Garden Craft Ideas

If you're looking for a way to introduce more creativity into your garden, try some simple craft projects. There are many ways to get creative with the non-vegetative components of your garden. Dress up the homes of potted plants by creating faux finishes on the pots. Craft interesting and unusual ways to label potted or garden plants with their varietal names.

Dressed Up Outdoor Pots

Purchase inexpensive resin pots and add a faux finish. Paint them to look like aged copper, more popularly called "verdigris." Paint terracotta pots in bright colors. Cultivate moss on the outside of terracotta pots. Cover the outside of the pot with plain yogurt. Grab a handful of regular moss from your yard and rub it all over the yogurt. Set the pot upside down in the shade for seven to 10 days. The yogurt and moss will combine and grow a whitish-green moss-like patina on the outside of the pot.

Decorative Plant Stakes

Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors are available at craft supply stores and they make an excellent base for decorative plant stakes. Paint them bright colors. Use decorative colored foam to cut out shapes of flower petals, leaves or whimsical insect shapes. Insert the stakes into prominently placed outdoor pots or label individual plants within your flower or vegetable garden.

Leaf Castings

Use commercially available concrete resurfacing mixture to make decorative leaf castings. Mix according to the manufacturer's directions but mix slowly so as not to incorporate air bubbles into the mixture. Place a blob of the mixture in the center of the leaf and carefully spread it just to the edge. Allow it to dry for the manufacturer's recommended amount of time. Remove the leaf as soon as the concrete resurfacing mixture has hardened. If small bits of the leaf stick to the concrete, let it harden for 24 to 48 hours before trying again, then use toothpicks or other pointed tools to remove any remaining bits of the leaf.

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