Now that summer is here, we hope you’re putting your green thumb to use! Whether you maintain an elaborate garden or simply keep a houseplant alive, this is the perfect time to try your hand at gardening. It’s also an ideal time to bust out some craft supplies. Combine the two together for some fun and engaging garden crafts for seniors. Scroll down to peruse the possibilities.
Garden Crafts for Seniors
Perfectly Painted Rocks
This craft is incredibly easy, incredibly cute, and makes for a great gift. To get started, you simply need to find some smooth rocks (or buy some at a garden store) and purchase outdoor paints, a paintbrush, and outdoor sealer. Then, use your creativity to paint the rocks in an interesting way, seal the design with your sealer, and place them in your garden. Looking for a little inspiration? We love these Ladybug Painted Rocks and Strawberry Painted Rocks from Crafts by Amanda.
Creative & Practical Markers
If your garden’s large enough that you find it hard to distinguish one plant from another, why not make some DIY markers? This is especially helpful if you’re planting vegetables or herbs that look alike. Two of our favorite options use oven bake-able clay. For simple, classy garden markers, check out this tutorial for DIY Garden Markers from Wit & Whistle. You’ll simply need clay, a rolling pin, a butter knife, and rubber letter stamps. If you’d like to get a bit more creative, consider using cookie cutters to cut pieces of clay, as described in this DIY Clay Plant Labels tutorial from Say Yes. Of course, you could also just mold the clay following your own creative whims! Whichever option you choose, by making garden markers, you can take the guesswork out of gardening.
Unique Flower Pots
Who says you have to plant your new flowers in pots? As long as the container has drainage holes to allow for water drainage and airflow, many different vessels can be used as flower pots. Check out the following tutorials for DIY project ideas:
- Turn an old watering can into a fun planter, as shown on Ann’s Entitled Life.
- Transform old tea tins into pots, as shown on Dainty Dress Diaries.
- Paint and decorate old metal cans to make fun DIY pots, as shown on A Fresh Squeezed Life.
Mosaic Stepping Stones
To enhance a path or add some decorative flair to your garden, consider making a mosaic stepping stone. Kits are available at craft stores and online, so you don’t have to worry about buying a mold or cement mix à la carte (though you could also go that route, of course). Once you’ve picked a kit, you simply need to follow the directions! This typically involves preparing the cement mix, pouring it into the mold, and decorating with stained glass, ceramic pieces, or other decorative materials. When you’re finished, find a home for this durable piece of artwork in your garden.
Which of these garden crafts for seniors strikes your fancy? Whichever project you choose, we hope it helps you cherish this wonderful season.
At Springhouse Village, we know how important it is to enjoy your retirement in a lively and welcoming environment. We make it easy for our residents to be active participants in our community. Whether that means encouraging residents to join an exercise class or assisting them in starting a garden club, we strive to help our residents thrive. To learn more about the amenities and services we offer, contact Springhouse Village today.