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Now that spring is coming, we can start making our gardens a real beauty
To create cute painted jars with a flower cutout, cut a flower shape from self-adhesive paper, stick it to a jar, paint over it in pastel chalk paints, and remove the paper. Then, decorate with a button in the centre of the flower, and a ribbon around the top. Once finished, these sweet makes can be filled with rocks and soil, ready to put a plant in, or little tea lights for a romantic night in the garden.
If you have an old watering can, don’t throw it out – you can turn it into a pretty art piece. Simply hang it at an angle so it looks like it’s pouring, and thread chains of beads or crystals, such as TotallyBeads Crystal Rondelle Mega Mix (378376), through the spout’s holes to look like pouring water. You can even use wire to hold the beads in an arch, like running water – they’ll look brilliant shining in the sunlight.
Painting rocks is an easy and clever way to add some character to a garden – plus, it’s a craft that the kids will love to get involved in. Using a vibrant acrylic paint collection, such as Creativ Plus Color Craft Paint in Assorted Spring Colours (439422), you can paint little ladybirds and bees, for a fun-filled setting, or flowers and intricate designs for something more decorative.
With an embroidery hoop – or a hula hoop if you’re planning on going big – plus some faux plant garland, you can create a charming floral wreath that’s perfect for hanging on the gate to your garden or an exterior door. Simply wrap the garland around the hoop, glueing or tying it in place as you go, and finish with a thin burlap ribbon and twine tied into a bow at the bottom.
You can create fun little characters to dot around your soil by painting faces onto plastic spoons, and decorating them with ribbon scarves or other embellishments. This is a great craft to do with kids, as you’ll have fun getting creative together, and then the little keepsakes can be placed in your garden to fondly reminisce on.
Even if you’re not growing herbs, fruit or vegetables, wooden plant markers are great for adding some life to a garden. Simply cut out flying or perched bird shapes from thin wood – or buy pre-cut ones – and write the name of a nearby plant, or a funny or positive message. Finish by hot glueing the bird to a wooden stick that can be stood in the soil amongst the foliage, and tying a piece of burlap ribbon and twine into a bow at the base.
Instead of tossing old bottle caps, why not turn them into charming, rustic art pieces? Use pliers to curve a bottle cap in half, creating a petal shape, and repeat for several petals. Then, hot glue them to a vibrant centre bottle cap. This can then be affixed to a stick, and planted in the soil.