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A Secret Garden and a Miniature Flower Box

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Fairy Garden, Giveaways, Laura Carson, Shannon Cooper, The Garden Kit

Note: as part of Design Team Member Laura Carson’s THREE tunnel books for 2019, she has updated the supply list for this Secret Garden Tunnel Book with options available as of September 2019. Visit Laura’s site for the original Secret Garden Tunnel Book video tutorial or her Alice in Wonderland or Steampunk Tunnel Books made as part of the 2019 series.

Inspired by her own secret garden and The Garden Kit (and Door Album Add-On Kit), Design Team Member Laura Carson has created a gorgeous tunnel book.

Note: The Arched Windows Set is a good substitute for the sold out album.

Spring is here in the desert where I live. The little walled in courtyard in the front of my house is my secret garden and I plant all kinds of things that you don’t normally see in the desert. Using my own special place as the springboard for a project, I created a Secret Garden Tunnel Book. This fantasy garden is hidden away behind a door and through a tunnel of ever smaller openings, and as you look through the door you’ll see images peeking out through the openings on each page. Standing on the stairs are two children, wondering whether or not to enter.

“Beautiful columns from the Garden Columns Collage Sheet are on either side of the stairs. The background is the negative of a Vine Frame; (using the frame on another page). A gorgeous garland filled with berries abound, making it a perfect home for butterflies and a stern looking owl. Needing some sort of architectural element above the garden door, I went with the very useful (for many upcoming projects I’m thinking about!) and versatile Medallion & Filigree Silicone Mold.

“Each part of the garden is unique and filled with flower fairies, flying snails, fantasy winged birds and flowers, many which come from my new Flower Fairies Collage Sheet.

What I am really loving are all of the 3D elements that Laura has used throughout the book. Garden fountains, greek columns, climbing roses, sweet blossoms, and more! In addition to using the Medallion & Filigree Silicone Mold, Laura has also used the Finial & Borders Silicone Mold for other embellishments. Notice the finials on the side of her book? They came out looking most fabulous.

Secret Garden Tunnel Book Supply List

Laura, being the peach that she is, has also created a step-by-step tutorial for the Secret Garden Tunnel Book. Visit Artfully Musing for more photos and the tutorial.


But wait… we have another beautiful project today! Design Team Member Shannon Cooper has created the tiniest, cutest little flower box, overflowing with bright spring posies! Based on the new Planter Box with Trellis – Half Scale (and note: there’s a larger version, too) and using some of the dollhouse flowers announced earlier this month, Shannon made a beautiful little (1:24 scale) piece.

(And look how small that Half Scale Planter Box with Trellis and the new Workshop Table – 1:24 are! I couldn’t help but photograph them with a tiny pot and a hedgehog to show the sizes!)

This was such a rewarding project for many reasons. The first being how incredibly easy the assembly of the mini flower box and trellis was. I had it glued together, painted, and aged in about 20 minutes (with the help of a heat gun). The flat back brass studs were added to the corners and I freehanded some scroll work to the front with a gold pen. It was also gratifying to be able to have a completed project in under an hour. All I had to do after the flower box dried was tuck a bit of floral foam in the box and arrange all of the beauties inside. And I still have a handful — tons in miniature terms — of leftover flowers for another project. Now all I need is a dollhouse garden to go around it!

There is even a wee fairy taking a rest amongst the flowers. His mother better not catch him, he’s supposed to be polishing the beetles’ shells!

Miniature Flower Box Supply List. And if you’re in the mind to make your own wee flowers, remember Shannon’s earlier tutorial on making dollhouse flowers from paper punches.

Read more (and see more photos) on Shannon’s blog.


Hooray for the Flower Fairies & Planter Box Giveaway!

I picked out a mix of items from Laura’s Secret Garden Tunnel Book AND Shannon’s Miniature Flower Box supply lists to make this Giveaway (psst! those are links to the supply lists, with photos and links to all of the goodies used):
– 3mm Brass Flat-Back Studs
– Fancy Lavender Berries Mix
– Album with Arched Door
– Flower Fairies Collage Sheet
– Garden Columns Collage Sheet
– Planter Box with Trellis – Half Scale
– 2 Step Stairs
– Twiggy Leaf Garland
– Winged Things Collage Sheet

To enter Flower Fairies & Planter Box Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY or TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY NIGHT, March 28, 2016).

AND TO ENTER THE DRAWING, please tell me: What would you make with your prize? A tunnel book like Laura’s? A Tiny Planter Box (maybe with handmade flowers)? Something that uses items from both projects?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back to see who won! And check your mailbox on Thursday morning for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the An Album or a Floral Folly Giveaway? That would be Carol!

And she replied to my query “What will you make? Something with the Album with Arched Door? Or a project with the new Fortune Teller Booth? Is there a way to merge both?”

I think i would make the folly part of a secret garden or fairy house. Or a fortune telling booth to put with my gypsy wagons. I can’t decide.

Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, March 27th, 2016

60 responses to “A Secret Garden and a Miniature Flower Box”

  1. barb macaskill says:

    LOVE Laura’s Tunnel Book and Shannon’s miniature flower box is a beauty!! I adore the little boy fairy!!! So cute! I think I would try the tunnel book because I have never attempted one before!!! Happy Easter!!!

  2. M. C. Sparks says:

    I wanna make a pretty flower trellis box ☺️

  3. Holly says:

    I would love to try to make a tunnel book.

  4. Leanne S says:

    Definitely the tunnel book!

  5. Nancy E says:

    I would make the planters with handmade flowers and attach them to tags to make Mother’s Day floral cards that never need watering. LOL These are just delightful!

  6. Alice Wilkotz says:

    I’d make a secret garden tunnel book as a birthday “card” for a dear friend’s 75th.

  7. Emily Ann Dale says:

    I’d use the trellis and workbench in a miniature garden.

  8. Jen R says:

    I think I would give the tunnel book a try.

  9. Barbara A. says:

    The tunnel book, never made one before but
    would give it a try.

  10. Charlene says:

    A trellis and flower box with tiny flowers would look nice on a wreath for the front door.

  11. Denise Bryant says:

    Love that tunnel book… awesome project! I’d love to make one!

  12. Marykay chisum says:

    I would love to try my hand at a tunnel book!
    So many possibilities! What a great project to welcome spring!

  13. Love these I wold love to make a secret garden with these items Thank you

  14. Lisa R. says:

    I think I would like to make an assortment of small flower boxes! I have been making tiny paper and clay flowers and these would be perfect! Very nice giveaway!

  15. Phoebe Diamond says:

    An overgrown garden in a tunnel box. Something to look into like one of the viewing eggs that are made of sugar.

  16. Jean marmo says:

    Love the tunnel book and woul love to give that a try. Another wonderful project..

  17. Denise says:

    I would use this to embellish the gypsy wagon that I’m in the process of making!

  18. Aggie Stiefer says:

    I would love to make the flower box for my dollhouse

  19. Jo says:

    i would make a fairy garden!

  20. cathrine bolin says:

    I’ve never made a tunnel book, this would be a lovely way to start!

  21. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    Fairies and tunnel book. It doesn’t get any better than this.

  22. Carla says:

    Love the tunnel book! Can never have too many flowers!

  23. No Question! I will read the Secret Garden with my grandbebes and make our own tiny secret garden to hide under my stairs. Thank you

  24. Kim Lucak says:

    Blessed EASTER Greetings!!!! Love the secret garden tunnel book!!! What a fabulous project 🙂

  25. Traci says:

    Love todays projects so cute!! I would love to make the miniature flower box. >^..^<

  26. Lana says:

    heart be still….this is just amazing…love the idea of a tunnel book, so much creativity!

  27. Maggie M says:

    I would love to create a mini flower box, including a fairy or two! I would so love to win this giveaway and make both the flower box and a tunnel book!

  28. carmen g says:

    Just flowers…flowers everywhere! Box, tunnel book…just need flowers!!!

  29. Karen Mallory says:

    Love both projects!! I see no problem incorporating both of them together!!!

  30. Leah Fein says:

    Oh! I adore these supplies! I would make a tiny neighborhood of fairy homes.

  31. Laurie Yoder says:

    I would love to make the tunnel book for my granddaughter Isla, the Secret Garden book is my favorite children’s book of all time!

  32. Barbara Ferrell says:

    I’ve put the beautiful mold on my wish list, and I would do my best to make the Tunnel book like Laura did.

  33. Laural says:

    I would have to try Laura’s book..have wanted to do one for a very long time

  34. Jen C says:

    Great giveaway!! I have to say, I’m totally intrigued by the tunnel book so I’d have to try a version of that.

  35. Marilyn H says:

    I want to make a mini planter box! What adorable projects. Laura always amazes, and Shannon’s project is sooo adorable. LOVE them both!

  36. Kristie says:

    I love the tunnel book and The Secret Garden gives a lot of inspiration.

  37. Michele D says:

    I would love to make a small fairy tea shop in a tiny garden, where the fairies could have tea and small cakes among the birds and flowers.

  38. Carol Slowik says:

    I love the mini planter box! So sweet!

  39. Margaret Dolan says:

    I would definitely make a tunnel book with Faeries and flowers but I would also use the other pieces as part of that! I love those albums 🙂

  40. Alma Casiano says:

    What I would make, would have to include items from both kits… just combining these adorable little items would be lovely !

  41. Verna S says:

    I love this book. The fairy paper really makes me think about spring and the mysteries going on in the garden. Thanks for giveaway.

  42. Mary Helene says:

    I would love to make a tiny flower garden.

  43. michele storms says:

    this is lovely. I would use these to make some elaborate Gothic arches. xo

  44. Ruthi says:

    I would make the miniature flowers box and fill it with all my handcrafted flowers and greenery . It would be beautiful !!

  45. Tammy Lemon says:

    I would love to win any of your kits I love everything

  46. ruth says:

    A tunnel book would be an inspiring project for a new beginner at this craft!

  47. Barb Striethorst says:

    Stairs to a secret garden with, among other things, a trellis box overflowing with flowers!

  48. lynn legge says:

    I have been wanting to try a tunnel book and with all the wonderful inspiration and great supplies how could I go wrong

  49. Kathy Bumb says:

    I have made several tunnel books, but would love creating one using all the flowers and accoutrements. Your giveaways are always so fabulous.

  50. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love this project and the flower box! With my love of Halloween, I would make a creepy garden crypt for the dearly departed! I would use the flower box to house the ashes!

  51. joan says:

    I would have to use all those pieces in a miniature garden, perhaps with a fairy or two.

  52. Susan Devillier says:

    Love the project! Very interested in making a tunnel book. Didn’t even know they existed until recently.

  53. Evelyn Reyes says:

    This would look so lovely in a doll house I am builing!!!!

  54. Ina M Good says:

    I am into fairies so either a garden or fairy tunnel book

  55. cathy smith says:

    I want to make something for a new baby – sort of like a christening present with flowers and the fairy looking in the window at the baby….love it all!

  56. angelic says:

    I love to make a miniature flower box. The flowers look so real! Thanks for the chance to win.

  57. Marlene Daniels says:

    I would add it to my fairy garden

  58. Ginette says:

    If my niece sees this giveaway I’ll probably won’t have the possibility to do something before she takes it.

  59. Lori D. says:

    I would make a secret garden diorama! Great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  60. winnie says:

    I would make a spring/summer window box. how lovely!