Easy Kids Crafts : Tin Can Herb Garden
Herb Garden Craft for Kids
Make these charming tin can herb gardens and watch them grow all summer long! This project not only recycles, it creates new life, and is a great craft for kids. Your child can watch her plants grow for months to come and be proud that she created the container that holds them.
Supplies Needed for Tin Can Herb Garden
- Empty aluminum cans
- Screwdriver and hammer
- Liquid gesso
- Acrylic craft paints in bright colors
- Acrylic sealer spray, matte finish
- Craft sticks
- Black permanent marker
- 5-10 small rocks, stones or pebbles (enough for each can)
- 1.5 cups potting soil
- 4-inch potted herb plant (x however many cans you’re planting)
- White craft glue
- Flower stickers (optional)
Instructions to Tin Can Herb Garden Craft
1. Completely wash and dry aluminum can. Sand off any rough edges from opening of can.
2. Turn can upside down. Parent should use screwdriver or other pointed object to poke holes in the bottom of the can.
3. Paint outside of can with one coat of gesso. Let dry completely.
4. Paint can in the desired color, repeat coats if needed.
5. Decorate however you like. Use a thin paint brush for long lines, dip the end of the paint brush into paint for polka dots or decorate with stickers if desired.
6. In a well-ventilated area, spray the outside of the completed can with acrylic sealer spray. 7. Let dry.
8. Place enough rocks or pebbles in the bottom of the can to form a single layer.
9. Add enough potting soil to fill the can two-thirds full.
10. Remove potted herb from its container and transplant into the can.
11. Fill edges with remaining potting soil, gently pat down so that plant is firmly in the can but not compacted so much that it’s too tight.
12. Place can on a plate (to catch any water drainage) and add some water to the newly planted herbs.
13. Paint craft stick whatever color you like or leave natural. Allow to dry.
14. Use a black permanent marker to write the herb name onto the craft stick.
15. Insert your plant marker into the soil, being careful not to crush any roots along the way.
16. Place your new garden in a sunny window and remember to water them!
Thanks to www.crafts.kaboose.com for inspiring this craft!