A devoted mother shared how she created an adorable ‘enchanted garden’ for her 20-month-old daughter, Andee, and how you can too.
Joanna Roos, 41, from Darwin, said that her daughter has always loved fairytales and the idea of fairytale kingdoms, but buying a ready-made enchanted garden can cost thousands of dollars.
Instead, the handy mom decided to put her creative skills to good use and spent five months on her own for Andee with items from Bunnings Warehouse and Kmart.
Joanna told FEMAIL that she estimates she spent less than $ 500 on the entire creation.
A devoted mother shared how she created an adorable ‘enchanted garden’ for her 20-month-old daughter, Andee, and how you can too (the enchanted garden in the photo)
Joanna Roos, 41, from Darwin, said that her daughter has always liked fairytales and the idea of fairytale kingdoms, but buying a ready-made product is expensive, so she wanted to do it herself (photo)
The devoted mother (pictured with her daughter) spent five months putting together her daughter’s dream
When looking for inspiration, Joanna said she looked around online and in other gardens.
“I thought the cheapest and best idea would be to look at regular items and how to use them in other ways,” she explained.
“For example, I found a few wooden birdhouses in Kmart for $ 5 each and that’s why I made all the fairytale shops with these as a base.”
The mother had a post office, butchers and greengrocer in her ‘fairytale shops’.
Then she pulled out ‘pretty hollow tree trunks’ from her backyard and found some Bunnings wicker hanging baskets, which helped create the perfect roof.
The enchanted garden even came complete with a miniature mailbox for Andee (photo) to play with
To make the garden, Joanna said she used so many old items that she could repurpose, as well as a range of Kmart budget items (photo)
Joanna (photo) comes from Facebook Marketplace, Bunnings and Kmart
Elsewhere, Joanna said she used old cans for a Wizard of Oz set, as well as a bike she wanted to send to the tip for some Christmas lights and decorations.
“I bought a dog kennel from Facebook Martketplace and turned it into a gingerbread house with some pool noodles and a lick of paint,” she said.
“It took a few months, but it was well worth it when I saw the look on Andee’s face when she saw it.
“She absolutely loves it.”
Joanna said she spent “over five hundred dollars” on the transformation in her backyard.
She planned to send this bike (photo) to the tip, but decided to reuse and decorate it
Joanna said she made all the bases for the ‘fairytale shops’ with Kmart’s miniature birdhouses (the library and hairdressers in the photo)
About her tips for others who want to do something special, the mom said you should be willing to ‘go online for inspiration and use your imagination.’
“Think about what you might want to put in your yard, then think about the regular, inexpensive items you can use for that,” she said.
“Sometimes I found myself having to adjust my ideas as I went on, but it’s your vision and your imagination, so whatever works.”
All told, the mom said she spent about $ 500 and five months creating the enchanted garden during the coronavirus pandemic
Joanna said she used old cans for a Wizard of Oz set, which Andee loved (photo)
More than 2,000 people were impressed with the garden online (photo), and many said that Joanna had to “win the global pandemic prize for the most creative home garden project.”
Others said they couldn’t wait to try her idea out in their own garden (photo by Joanna)
When Joanna shared photos of the garden on Facebook, more than 2,000 people quickly congratulated her on her crafts:
Omg that’s great !! You did a great job, very creative, ”said one woman.
“Wonderful, I’m sure your little princess will love it,” added another.
A third said, “You win the global pandemic prize for the most creative home garden project. So sweet.’
Others revealed they couldn’t wait to try something similar for their children.