Easter is coming soon and it’s a perfect time to make mini resurrection gardens. I love tailoring our home school studies and every day activities with the current season and holiday. I saw mini resurrection gardens popping up on blogs here and there a few years ago, and I knew I wanted to make these with my boys.
Creating these simple mini resurrection gardens is a quick 30 minute project that will have lasting impact, and memories beyond all the Easter bunny festivities.
There is nothing quite like getting our hands dirty and working with some soil and natural elements to bring us back to focusing on the Creator of all good things. My boys had a blast working on this project and I am sure we will be making these again. Once the grass sprouts up in our mini gardens and we approach Good Friday it’s going to be so fun to roll the stone across the tomb opening, and read from Matthew in the Bible.
Maybe you would like to try one of these gardens with your kids? This sweet mini garden is a great visual and tactile way to keep the holy reminder of Easter in your home. Here is what you need to make your own.
Mini Resurrection Gardens Supply List
- Shallow potting dish
- Small 4 inch terracotta pot
- One large rock from your yard for the tombstone
- Potting soil
- 6 small stick pieces from your yard for crosses
- Grass seed
- Hot glue or twine for making crosses
- Moss and small rocks, or whatever you want to find to decorate your mini garden
How to Make Mini Resurrection Gardens
- Lay the small terra cotta pot on its side to the back of your larger potting dish (as you see in the before pic above)
- Mound up the potting soil to make a hill above the tomb. Have the kids move and pat the dirt all around.
- Add moss and rocks where you like. (my boys wanted to have some moss in the tomb for Jesus to lay on… you gotta love it!)
- Sprinkle with grass seed. (my boys got generous with this, but I think that paid off to make for thick grass)
- Mist all the grass seed with water so it gets really moist, and will start the sprouting process.
- Hot glue crosses together for the kids and have them stick those in last.
- Keep your mini resurrection garden inside the house till the seed really gets going. You’ll love it as a centerpiece on your table.
- Spray your garden with a good misting to moisten the dirt daily (even more than once a day depending on the temperature- just keep the dirt from drying out) The first few days are the most crucial and just about the time you think the grass isn’t going to sprout it will take off. Before you know it, you will start to see little green flecks coming up. Keep misting, and you will get a lush thick grass like you see in the after photo within a couple of weeks.
- Trim your grass with scissors as it takes over, and shape it the way you want. This little mini resurrection garden will last a long time.
- Once the grass is well established you can choose to move it outside and the grass will continue to grow.
I hope you enjoy this simple and meaningful Easter project as much as we did. I bet mini resurrection gardens will be a hit with your kids too!
Most of all…Enjoy the wonder of the Easter season.