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I have some Frugal Finds that I can’t wait to share with you, but I didn’t want today (Good Friday) to pass by without me sharing an Easter themed fun project I did with my nieces a week or so ago.
My friend Christa wrote a great post on the significance of Good Friday in our lives. I love how she says, “This weekend defines the existence of my entire life.” And she is so right. Because on Good Friday, my Lord was crucified on a tree for ME… to take my place…to give to me eternal life. BUT unlike any other god, HE didn’t stay dead but arose from the grave three days later which is why we celebrate EASTER. Without this weekend, I would have no hope, no joy, no peace of having my sins forgiven and an eternal home in heaven. So this weekend is very important to me and I hope to you too.
Last weekend, my 2 little nieces spent the weekend with me. We had two “night-night parties” as they call them, and we had a blast! We painted nails and toenails, ate ice cream, grilled hotdogs, made nachos for dinner, went shopping at yard sales, and did lots of playing outside.
And we did this Easter Garden project that I had found floating around Pinterest.
Here’s what you need:
- a short basin (I used the bottom tray of a plastic planter – like this one or this one
- a small clay or plastic planter pot – plastic version here or clay planter here
- small bag of soil
- small rocks
- one large flat rock
- grass seed or moss
- some sticks
(I think it originated on the creator’s facebook and then spread like wildfire on facebook and eventually to Pinterest.)
Fill your basin with soil. Once you have a thin layer of soil in the bottom, place your small planter inside and fill in around it.
Here you can see we filled up the whole basin and all around/over the small planter (you want it to look like a cave.) We wet the soil a little to help pack it all around the small planter.
Then we had scavenged the yard for all kinds of smaller rocks and found one larger flat rock. Place the small rocks in front of your “cave” and the larger rock to the side (for the stone that was rolled away from the grave when Christ arose from the dead.)
Now at this point you can plant grass seeds all over the hill and down the sides. Wheatgrass seeds are the best as they germinate and sprout in days (I think about 10 days). But I couldn’t find any wheatgrass seeds in any local stores. You can order them very cheap online – like these from Amazon.
BUT I spotted a hill of moss on the side of our house so we just carefully skimmed some of that off the ground and laid it on top of our hill. Using little pieces here and there and filling in all the spots.
Then we found some sticks and broke them to the right size and glued them together to form 3 crosses. And our garden was done!
My nieces are ages 2 and 4 and go to Sunday School with us each week. As we were doing this project, we were talking all about the Easter story. About how Jesus was beaten and how He died on the cross for our sins. But they made sure to say “But he’s not dead anymore! He got alive again on Easter.” Even at their age, they know sin is the bad things that they do. And the oldest one was fascinated with a story their babysitter had been telling them about the other two men that hung on the crosses next to Jesus – how one went to heaven with Jesus when he died (because he accepted Christ’s gift of salvation) and how the other one didn’t.
My nieces are a little young and they don’t completely understand all about salvation yet, but I am thankful that they are beginning to grasp bits and pieces and understand more and more.
Looking forward to Easter Sunday and celebrating with them the resurrection of Christ!
By the way, if you are looking for more Christ themed Easter projects, crafts, or ideas… I found this one and a few more at FreeFunEaster.com
I will be back next Friday with lots of frugal finds to share with you! And don’t forget the 2nd post in our “How to shop yard sales” series will be on Monday and the 2nd post in our “Sprucing up the outdoors for spring” series will be on Wednesday, plus I few other things to share too.
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