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How to make a Toy Story garden container

I must admit that whilst I’m happy with a needle and thread in my hand I’m definitely a failed gardener. Every year I try and grow something other than weeds and usually fail. When I saw the Tots100 Centre Parcs challenge I knew I should give it a go.

For the toddler’s introduction to gardening I thought we would try growing sunflowers. I thought this would be a brilliant way to encourage my little city boy and hoped that even I couldn’t kill sunflowers!

How to make a Toy Story garden container:

We went to our local garden centre and bought a packet of seeds as well as a pot to start them off in. When we got home we carefully put some soil into the pot and added a handful of seeds. I offered up a silent prayer that some of them would grow. The toddler wasn’t too impressed as he had to get his hands dirty!

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I really want to encourage his gardening skills so thought I would personalise a small galvanised bucket for him so he could put his plant pot in it. I looked through my fabric stash and found some fun Toy Story fabric. He’s a huge fan and recently got Buzz Lightyear for his birthday.

Toy Story fabric

I cut two largish patches featuring Buzz and Woody from the fabric, then cut the remaining fabric into small strips. I covered the whole pot with a thin layer of PVA glue and added the strips of fabric, adding Buzz and Woody in a central position on either side and ensuring there weren’t any gaps in the fabric.

I left the pot to dry overnight before giving it a spray of varnish just to make sure the edges of the fabric didn’t fray. It certainly made someone very happy.

Toy Story bucket


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    April 17, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Oooh where did you get the fabric? It looks fantastic!

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      April 18, 2013 at 9:11 am

      I couldn’t resist it when I saw it! I got it in a small fabric shop in Warminster but I’m sure you’ll be able to buy it online.

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    thisdayilove - leyla
    April 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    That is some great fabric my eldest would love it shes toy story mad

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