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I’ve always wanted to have an Indoor Gnome Garden for our house gnomes (do a search on my blog for more info on them!), and when I saw this glass carboy on Facebook Marketplace, I knew instantly what I wanted to use it for. I only had to add a few house plants and some miniature furniture and our house gnomes would have the perfect little garden!
Glass carboys are fairly easy to find new and used, but what makes this one unique is that the seller I purchased it from had cut a 6″ rectangle into the back. This made adding all the necessary items to transform it into a Recycled Indoor Gnome Garden a cinch!
In case you haven’t tried it, Facebook Marketplace is an awesome way to discover, buy, and sell items. I’ve used it a number of times to purchase home decor and kid stuff, all reasonably priced and locally-sourced. All you have to do is type in what you’re looking for, and then you can narrow down the search results by price and location. So easy and fun!
Of course, an exact jar with a custom cut-out may be hard to find. You have two options if you want to recreate this project. If you or someone you know is comfortable around glass cutting, recreating this exact jar shouldn’t be difficult. Another option would be to use a plastic carboy that would make cutting out the rectangle easier. Either way, definitely check out Facebook Marketplace!
The most difficult part of this project is definitely choosing which plants and miniature furniture to make your Recycled Indoor Gnome Garden with. I chose indoor plants that would fill the space nicely and still be easy to keep alive. Something I often have trouble with!
Since this jar didn’t have any holes at the bottom to release water runoff, I placed large rocks at the bottom of the jar before adding the soil. This will help prevent mold while aerating the soil.
I also split most of the purchased plants in half since they would have been too large for this small space. Positioning the three plants around the rear end of the glass left me plenty of room to add the gnome accessories.
Customizing the accessories is the fun part! Your local craft store should have a ton of fairy garden options for you to choose from. I especially love this super cute acorn lantern I found!
My favorite part about having miniature spaces for our house gnomes to enjoy is the look of amazement on my kids’ faces. Even my daughter, who is only 1 year old, was quite smitten with this jar! I love to think about the amount of imaginative play that goes on in my kids’ minds when they look at this little space.
That’s the great thing about Facebook Marketplace …you just never know what you’re going to find that enriches your home and the lives of your children!
Both my boys (7 and 10 years old) absolutely love having a Gnome Home and I can’t wait to see what they do with the Recycled Indoor Gnome Garden. I’m pretty sure we’ll see some vegetables sprouting up pretty soon, and I’ve heard rumors that the gnomes are planning a pie eating contest here in a few months!
Hope you enjoy making your very own Recycled Indoor Gnome Garden with whatever container you can find on Facebook Marketplace!
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