I get so excited this time of year. It’s time to start gardening!
And along with planting flowers and vegetables and reading gardening books, we like to turn our creative energy toward the garden and our outdoor living spaces.
We make garden wish flags, bean pole teepees, stepping stones, weatherproof garlands, and other garden crafts and decorations.
Today, I’m sharing some of our favorite garden crafts for kids and families, including some that my blog friends have made inspired by projects in The Artful Year.
As I said a couple of days ago when I highlighted some spring and Easter crafts and activities, I’ve been loving all of the crafts and ideas that people have been sharing from my new book. And, especially, how everyone is adding their own special twists to the ideas from my book.
10 Garden Crafts for Kids
Garden Wish Flags :: “Here they are, hanging in the garden with our wishes for sunshine, flowers, rainbows, butterflies, fairies, and a talking carrot. Looks like it’s going to be a great Spring!” – Megan, The Art Pantry
Beaded Bubble Wands :: “I couldn’t resist doing a little video & craft out of the book for you too—check these out!” – Maggy, Red Ted Art
Grow a Bean Pole Teepee :: We love growing pole beans up a bamboo teepee frame and make one almost every year!
Paint Birdhouses with Kids :: I love how the liquid watercolors soak into the wood like a vibrant wood stain.
Melted Bead Suncatcher Garlands :: “Jean has filled the book with such a happy collection of ideas that combine totally do-able projects with her special touch of magic.” Cathy, Nurture Store
How to Make Paper Pinwheels :: “These paper pinwheels are quick and easy to make and would make a fabulous project for older children to make for younger siblings.” Christie, Childhood 101
Hula Hoop Loom :: Repurpose “a bent hula hoop into a woven work of art… hey found some old torn dress up clothes, bits of yarn and ribbon and began cutting strips of fabric. Time for lots of knotting, twisting, weaving and debating the placement of various scraps.” Rachel, Kids Activities Blog
And here are three different versions of beaded garden ornaments!
Beaded Garden Art :: “We followed the tutorial in the book except instead of using the recommended wooden dowel stick we wrapped our beads around real sticks… From a distance the beads look like they are floating in the garden as the stick blends in with surrounding parts of nature.” – Jamie, Hand Made Kids Art
Beaded Garden Ornaments :: “In honour of spring, we decided to make these cheerful plant pokes with beads… so very simple and so so pretty.” – Maureen, Twig and Toadstool
Colorful Bead Garden Ornaments :: “The kids and I have been busily preparing for spring over the last few weeks- planting seeds and working in our fairy garden- so I thought these cheerful garden ornaments would be a wonderful addition to all our spring preparations!” Chelsey, Buggy and Buddy
6 Nature Arts and Crafts for Kids
Melted Crayon Friendship Rocks :: “I chose to make the Melted Crayon craft with [my son] because (1) it involved fire… and that makes it super cool for kids and (2) we could make a bunch of rocks to give away to his new friends. (Ah ha! Here we are making memories and building connections. Just like what Jean said!)” – Leslie, Pink Stripey Socks
Paint Nature Items with Kids :: “One of my favourite things is creative learning with nature and there are many lovely ways that this book explores nature and highlights natural changes through the seasons with art and family experiences.” – Rachel, Racheous Lovable Learning
Nature Suncatcher Craft :: “I stuck one of the sticky circles on the back of the plate and they added the flowers and leaves. They all smelled so so good that the craft became a multi-sensory experience.” – Megan, Coffee Cups and Crayons
Decorated Rocks :: “What I love about the crafts in The Artful Year is that although they give clear instructions, they still encourage families to use the materials they are most comfortable with or already have around the house. So really, the crafts are as adaptable as you’d like them to be.” Penny, Mother Natured
Make Flower Petal Necklaces :: “The necklace turned out stunning with it’s vibrant pink and red colors. My daughter was super excited to wear her creation to preschool to show it off to her classmates.” Rachel, I Heart Crafty Things
Make a Nature Table :: “Nature tables are easy to set up and can be different and unique every time you make one. They are also great for all ages, which I love.” – Meri, Meri Cherry
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