Dig Into Reading with #TBCCrafters

Featured, Say it Rah-shay By Jun 14, 2013 13 Comments

It’s been a while since I’ve been feeling crafty but with my library’s summer reading program set to start in a few days I had to get ready to rock!

The theme for summer 2013 is “Dig Into Reading” and I saw a cute garden craft on Pinterest that I wanted to recreate. I played around with ways to get the most use from the craft and here is what I came up with.



TBC garden 013

  • Velcro
  • Scissors/box cutter
  • Felt pieces (different colors and shapes)
  • Card Stock (different colors)
  • Popsicle/craft sticks
  • Tape
  • A lid for a cardboard box
  • Paper
  • Egg cartons
  • Paint

I found a template for flower pots and copied it onto brown construction paper. My student workers and I laminated the pots and cut them out. Each pot has a piece of velcro attached to it.

I found the flower templates through a Google search and printed them on cardstock, cut them out and taped them to a popsicle/craft stick.  I also attached a piece of velcro to the front of each flower.

The felt pieces come in a variety of colors and shapes. These were bought at a store and pre-cut. A small piece of velcro was attached to each one.

The student workers painted the egg cartons brown (to look like dirt!) and decorated the lid to look like a flower box. We used the box cutter to add a slit on the egg carton in order to hold the pots in place.

Materials to create a felt garden

For this game I plan to have children match the flowers to the pot by color, shape and size. There will be an additional challenge to encourage children to make patterns. I plan to add different things to the game, letters, numbers, more shapes and colors.

Our final product:


felt garden 2

When this is displayed, I will have a plastic vase to keep the unused flowers, a small container with a lid for the extra playing pieces and a sign encouraging play.

So, do you have a Thrilling Thursday craft?

Link up with The Blogger Connection Crafters!

Links to templates:
Flower pots: www.treasuresdromdj.net

Flowers: homemadebyjill.blogspot.com


I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.


  1. Jamie says:

    Adorable!! What a great way to make summer reading fun!! Pinned & Tweeted!!

    1. Rachee says:

      I’m hoping the kids like it! I want to dig in.

  2. Kathryn says:

    These are adorable! Thanks for sharing.

    1. Rachee says:

      Thanks for reading! They are really cute up close.

  3. Dawn says:

    what a great idea. the kids could help make it too.

    1. Rachee says:

      I was thinking of having them make one to take home. I have so many cartons left.

  4. Rose Powell says:

    All I’m gonna say is I’ve been saving an egg carton without reason and a toddler who loves crafts. Case closed!

    1. Rachee says:

      She is going to love it! Have fun!

  5. Cute idea! Great way to keep the kids busy!

  6. Jane Breen says:

    absolutely adorable!

  7. Mary says:

    This is a nice idea! Thanks for sharing it.

  8. Rachel Ferrucci says:

    Great idea to do with the kids! I think my grandson and I will have to do this!

  9. This is pretty cute! Our local library also has a reading program for kids and adults during summer. I and the children have joined the 2nd year and really happy to go to library every week.

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