Unique miniature garden, featuring your petite plants

displayed in half of a walnut shell.

Stand is made of foam.

Step 1: Assembling the Stand

To create the stand you'll need:

  • 6"x4" foam rectangle (I cut my rectangle from a longer foam ~ note: use the harder foam for easier cutting)
  • 2" diameter cylinder that you'll be cutting shorter cylinders from
  • your favorite color spray paint (I used gold webbing spray paint)
  • glue gun
  • knife, chef's and serrated
  1. If your foam rectangle is not 6"x4", cut one from a larger piece.
  2. Mark your 2" foam cylinder, so you end up with three 2" pieces and two 1" pieces.
  3. Using a serrated knife, slowly saw through the cylinder rotating to make sure you cut evenly.
  4. After you have cut your 5 pieces, make a small dimple at the end of each cylinder (this is where the walnut shell will be resting. You can use your nail to scrape a bit of the foam; no need to make it too deep.
  5. At this point, you should have a rectangle piece with 5 cylinders (3 tall, 2 short).
  6. Using the glue gun, glue the cylinders to the rectangle ~ tall in the back, short in the front.
  7. Spray paint the foam and allow to dry.

Step 2: Preparing the Walnut Shells

One way to split the walnut shell is by placing a chef's knife on the side of the walnut where you see a hairline crack along the seam and then using a hammer gently tap to start splitting the shell.

You will end up with some shells that will crack unevenly, but out of 12 walnuts you should be able to get 5 nice halves.

Clean out the walnut meat and scrape out any large membranes (you can also use sandpaper).

You can spray the inside of the shell with a lacquer to make it waterproof, though I did not.

Step 3: Potting Your Plants

Using your favorite miniature plants, plant each one into a walnut half.

Because the shell is small, you will have to water more frequently; you can also spray the leaves with a spray water bottle. Some plants you can nip the center of to keep short and bushy, others may need transplanting if they grow too big.

I bought some decorative moss and added to the corners of the display stand to dress it up.

Great to display in a window sill.

Enjoy your miniature garden.

What are the plants in the back? The two on the outside.
<p>that is brilliant! amazing job , thanks so much for sharing</p>
<p>I'd like to make this with an mp3 player embedded in there so the plants could enjoy sum classical music endlessly and maybe keep them warm when it git's a little cold near that window sill yea</p><p>gr8 job tyvm for sharing</p>
<p>That sounds interesting!</p>
<p>you could drill a bottom in the shells then put some dirt underneath for bigger plants</p>
<p>Thanks a GREAT idea!! :)</p>
<p>Very nice garden.</p>
<p>Thank you :)</p>
This is really cute and maybe even coconuts could work too if you wanted to put bigger plants in there
Thanks! Coconuts would be great for larger plants ~ post a picture if you make one!
<p>This s a great idea. I just had to vote for you in the indoor gardening contest! I must try this later in the year for my mum, maybe for mothers day.</p>
<p>Thank you so much!! Please post a picture when you make one!! -- btw, thanks for the vote too :) </p>
<p>Is there possibly a substitute for the foam? It doesn't matter if there isn't; I'm sure I'll be able to get my hands on some soon!</p>
<p>You can definitely use blocks of wood, but you would obviously have to use different tools to cut it and to scrape a little dimple where the nutshells would be resting (a saw and maybe a Dremel with a sandpaper head attachment to scrape some of the wood).</p>
<p>Thank you so much!</p>

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