Painted Garden Flowers {create memories with kids}

Hey, Everyone! I am so excited to be part of the Create Memories with Kids series here at The Girl Creative. Thank you, Diana, for the invitation! My name is Cathy and I blog over at Lemon Tree Dwelling, where I share recipes, holiday inspirations, and simple crafts. I can’t wait to share my newest simple summer craft – Painted Garden Flowers – with you today!

One of my favorite summer days so far this season was Father’s Day. And not just because of the delicious breakfast we had, or the fact that we spent the entire day together as a family, but because we spent most of the day outside planting a vegetable garden! This is only our second year planting a vegetable garden, and last year’s drought didn’t do us any favors…so choosing what to plant this year was extra exciting! (Almost as exciting as digging in the dirt all day….!)

We decided on the usual – two different kinds of tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, strawberries, basil, mint – and our girls helped with everything from pulling weeds to moving dirt to digging, planting, and watering. We got all the vegetables in the ground successfully….but there was still one problem. Our garden is HUGE, and everything we planted was tiny! As happy as I was that we had gotten it planted, the end result looked a little….well…..sad.

I don’t know what I was expecting, really….of course the plants start out tiny. But until they grow, our garden needed some love! Which is exactly where these pretty painted garden flowers come in! They’re incredibly simple, and perfect for kids. Especially kids who are as excited about their garden as mine are!

Supplies Needed:

  • wooden garden stakes
  • clear plastic plates
  • outdoor acrylic paint* & paintbrushes
  • small screws
  • screwdriver
  • drill
  • twine

How To:

  • Give your kiddos a plate, a paintbrush, and all their favorite colors of paint. Let them create!
  • Once paint is completely dry, drill a small hole approximately one centimeter from the inner rim of the plate. Use a drill bit that is slightly smaller than your screws.
  • Use a screwdriver to attach the plate to the garden stake, using the drilled hole as your starting point.
  • Cut 4 feet of twine and wrap it 4-5 times around the stake, leaving some on each end to tie a bow.
  • Use a rubber mallet to gently tap the stake into the ground.

*Note: I have had ours outside in heavy rain and the outdoor paint has held up perfectly!

I love the idea of my kiddos having fun memories of summer gardening….and I love the fact that they were able to take something so simple – a plastic plate – and make it into something so beautiful! We plan to keep these in the garden all summer, and maybe even make some more. And I just know my girls will be proud, not only of our growing garden, but of the bright and beautiful flowers they made (almost) all on their own!

Thanks so much for letting me share with you here today, and I would love for you to come visit me at my Lemon Tree Dwelling! You can also connect with me on Facebook and Google+. I hope to see you soon!

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  1. I love this…absolutely love it. Will be stopping at Michaels on my way home. THANKS FOR SHARING!

  2. Hello! I’ve enjoyed all your ideas, my 4 year old daughter and I do one almost daily. She looks forward to our ‘project time’ every single day! We’ve made flowers, rainbows, windsongs, dream catchers, turtles and many many other things. These ideas are so simple, refreshing and have room for improvising on the fly! Thank for your generosity in sharing these, I’m sure many many mom’s and kids continue to have hours of fun and learning together šŸ™‚

  3. What kind of plates did you use? Iā€™m trying this with my class, but the chinet plastic plates keep cracking when I drill the holes.

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