Take craft time into the garden these holidays and let the kids put their stamp on outdoor spaces.
Start them doing projects that fire their imagination and they will be at it all summer long.
Get them hooked with these three fun projects, then come up with some more of your own.
We show you how to make quirky critters like these pine cone animals and raid the recycling bin to create colourful garden decorations.
And let our fairy garden in a pot inspire the kids to design their own miniature landscape.
They can choose their own theme and create it, then learn to care for their miniscape.
Pine cone pets
Imagination is the key to this project and it will cost next to nothing to make these wonderful creatures.
You’ll be amazed at all the different looks you can create.
To start, you’ll need pine cones, sheets of coloured felt, stick-on eyes, pipe cleaners, scissors, adhesive and a glue gun.
1. Cut out the shapes
Look for shapes online to use as templates for ears, tails and noses.
Print them, then trace onto felt, cutting out the shapes with scissors.
TIP: Kids may want to create their own shapes rather than find them online.
2. Create the ears
Make layered ears by cutting out pieces of felt that are smaller and a different colour than the pieces already cut for the ears.
Apply craft adhesive to the smaller pieces and centre on the larger ear pieces.