Gardening Projects Kids Will Love

Get your kids excited about growing things with these fun (and secretly educational) gardening projects.

March 02, 2020

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Upcycled Sandbox Garden

Put that old sandbox to good use by repurposing it into a fun, kid-friendly garden chock-full of healthy fruits and vegetables they'll love.

GET THE HOW-TO: Upcycle a Sandbox Into a Kid-Friendly Garden

Seed Bombs

Bring life and color to bare areas of your yard with these DIY seed bombs made from scrap paper.

Watch the Video: DIY Seed Bombs

Pizza Garden

Plant a pizza-shaped garden with tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and other favorite toppings occupying each "slice."

Get the How-To: Grow a Pizza Garden

Carnivorous Garden

Set up a miniature bog garden that's sure to subtract a few insects and entertain the kids. The hunters? Venus flytrap, pitcher plants and sundew.

GET THE HOW-TO: Create a Carnivorous Garden

Indoor Fairy Garden

With a little glue, a few craft supplies and some potted plants, kids can create a beautiful indoor fairy garden that's perfect for every season.

Get the How-To: Make an Indoor Fairy Garden

Beach-Themed Garden

For a summery twist on the classic fairy garden, make this beach-inspired version complete with a popsicle stick Adirondack chair and a painted-rock shark.

Get the How-To: Beach-Themed Fairy Garden (Shark Included!)

Ladybug Hotel

Attract beneficial insects to your yard with a house created just for them. The small nooks and natural materials are especially enticing.

GET THE HOW-TO: Dig This: Craft a Ladybug Hotel

Countertop Herb Garden

Upcycle tin cans into a compact garden that will provide fresh herbs all year round.

Get the How-To: Grow Your Own Kitchen Countertop Herb Garden

Hanging Herb Garden

Short on counter space? You can also transform empty coffee cans into upside-down hanging planters that will fascinate the kiddos.

Get the How-To: Upcycled + Upside Down: Hanging Herb Garden

Eggshell Seed Starters

Give seeds a happy starter home by planting them in recycled eggshells before transplanting them into pots.

Watch the Video: DIY Eggshell Seed Starters

Cat Garden

Fill a ceramic pot with catnip, mint and other herbs your feline family member will love to snack on.

Watch the Video: How to Plant a Cat Garden

Air Plant Terrarium Magnets

Decorate your refrigerator with these living magnets filled with air plants and moss.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make Air Plant Terrarium Magnets

Mini Greenhouses

Upcycle plastic food containers into indoor greenhouses for starting seeds. They'll give your garden the humidity it needs to grow in no time.

Get the How-To: 5 Small-Space Greenhouses

Recycled-Bottle Birdfeeders

Put old bottles to good use by upcycling them into charming birdfeeders your chirping friends will love.

Watch the Video: Recycled Bottle Birdfeeder

Lettuce Sphere

Salad for dinner sounds way more fun when you can snip the ingredients off this hanging orb of lettuces and greens.

Watch the Video: How to Grow a Lettuce Sphere

Miniature Terrarium Favors

Share your love of gardening with these miniature take-home terrariums that are perfect for any time of year.

GET THE HOW-TO: Tiny Terrarium Craft

Newspaper Seed-Starter Pots

Grab a few sections of newspaper from the recycling bin and turn them into biodegradable containers for starting seeds.

Get the How-To: Create Newspaper Pots for Seed-Starting

Upcycled Garden Markers

Decorate colorful bottles to keep track of what's where in the garden.

Watch the Video: 3 Free Garden Markers

Kid-Sized Garden Tote

A customized tote is just the thing to get kids interested in gardening. After decorating it, fill it with kid-sized gardening tools.

Get the How-To: Create a Child's Garden Tote

Sand Art Terrarium

Give terrariums a twist! Although sand art has been popular since the '70s, it feels fresh and trendy when used with your favorite miniature houseplants.

GET THE HOW-TO: How to Make a Sand Art Terrarium

Charming Mossy Chair

Upcycle an old chair into a moss-covered centerpiece for your garden. After an adult removes the upholstery, kids can add plants like scotch moss, creeping jenny, ajuga and creeping wire vine.

Get the How-To: Upcycle an Old Chair Into a Mossy Garden Centerpiece

Eco-Friendly Birdfeeder

Turn an orange peel into an all-natural birdfeeder filled with birdseed and peanut butter.

Get the How-To: Healthy Eating: 5 Eco-Friendly Birdfeeders

Sprout-o-saurus

You can grow sprouts on any standard sponge, but cutting it into a fun shape first makes this project even more appealing for pint-sizers.

Watch the Video: Kid's Garden Craft: DIY Sprout-o-saurus

Creative Containers

Think beyond the typical terra-cotta pot and let your kids experiment with unexpected containers. Colanders make great planters since they already have drainage holes.

Read the Article: Unique Planter Ideas That Are Sure to Grow on You

Ombre Rain Chain

Turn tiny terra-cotta pots into a colorful rain chain that will transport rainwater to your flower beds.

Get the How-To: DIY Terra-Cotta Rain Chain

Edible Birdhouse

Use seeds and dried fruits to make a tasty birdhouse your feathered friends will visit time and time again.

Watch the Video: Build an Edible Birdhouse

Dino Planter

If your kids no longer plays with their plastic dinosaur figurines, transform them into quirky metallic succulent planters.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Metallic Dinosaur Planter

Stone Garden Marker

Transform an ordinary rock into a colorful work of art that labels your plants and accents a garden bed.

Get the How-To: How to Make a Decorative Garden Stone

Re-Grow Veggies

Show your children how easy it is to re-grow celery, onions and other veggies from scraps.

Read the Article: 9 Plants You Can Start From Kitchen Scraps

School-Inspired Planter

A perfect gift for a teacher, this upcycled ruler planter can be filled with succulents or other small plants.

Get the How-To: Teachers Rule: Make This DIY Planter for the First Day

Mini Woodland Garden

Treat your budding gardener to a tiny garden they can hold in the palm of their hand.

GET THE HOW-TO: Make a Tiny Woodland Garden

Felt Veggie Garden

Keep kids learning and having fun in the garden 365 days a year.

Watch the Video: DIY Felt Veggie Garden

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