3 Kid-Friendly Garden Crafts

Now that summer is here, more and more people are focusing on their outdoor areas. If you’re one of the 83% of Americans who think having a yard is important, then you probably enjoy spending time outside in your yard. And one of the best ways to enjoy your outdoor area is with a garden. But gardening isn’t just for adults — let’s take a look at a few simple garden crafts that kids can make to spruce up your garden area.

Peanut Butter Bird Feeder

If you’re looking to attract more birds to your garden, then making a feeder is a great idea. This peanut butter bird feeder may sound strange, but it’s easy to make and it definitely works. All you’ll need is some bread, peanut butter, bird seed, and twine. Start by making the bread into whatever shape you’d like — stars, hearts, and plain old circles work great. Once you have your shape, poke a hole in through the top for the string. Let the bread dry out and harden for a day or two. Then cover the hardened bread in peanut butter and then roll it in the birdseed! Put the twine through the hole in the bread and hang it near your favorite flowers to attract some pretty birds.

Garden Markers

Every garden needs some good markers to tell you which plants are where and what kind of flowers you have. So instead of just sticking a little plastic or wood marker in the ground, why not have the kids help out? Making some garden markers is a great project for kids of any age. The markers should have the name of the vegetable, fruit, or flower — but the rest is up to you! Some great choices for materials include rocks, spoons, popsicle sticks, and ceramic tiles. And with concrete being used more than any other human-made material around the world, concrete blocks or bricks make a good option, too. Simply choose your material, get some paint or markers, and let the kids decorate the markers to add some color, and direction, in the garden.

Fairy Garden Village

No garden is complete without a fairy village, of course! Fairy gardens are a great activity because kids can let their imagination run wild and design it however they want. You can make fairy house out of almost anything. From old shoe boxes to birdhouses to a terracotta pot, the options are endless. Kids can decorate a few fairy houses to scatter throughout the village in the garden. Decorate with flowers, pine cones, and even stuff from inside, like old shoes or watches. And don’t forget to add some magical lights — consider a string of LEDs, which use only 15% of the energy halogen bulbs use, to add some lighting around the village. Kids can truly make the fairy village their own and put their own personal touch on it. There’s no right or wrong way to it and best of all, the fun isn’t over when the village is built — kids can continue to play in the fairy garden and enjoy their creation.

It’s important to get kids outside when the weather is nice, especially with HVAC systems re-circulating contaminants like dust and dander throughout the home — fresh air is always a good idea. And with these simple crafts, kids can enjoy the fresh air and make their mark in the family garden.

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