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9 Gardening Crafts That Will Start Your Spring Off Right

Warmer days are coming: Is your garden ready? Get your outdoor space spruced up for spring with these kiddo-friendly craft projects.

Deena Campbell and Sarah Burns

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Spring is almost here: It’s so close we can juuuuuust about feel the sun warming our faces and arms. And if the good weather around the corner has you feeling crafty, there's plenty of springtime fun to be had with bug crafts, sunny craft ideas, or Easter-themed crafts, but if you're ready to get outside and get your hands dirty, there's nothing better than outdoor craft time! Try these spring garden crafts to brighten up your home and backyard as we prep for warmer days and frolicking in the fresh air.

1. Cress Heads

Cress Heads Craft

Red Ted Art

Kids love making crazy faces, and this funny spring craft for green thumbs and advanced crazy-face-makers is a great way to tap into their creativity. Grab some egg shells, cress seeds and a marker and let the fun begin! A week or so later you can enjoy your homemade cress on sandwiches or salads. For step-by-step instructions, check out Red Ted Art.

2. DIY Garden Markers

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Meaningful Mama

No one has more plant pride than little ones, right? There’s something about growing Their. Very. Own. Plants that just lights up tiny faces with sheer joy. While you're waiting for this year's seedlings to sprout, whip out the pipe cleaners and beads to create these pretty DIY garden markers. Meaningful Mama has inspiration for making colorful keepsakes you’ll want to plant year after year. 

3. Bumble Bee Garden Stakes

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Coffee With Us 3

Trying to teach the importance of recycling this spring? Make these bumblebee plant stakes, which transform upcycled old mustard bottles into a buzzing bee that’s sure to attract all types of birds and wildlife. This craft is also a fun indoor activity for these rainy spring afternoons. For the full how-to, visit Coffee With Us 3.

4. Button and Pipe Cleaner Caterpillars

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Coffee With Us 3

Two things all parents know to be true: newborns always cry in car seats, and pipe cleaners are excellent items for crafts. Seriously, all great crafts start with pipe cleaners and this one is no exception. Let your little one thread a pipe cleaner through the top two holes of a large button to create little plant friends. Check out Coffee With Us 3 to see how you can make a caterpillar in 10 minutes. 

5. Oreo-Brownie Flowerpot Cake

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Happy Hooligans

Spring is the time to get your hands a little messy, right? Exactly. That’s why we love this flowerpot cake. It’s sloppy, super whimsical, but oh-so-tasty. Crush Oreos in a food processor, add brownies and rock candy and watch kids of all ages devour this tasty treat. It’s also perfect for spring gatherings or when you want a yummy snack that's a little out of the ordinary. For the complete recipe, visit Happy Hooligans.

6. Mini Zen Garden

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See Vanessa Craft

One of the best things about gardening is that it provides a refuge of peace and tranquillity. What’s not peaceful, though, is finding a place to put plants where kids won't knock them over, spilling soil all over the place. We love making this mini zen garden that uses air plants that don't require much in the way of soil (yes, finally!) Check out See Vanessa Craft for instructions. 

7. Spring Moss Frame

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Oh My Creative

Some spring days are so beautiful that you wish you could frame them and put them on the mantle. Well, good news! Head over to Oh My Creative for instructions on how to do exactly that in just a few easy steps. All you need is a supermoss mat (which you can find at most craft stores), a medium frame, some flowers, and some glue and tape, and you can bring that spring feeling right into your home.  

8. Upcycled Plastic Bottle Planters

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One Little Project

Planters are great for keeping your plants in, but with a little bit of creativity, they can also be your new friends. These googly-eyed goofballs are easy to love, easy to make, and they’re full of personality, so you’ll feel more justified when you talk to your plants. All you need is googly eyes, plastic bottles, acrylic paints, and instructions from One Little Project.

9. DIY Seed Pops and Garden Markers

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Ruffles & Rainboots

These little cuties will help you keep track of what you’re planting, they make fantastic gifts, and they only take about 30 minutes to put together. Get the instructions over at Ruffles & Rainboots, and get to crafting! (Just be super gentle with these ones, as the pops need to be fairly loose so the seeds break through once they’re planted.)