Here’s some great ideas to try as we get ready for another gardening season:
Egg Heads– It takes only a few days for them to grow a head of “hair.” The fun part is that you can even trim the hair with scissors and style it as you wish. First, make a large hole in one end of an uncooked egg. Drain the raw egg and wash the inside of the shell. When dry, paint a face on it. Fill the eggshell with potting soil and sprinkle grass seed on top. Water and watch as the grass “hair” begins to grow.
“Anything” Bench– Children don’t mind sitting on the ground but why not create a place for them to sit in the garden. All you need is two of “anything” that is approximately 15 inches high and flat on the top (storage crates, concrete blocks, flat rocks, pieces of tree trunk, etc.) and one wooden board that is two inches thick and eight to 10 feet long. Lay the board across the “anythings” and paint it. Now children have a perfect bench to enjoy the summer shade.
Pit Stop Planter– Find an old tire and paint it with stripes, circles or any design. Place it flat on the ground, fill it with soil and then plant flowers or vegetables in it.
Potato Stencils– Convert a potato into an easy stencil to create a variety of interesting patterns and pictures. First cut the potato in half and dry it with paper towel. Draw a simple shape on it and then using a knife, cut away the potato around the drawing. Blot the potato with paper towel again and dip the raised end into paint and stamp it onto paper.
Flower Pressing– This is a great way to create decorative cards and bookmarks. If you don’t own a flower press, simply use a heavy book with blotting paper on either side of the flowers.
Paint a Pot– All you need is a clay pot, suitable paints in various colors, paintbrush, a container with clean water, and newspaper to cover the table. These pots are beautiful on verandas and make great yard decorations.
Decorate a Row Marker– This is a perfect early-spring craft. Use paint stir sticks to create your row markers. Paint, decorate and cover with a clear varnish to ensure your row marker withstands damp conditions. – Sheila Braun writers from