How To Make A Fish Bowl Flower Garden

If your gold fish bowl is empty and not being used, use it to make a beautiful flower garden arrangement. Here are tips and instructions on how to do it.

If you've got a goldfish bowl, but no goldfish, you can make a beautiful flower garden in the bowl instead. From the craft store, you'll need some Spanish moss, silk flower selections and silk or plastic reeds. Additional things you can use are wood chips and small pebbles. Start with a very clean and dry fish bowl, squirt quite a lot of hot glue in the bottom of the bowl, and then quickly arrange the moss inside the bowl. You can use an ink pen or another object to push the moss down onto the glue, to prevent getting burned. Decide which side of the bowl will be the front, then let the moss rise up slightly higher on the back side. Glue a tiny wood chip here and there, or sprinkle in small pebbles. Clip the stems off of several of the small silk flowers, then place just the flower part down on top of the moss, in the front. Leave a little more stem on some of the flowers, and then glue them down into the middle and edges of the inside of the bowl. The taller flowers should stand in the background. Be sure while gluing the flowers that the end of the stem cannot be seen through the glass.

You can put as many or as few flowers in the bowl as you want, but stay away from an overly crowded look. Get some of the reeds, cut them to various lengths, and, holding four or five of them together, place a large dot of glue on the bottoms, and then place down deep into the bowl. Immediately let go of them, and they'll fan out to look more natural. Do this in several spots, even allowing some of the reeds to come up slightly above the rim of the bowl.

You can arrange different designs for your fish bowl by using easy-to-find extras from around the house. To make a fish pond, get the lid from a peanut butter jar, or another similar lid and paint the inside of the lid blue or white, then paint the outside a light brown or a color which blends in with your moss. Arrange the moss in the bottom, but have it barely cover the bottom of the bowl, then come up higher around the bottom sides of the bowl. Arrange a place for the lid, amongst the moss, but don't glue the lid down. Try to pull the moss up slightly around the lid. Arrange your flowers and reeds, then remove the lid, fill with water and place into the bowl. You can get a craft butterfly or bumble bee to glue to the edge of the lid and you can also put a couple bees or butterflies amongst the flowers or around the lip of the bowl. You can also give the illusion of water by replacing the lid and water with a small, round mirror. Glue a tiny flock of geese on it, or a lily pad and frog.

The wood chips are also great for making a small bench beside the lid of water. Choose two similar pieces to be the legs, then a slightly longer piece to be the bench seat. Glue the little bench together, and then glue it down beside the pond. Keep in mind the size of the pond so that the bench doesn't end up being bigger than the pond. Toothpicks are also good, but clip the points off of them or they'll look more like toothpicks glued together than a bench.

To put a backdrop in, take a picture from a magazine, or print a picture on your personal printer of a scene in the woods or a field of flowers. Whatever picture you choose, cut it to the size of the back piece of glass in the bowl. Attach by using a few small dots of clear glue on the corners and edges then sticking it to the back glass, from the inside. Just remember that this design needs to have the back of the bowl to a wall while on display or the glued side of the paper will be noticeable through the glass. And the great thing about the fish bowl arrangements is that they can be anything you want from a snow scene to a beach design, so try a new, different design with a second bowl.

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