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Cre­ate a special cor­ner for chil­dren to en­cour­age their imag­i­na­tions.

“A fam­ily gar­den should be fun, ver­sa­tile, and prac­ti­cal and kids love a cor­ner in it that they can make their own,” says Mar­i­anne Shilling­ford.

“This can also be a bril­liant way to brighten up a ne­glected area. Trans­form a fence into a sunny-skies out­look by us­ing Cupri­nol’s Misty Lake and then, when dry, cre­ate the clouds. With chalk, draw a cloud out­line onto a piece of card then cut out to cre­ate a tem­plate. Po­si­tion your tem­plate on the fence and draw around it with chalk. Fill in the cloud shapes with a small paint brush and White Daisy paint. You will need two coats.

“Get a car­pen­ter to fit a bench seat or use an old toy chest or wooden boxes.” TIP: Fill a cou­ple of small crates with sand and tiny plants, which can be a mini-land­scape for model fig­ures or an­i­mals.”

Fence painted in Misty Lake and clouds in White Daisy; bench in Muted Clay and Daz­zling Yel­low, all from Cupri­nol’s Gar­den Shades Col­lec­tion, £14.98 for 1L

Flamingo wa­ter­ing can £7.99, To­tally Funky, to­

Kikker­land chalk peb­ble, £5 for set of five, Ama­zon

Wild­fire te­pee £135, The Mod­ern Nurs­ery, the­mod­ern nurs­

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