Easy Gardening Projects and Crafts for Beginners

Looking for a simple garden project for yourself or one to do with your kids? Check out these fun (and totally easy!) projects you can do all year long.

Gardening Tools for Kids

Gardening for Beginners

If you don't have a green thumb, or you're trying to cultivate one in your kids, start with one of these easy-to-make projects.

Seed Tape

This sheet of paper helps tiny seeds grow into perfectly spaced plants.

Planting Seeds Tape

Seed Tape

See the easiest way to get your seeds on paper and into the ground.

Vermicomposting for Kids


Start a miniature worm farm right under your kitchen sink and use the compost in your garden.


Worms can turn your everyday kitchen waste into rich compost that plants absolutely love. See how:

Planting Seeds from HGTV blog, Gardening Club

Window Box Farm

Grow your own fresh veggies at a low cost and with minimal effort right at your window sill.

Water Soil and Seeds Gently With Watering Can

Window Box Farm

Some plants grow so quickly that your family can start a mini farm anytime from mid-spring to early summer for summer harvesting.

Making Pizza

Pizza Garden

Lure veggie-resistant kids into eating \"pizza toppings\" from a garden you make together.

Set Out Pots of Herbs in Wedges of Pizza Garden

Pizza Garden

Added bonus: you can shape your pizza garden like everyone's favorite pie.

Create Miniature Furniture from Natural Materials

Fairy Garden

Perfect for the colder months, this fairy garden can foster a magical feeling all year long.

Use Small Pebbles to Make Pathway Through Garden

Fairy Garden

Watch how to make a miniature container garden with pint-sized plants (tiny woodland sprites are left to your imagination).

Venus Fly Trap

Carnivorous Plants

It's not quite a Little Shop of Horrors, but this bog garden will be sure to attract insects.

Moss Added to Carnivorous Plants in Container Gard

Carnivorous Plants

Watch how to keep your meat-eating plants healthy and growing.

HGTV Family Garden Club Container with Personality

Plant \"People\"

Liven up your garden with some unexpected faces.

 Family Garden Club Plant Person Pot Step 3

Plant \"People\"

See the best plants for achieving a perfectly hairy look.

HGTV Family Gardening Club Boy with Terrarium


Keeping a terrarium alive and well is easier than you may think.

terrarium plants


Find out what goes into maintaining a flourishing enclosed garden.

Amaryllis Provides Boldest Flowers of Winter DK - How to Grow Practically Everything © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Bulb Gardens

When winter rolls around and you really need a dose of life inside, try forcing bulbs to flower indoors.

Pot and rocks

Bulb Gardens

Amaryllis and Paperwhites make perfect gifts at the holidays. See how to start these bulbs:

Basil Plants with Decorative Stone

Garden Art

Make plant markers or unexpected art pieces for your garden, or to give to your favorite gardener.

Completed Bird Feeder

Natural Birdfeeders

You only need five ingredients (all of which you can buy at the grocery store) to make these feeders and bird food.

Preparing Bird Food

Natural Birdfeeders

Watch as we mix up the perfect natural batch of bird food for this feeder.

Dyeing Flowers

Remember watching celery slurp up food dye in science class? The principle is the same here with much prettier results.

Dyeing Flowers

Watch the dyeing process and get our best tips:

Wind Chime Project

Handmade Wind Chimes

Transform tiny terra-cotta pots into cheerful music-makers for your garden.

Newspaper Pots

Start your seeds in these biodegradable \"pots,\" then plop each seedling into the ground, pot and all.

Container Butterfly Gardens Photo by Nancy Ondra

Butterfly Containers

Turn an ordinary basket, colander or even a pair of boots into a pretty garden that lures butterflies to your outdoor space.

Painting Garden Pots

Garden Sundial

Tell time in your garden with a made-from-scratch sundial fashioned out of container gardens and a few empty pots. Your kids will love running outside to check the time and water the \"hours.\"

Naturally Dyed Tee Shirts

Natural Tie Dyes

Learn how to turn edibles like strawberries, tea, blueberries and onion skins into natural dyes.

Seashell Frame Step 7

Seashell Frame

Use the seashells that your family collects at the beach to make the perfect summer memory and keepsake.

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