Here in the Seattle area, it’s definitely SPRING! And with spring, comes the annual spring planting. My kids love gardening as much as I do, and one of our favorite projects we did last year was making plant markers for the garden. This was a relatively inexpensive project that was easy, FUN, and totally engaging for both my boys. As a bonus, they love their little works of art all around the yard, and proudly show them off to everyone who comes along and asks.
What You’ll Need:
- Canning Lids (I used both wide mouth, and regular size)
- paint (I used acrylic to withstand the weather outside. I do not think tempura would be a good choice)
- bamboo skewers (to use for the posts)
- glue (I used my trust E6000, but you can also just use a hot glue gun)
- Sharpie Paint Pens (I used this to write the names of all the produce)
We start off with our “canvas”, aka the canning jar lids.
I set up my boys outside. First, we painted all the lids white. In hindsight, I would not do this step again as they just painted over the whole thing anyway. But, it made for a nice, clean looking backdrop. Then, I set them up with acrylic paints on paper plates, paintbrushes, pencils (to use as dobbers) and let them go to town. They each got a mix of big and little canning lids to paint.
Good thing acrylic paint is washable. My youngest was more prone to paint himself.
This was a Very Serious Project.
Finished! I loved how creative and free form their paintings were, and I was really looking forward to the little works of art to put in the garden.
Some of their favorites they asked to photograph. Red poppy, rainbow, sun, treehouse (red blobby thing in the bottom left corner)
Overnight, I let the lids dry. then, I glued the bamboo skewers onto the back, and wrote the names of whatever we were planting on the front with the Sharpie paint pen.
He was very excited to go put them in the garden!
A close up of what they looked like in the ground.
And our herb garden. Overall, a very satisfying project! My kids love showing off their works of art, and as a bonus, now my husband knows where to find everything when I send him to snip me some herbs for dinner.
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