Thursday, May 1, 2014

Child's Dish Garden Inspired by Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. As always, all opinions are my own and truthful.

My girls love the story of the Wizard of Oz and can't wait for the new movie, 
Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return to come out in theaters on May 9th, 2014.
It is a 3-D animated musical based on the wonderful adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. The movie is a continuation of one of the world's most popular and beloved fairy tales. Legends of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a creepy and devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). I have to say that clowns and jesters completely creep me out so kudos to the folks at Oz for picking a good villain! 
New characters Wiser the Owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the Tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey 
through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to the Emerald City.
Academy Award nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams wrote the songs for this family friendly-film. 

The girls and I loved China Country in the new movie, Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return. 
So, we used it as inspiration for our latest backyard fun project, a child's dish garden!

To make the garden, we repurposed some cute cups, saucers, and a tea pot from our local thrift store.
The blue plastic tub was procured at our local big box store and filled the bottom with fish gravel and sphagnum moss for drainage then added some potting soil and the plants.

We used tiny flowers that can handle our wacky Oregon weather from our local garden center. 
 My daughter asked to add a mint plant so we can make our own "Tea" from our little tea themed garden.
We also added some bright green "Reindeer Moss" from the craft store for some fun pops of color.

We even stacked some of our tea cups into little towers like the movie, 
but we added dirt and flowers to ours - so cute!

That is the mint plant in the center, we will see how big it gets this summer. 
I'm putting my seven-year-old-daughter, "C" in charge of giving it regular trims and "hair cuts"!
We plan to dry leaves to make our own mint tea. 

Dorothy reminds me of my own sweet "C".

What fun is a dish garden for kids if they can't play in it? 
The girls and I made some of our own Legend's of Oz characters by transforming some
small (Polly Pocket) dolls into our own cast of Oz characters. 
Here is Dorothy walking up the Yellow Brick Road, looks like she's going to have a conversation 
with the Tin Man (played perfectly by Kelsey Grammer in the new movie). 

To make our own "Tin Man" we glued a food coloring lid to the head of a small doll and spray painted
him Silver. Once the paint dried, I added some lines and a heart with Sharpie. 

We were inspired by the Yellow Brick Road in the movie and wanted to make our own
for our dish garden. We made our own yellow bricks by painting the bottoms of glass stones
from the craft store with glittery, gold nail polish. It worked like a charm! 
They dried quickly and seem to be holding up to the water in the planter. 

I hope it inspired you to make your own Legends of Oz garden!

Pink and Green Mama, 

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