Last year we were able to take a Spring Break trip to Walt Disney World, and I was thrilled that the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival would be happening during our trip. Among the highlights of the festival for us were the many DIY project stations that had been set up around the World Showcase. These stations featured small play areas for children, chairs for relaxing, and numerous examples of ways you can promote environmentality at home. Stations were set up with flip-through project cards, and examples of finished projects. Projects ranged from kid-friendly (creating a bird house or feeder from a juice bottle) to needing advanced skills (creating a topiary pet), and included ways to re-use old materials in ways that were completely outside the box.
Each station had a full set of instructions housed on a pedestal, but did not have cards for you to take with you. You could photograph the cards instead, and for the most part they photographed nicely. It would have been handy to have a set of instructions to take home, but it also would have gone against the idea of conservation to print the instructions out.
My son’s favorite project was the Bottle Bird Houses & Feeders.
Other projects included: Creating planting containers out of found or recycled materials, creating a lawn chair out of a garden hose, making clay pot bird baths, making topiary animals and creating a concrete block wall planter. The lawn chairs turned into flower boxes were particularly cute.
I think my creativity is limited by topiary animals…