strip (for fence rail) *
  • white paint
  • artificial grass
  • heavy duty staples (to staple grass to tray)
  • 1/2" brads (to nail fence pickets to rails)
* Used for the original costume. Heavy white foam core or cardboard could be substituted for this.


The flower costume for Nicole was purchased at Baby's R Us for about $20. Depending on what you use for the rest of the costume, the cost will be $10-$25.

This project sounds a little more difficult than it really is to build. If you are comfortable with a saw and a drill, it is very straight forward. If you are using other materials which are more light weight (foam core or cardboard), an electric knife could be used.

The first thing to make is a copy of your tray by tracing the outline of your tray on the 1/2" sheet of plywood and cutting it out with a jig saw. In addition to cutting the outline, you will also need to drill out the holes for the mounting hardware. You can transfer the mounting hardware of your tray to the new tray. Once you have this new tray, you can use it for other projects. Another idea is to make the tray out of one of the alternative materials and attach it to your actual tray with Velcro straps around the arm rests.

Next affix the artificial grass to the tray. Start from the front straight edge of the tray. Staple the grass to the bottom of the tray. When stapling the grass, fold the edge under itself so that it doesn't fray. Once the front edge is secure, stretch the grass across the tray and fasten a couple of staples to hold in place. Then work around the tray stapling the grass underneath the tray until you have gone all the way around. The cut out requires a few cuts to get the grass to fit.

This project used 9 fence pickets approximately 2" x 9". Each picket has a half circle cut out on each side as well as two 45 degree angle cuts at the top. The easiest way to make the pickets is to start with a 9" x 18" sheet of 1/4" birch plywood. Mark off lines from top to bottom at two inch increments. 2" from the top draw a line across the sheet. Using a 3/4" forstner bit drill out eight holes, with a half circle at each end. It's probably easier to paint the project when it's in one piece, so at this time use white paint to paint each side of the sheet. Once the paint is dry, re-mark lines in 2" increments across the sheet. Use a table saw or chop saw to cut out each picket. At the top of each picket, make a 45 degree angle cut on each side to give the picket its shape. SAFETY TIP: Make sure to leave a small space at the top so it's not pointed. Once each picket is cut, touch up the edges with paint. Again, the pickets can be made out of the alternative materials.

The final part is to affix the pickets to the rails. Cut the rails to length across the front and sides. Use brads to affix the pickets to the rails. The rails can be positioned 4" from the top. Space the pickets by eye. Affix the fence to the tray by using brads to affix the lower half of the fence to the tray edges. If an alternative light weight material is being substituted for plywood, a glue gun could also aid in attaching pickets and rails.

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