How to Make Plant Decorations

Do-it-yourself garden decorations can add a colorful touch to your outdoor space and work double duty as plant identifiers.
Colorful Butterfly Art Spike Decoration

Colorful Butterfly Art Spike Decoration

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Colorful decorations poking up between your plants will not only add sparkle, but they can also help to identify what you have planted, like a label. Make a note in your garden diary to say which design you've used for your gardening projects. This project takes one hour to complete.

Materials Needed:

  • clean foil containers
  • scissors (adult supervision required)
  • black marker
  • colored markers
  • kebab sticks
  • glue
  • pen

1. Draw Your Design

Place your design onto the base of a foil container, using a black marker (Image 1).

Consider a few fun ideas for your design. You could choose bugs, flowers and birds (Image 2).

2. Cut Out Your Design

Cut around the outline of your design. Use a sharp pair of scissors with the help of an adult.

Cutting Out the Shape

Cutting Out the Shape

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

3. Color Your Design

Press a pen onto the foil shape. This will make decorative, raised holes.

Color your design with colored permanent markers. Be sure to allow enough time to let the ink dry.

4. Attach the Stick

Spread some glue down the center of your design (Image 1). This is where the stick will go.

Attach the stick. Hold it on the glue until it is secure (Image 2).

5. Place Your Decoration in the Garden

Consider placing your decorations in various garden spots. Colorful butterflies or birds also bring new life to potted plants and window boxes.

Colorful Foil Butterfly Ready for Window Box

Colorful Foil Butterfly Ready for Window Box

Photo by: DK - Ready Set Grow! © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - Ready Set Grow! , 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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