It’s summer, and gardens are ripe and in bloom everywhere from the rainy and sunny weather. If you like to garden or if you have a gardener in your life, time to show your stuff. Whether you have a green thumb, or not , you can enjoy these crafts to brighten up your outdoor spaces.
Planting markers: Find some popsicle sticks or stir sticks. You can find paint stir sticks free at home improvement stores. Take some wallet sized paper or card stock and draw a picture of what seeds were planted in that area of the garden. Find a picture of the plant on the internet or just write the name of the plant on the card to let you know what vegetable or fruit will be coming up where. Purchase some laminating sheets at an office store. Laminate your markers to make them weather proof. After the signs are weather proofed, attach them onto the popsicle or stir sticks and then place them in your garden. Get your kids involved and make markers for a kid-sized garden of their own!
Dressy flower pots: Purchase some plain terracotta pots from the garden section of your favorite store. They come in all sizes and run from $0.67 up to $8.00. These are versatile enough to make lots of different crafts for the garden. Decorate your pots with crystals from the floral section of the grocery store or craft store. Paint your pots with acrylic paint and then add seashells, pieces of a pretty plate or some old jewelry. Make one of a kind pots for herbs or flowers that can be displayed indoors or outdoors, in your garden or on your front porch.
Mosaic bird bath: http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/home-garden-projects/gardening-nature-crafts/garden-crafts/mosaic-birdbath-1009389/ You can make bird feeders out of 2 liter soda bottles or birdhouses out of hanging flower pots too!
Stepping stones- A stepping stone can have your child’s hand print pressed in as a precious keepsake. Add your own personality for your own custom made masterpiece to guide your path where ever you step. http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/garden_crafts.html
Bird bath makeover- Got an old stone bird bath that the birds don’t flock to anymore? Give it a makeover with a good spray of weather proof paint. Add some tile in a mosaic pattern to the inside bowl and the birds will love you more than ever!
Make a gardening apron by hemming a yard of fabric and stitching one ribbon around the top to put around your neck. Then two ribbon on the sides to tie around the waist. Add pockets on the front to hold seeds or gloves.
These are just a few of the many ideas to make crafts for your garden. Enjoy the beauty and bounty of your garden, and remember to share the joy of your hobby with someone you love.
Dawn Murrell, Craft Goddess