Make your garden or potted plants even more beautiful with the addition of some fun to make craft projects
How to make gardening crafts for fun
Working in a garden, be it large or small, is a rewarding task that produces beautiful results. You can make your garden even more beautiful with the addition of some fun to make craft projects. The following projects can be used in gardens of all sizes and types, and also make wonderful gifts for a favorite gardener you know.
Each project will have a supply list, and basic construction directions. Feel free to embellish on the ideas presented here and add your own creative touches!
Painted Pots – Spruce up your garden, garden room, or back deck with a beautiful hand painted decorated pot! In addition to pots, you can also decorate flower boxes. Decorated pots are especially good for those who are container gardening!
Terra Cotta or other pot that is unfinished
Brushes, stencils, stamps, etc
Clear Acrylic spray on Sealant
Optional: Shells, beads, tiles, rocks or anything else you wish to use to decorate your pot(s). Liquid Nails glue to adhere decorations.
First, thoroughly clean and dry your pot & saucer before painting. Then free hand paint, stencil, or stamp your pot to your hearts content! This is such an easy project; it would be great for children and adults.
If you are going to add shells, or other glued on embellishments do so after any paint you have applied is thoroughly dry.
One your paint, and/or glue from your embellishments are dry apply 2-3 light coats of spray on sealant to weatherproof your pot.
Let the sealant dry, insert a lovely and plant and enjoy your handy work!
Garden Stepping Stones – Lovely and practical, a stepping stone is a decorative touch that will keep your feet clean on a muddy day! They are also easy and fun to make.
A mold (or several if you wish to make a collection) – You can purchase molds specific to making stepping stones at craft stores. Or, you can use your imagination and make a mold out of things you may already have around the house. Some examples are: small plastic storage containers, pizza boxes, pie pans, plastic plant saucers, large plastic lids, and old ice cream buckets
Cement- Available at hardware stores. Purchase a higher grade if you want a smooth finish and lower grade if you want a rougher finish.
Embellishments – You can let your imagination run wild here! So many things can be used to decorate your stones. You can leave them plain and paint them when they are dry, or you can add marbles, glass, tiles, pebbles, aquarium smooth glass ‘rocks’, etc.
Stiff wire mesh – cut an inch or so smaller than your mold
Something to mix you concrete in, and with
Newspaper to keep your work area clean
Safety glass and gloves – This is very important! Concrete can burn eyes and skin! Protect yourself while working with it!!
First, gather all your supplies together in a place where your stepping stones can remain undisturbed after you have poured them. An out of the way spot outdoors is ideal.
Prepare your molds with a generous layer of cooking spray, or petroleum jelly to ensure that the concrete releases easily.
Making sure that you are wearing your safety gear, mix up your cement (follow the mixing directions on the bag as an initial guide) to a texture that is similar to cookie dough. Using an old spoon, scoop the cement into your mold until it is about half full. Smooth the cement down until it is even, then place your wire mesh onto it. Continue to fill the mold the rest of the way up. Once it is full, smooth the surface again. Gently tap the mold to help release any air bubbles that may be trapped in the cement. Leave the cement alone for 20-30 minutes to set up.
Once the cement is set up (should be slightly resistant to the touch), you can add your embellishments or make handprints. If you make a mistake, just re-smooth the cement and start over again!
After you are done decorating, you will need to leave the stepping stone in a safe place to dry for 2-3 days. Avoid moving it, which may cause it to crack or become damaged. Once it is totally dry, just pop it out of the mold!
You can now paint it if you choose to do so. If you paint your stone, you will need to seal it with a spray on acrylic sealant to protect it from inclement weather and wear and tear.
When little sprouts are first raising their soft green heads above the dirt it can be difficult for even a seasoned gardener to differentiate between one plant species and another. Eliminate the guess work, and add a fun decorative touch to your garden with row or plant markers that identify exactly what has been planted in a garden row, or pot.
Wedge shaped garden stakes – wood or metal, 4-8 inches long
3-4 inch diameter pre cut wooden shapes – Craft stores usually have a wide variety of precut shapes, sometimes even vegetable and flower shapes!
Paint brushes, stamps, or stencils, and/or a permanent marker
Clear Acrylic spray on Sealant
Liquid Nails or similar type glue
Paint, stamp or stencil your wooden shapes. You don’t necessarily have to imitate the vegetation being labeled. You can decorate your markers with birds, bugs, or plants and vegetables. After you have done your decorative work, write or paint the plant’s name (for example: peas, or corn, or pansies and so on). Let the paint dry, and then apply 2-3 coats (letting each coat dry before the next is applied) of acrylic sealant to protect your garden markers from inclement weather.
After all is dry, glue the painted wooden shapes to the blunt end of the garden stake with your glue. Let dry. Then insert the row or plant markers into the soil at an angle so the painted surface of the marker is easily visible!
Painted Welcome Rocks – Add fun and whimsy with a painted rock that welcomes guests to your garden!
A nice, smooth rock with a character, size and shape that appeals to you
Paint brushes, stencils and/or stamps
Clear Acrylic spray on sealant
Embellishments – glitter, gems, tiles, beads, etc.
Liquid Nails glue for adding embellishments
Thoroughly clean and dry your rock so that paint will adhere well.
Then decorate your rock in any manner you wish! You can paint animals, bugs, plants, or a simple message on your rock. You can also glue embellishments to your rock once the paint has dried!
Once your rock is dry, coat with 2-3 layers of acrylic sealant.
Then place in your garden and enjoy!
Garden Gate Wreath
If you have a gated garden, or simply with to hang a pretty garden themed wreath on a fence, door, or shed near your garden this is a project for you!
A vine wreath.
Hot Glue and gun
Embelishments- small trowel & shovel, garden gloves, a miniature sun hat, dried or silk flowers, tiny clay pots… pick items that personify gardening to you!
Optional: A pre-made or unfinished (paint with craft paints, and seal with spray on acrylic) wooden welcome sign
Begin by wrapping the raffia around your wreath and securing with a bow. It may be helpful to glue the raffia in place as you wind it around the wreath to secure it. Use many strands at once for a full look.
Then simply begin arranging your embellishments. It is a good idea to place larger items towards the back, and smaller items in front as you add them to your wreath. You can decorate all around the wreath, or simply at the top or bottom. Lay your items on the wreath to get an idea of how you’d like them arranged before gluing them in place. Try several arrangements to determine what looks best.
You can add a welcome sign by gluing it in the center of the wreath, or hanging it from the wreath with additional raffia.
Hang on your gate, and you and your visitors will both enjoy the fruits of your creativity!