There are so many practical reasons to grow a garden. Whether you are growing food for your family, growing milkweed to help the Monarch butterflies, or providing local pollinators with tasty food, there are plenty of serious reasons to grow a garden.
But gardens can also be a lot of fun. Surrounding yourself with your favorite beautiful plants is as important to your psyche as tomatoes are for your body. And every gardener knows that no matter what plants you grow – the longer you do it, the more magical your garden space becomes. Especially when you allow some room for whimsy!
I’ve gathered together some great ideas for adding a touch of whimsy to your garden. From sparkly beads that catch the sunlight to fun and decorative planters you can fill with all your rooted friends, you’ll love some of these creative ideas.
One of my favorite projects is the little gnome door. It’s a great way to let your cute little magical friends know that they are welcome in your garden. With any luck, they might even help you water!
15 Fun DIY Crafts For Your Garden
1. Watering Can Planter
Do you have an old watering can that no longer holds water? Turn it into a lovely planter! Just fill the bottom with some stones for drainage, then soil, and add a potted plant.
2. Recycled Shoe Planters
Don’t throw those old shoes out! This craft is perfect for boots. And the more distressed and aged they get from the elements outside, the better they look.
3. Painted Hanging Tire Planter
What a perfect way to upcycle tires! Or maybe you have a tire swing that the children no longer use. With a little bit of paint and the addition of hanging flowers, this craft project makes a lovely focal point for any garden.
4. Painted Stone Garden Markers
This is such a fun project to do with the grandkids. Instead of using boring garden markers from the nursery, make these and use them to label your garden when planting seeds this spring.
5. Garden Stakes
Easily add more colour to any garden with these DIY garden stakes. Especially beautiful in spring before your flowers begin to bloom or in gardens that have a lot of greenery.
6. Gnome Door
Make your garden magical with this gnome door! So cute and fun!
7. Flowers Out Of Bottle Caps
I love projects that upcycle. Don’t throw those old bottle caps out. Make these beautiful flowers that bloom all year!
8. Whimsical Toadstools
The next time you go to prune your trees and shrubs from your garden, keep the stumps and turn them into these whimsical toadstools. The tops are painted, wooden salad bowls! I bet you could easily pick some up at a yard sale for cheap.
9. Garden Fountain
No garden is complete without a water feature. But they can be so expensive to buy ready made. Make your own garden fountain for a fraction of the cost. You can also finally have a use for all of the stones you have collected the last time you went to the beach.
10. Distressed Garden Sign
Garden signs are a great way to bring a little whimsy into your gardens. The more distressed and weathered they get, the better they look. I am sure you have some wood scraps left over from an old project that would be perfect for this DIY Garden craft.
11. Garden Markers From Tin Can Lids
Here is another upcycle project that adds colour and flair to your potted plants or garden beds. Don’t be afraid to go wild with colour! You don’t need a lot of paint to complete this project. Use paint you have leftover, or go to the dollar store and pick up a paint by number set that includes paints. Then use a marker to add a message.
12. Simple Cookie Cutter Bird Feeder
Here is a great DIY craft that will encourage more birds to visit your garden. Put these feeders where you can see them from inside your home so that you can enjoy bird watching while they are feeding.
13. DIY Birdhouse With Pretty Penny Roof
Pennies are no longer used here in Canada but that doesn’t mean I don’t have a few still hanging around in the bottom of my purse! The DIY garden craft is perfect for those leftovers, plus pennies look awesome when they are aged outside!
14. DIY Gourd Birdhouses
How fun are these birdhouses?! You can get super creative and it is also another project that is easy to do when the grandkids visit. They will love seeing their art hanging in your garden.
15. Teapot Birdhouse
Who doesn’t have an old teapot and cup and saucer in their kitchen cupboard? I love that the teapot acts as a birdhouse while you can fill the cup with birdseed. This DIY project is sure to see lots of action!
The garden is the perfect place to get whimsical and create fun focal points but you don’t have to spend a bundle. These DIY garden project crafts use items you probably already have! Add some of these to your garden this spring and they will make you smile all summer long.