I wanted to come up with some great garden markers for the garden we planted this past weekend. I looked online for some ideas, but I didn’t feel inspired. I rummaged through the garage to find something that might inspire me in terms of materials. I was at a loss browsing through things there. Finally, I thought up this idea. I went the craft store to collect all the things I would need.
I had some beads on hand, and you’ll want to have some to decorate the ends. I needed to buy the Alphabet Letter Beads.
I also needed wire. I purchased 18 gauge floral stem wire. The final thing I purchased was the Crimp Covers. They may also be called crimp beads. They are found in the jewelry making section of the craft store. You will want a size that is big enough to crimp onto your wire and hold your final bead in place (i.e. bigger than the hole of the final bead when crimped). You will want some needle nose pliers on hand as well.
The first part I did, which was to wrap the metal floral wire around a simple bead. I crimped it tightly in place.
The next part the kids were able to do with a bit of assistance. We intentionally did this project outside. I would work with one of the kids at a time. The other two would ride bikes or play on the playground. Then, they’d switch off. I did this with them until they became bored (they each did about 3, and I did the rest). This arrangement made this project a lot more manageable. With Corban (age 2), I just handed him the beads to put on the wire. This was great hand-eye coordination practice for the little one. With Kenzie (age 4), I tried to help her sound out the words and she was able to find her own letters. Abigail (almost 6) could practically do the whole thing on her own. She did try to spell blueberries – bluebarees though. She also wanted to spell cilantro – silontro. It all makes sense phonetically.
I’ll have to check in with you later as our plants grow more. Last year I wasn’t as on top of the harvesting. Our broccoli bloomed, and our lettuce was out of control. We also had an abundance of tomatoes that I didn’t utilize like I could have done. I need to read up on that a bit more. I have never claimed to have a green thumb, but I’m learning. We have loved having our own fresh food to go out and pick from come harvest.
“We have loved having our own fresh food to go out and pick from come harvest. For more DIY ideas on everything from gardening with kids to using vintage mirrors as wall art, Homeclick Community has some great videos and articles for you.“