15 Garden Crafts to Add to Your Space This Summer
Summer calls for time spent in nature, basking in the warm weather and sunshine. A fulfilling way to get outside while letting your creativity flow is through garden crafts. From creating colorful planters to making your own fountain, we're showing you how to craft great additions specifically for your garden.
A classic way to spruce up your outdoor area is with terra-cotta pot. The material ages beautifully and it's a great medium to hold all of your favorite plants. Make our Terra-Cotta Bud Vases to place on a table in your garden for a fun and simple DIY, or learn how to age terra-cotta pots you just purchased to make them feel like an existing element in your backyard. We're also showing you how to make our Tower of Herbs for a compact, vertical herb garden. All it involves is five terra-cotta planters, herbs, and soilless potting mix.
For those looking for a bigger project, we have plenty of more complex garden crafts to keep you occupied. Start with a fountain you can make yourself, then look forward to letting the sound of water calm your mind while you step outside to enjoy the fresh air. Tranquil sounds of flowing water also emanate from our Pyramidal Pots Water Fountain, and their smaller size means you can achieve tranquility just about anywhere.
If water isn't your thing, turn your focus on your furniture. Learn how to make a stylish, vintage-inspired Cane-Top Table; it's the perfect spot to sip your morning coffee or evening cocktail. And don't forget about furnishings for your favorite animals! Why not craft a Modern Birdhouse for your feathered friends? Our A-frame option is made of lightweight wood, and assembly requires just a few simple tools.
Ahead, explore more garden crafts to keep you busy this summer.
Terra-Cotta Bud Vases
Aged terra-cotta pots are beautiful but creating your own new one is extremely satisfying. Place freshly cut flowers from your garden in this fun DIY project.
This rustic flowerpot looks gorgeous outside or in. Collect bark that's been shed from trees and break it into 3-to 4-inch pieces, creating jagged edges. Using floral shears, cut the bark into thin strips for the raised rim of the pot. Then apply hot glue generously to the bark, and press it onto the pot, starting with the area just below the raised rim. Hold it in place for about 10 seconds before continuing to add bark, slightly overlapping the pieces. Glue the smaller strips to the raised rim, including the top edge and just inside the rim.
Wooden Sake Box Planters
Wooden sake boxes topped with plastic wrap can be used as miniature greenhouses for a gift of summer garden cuttings. Drill four drainage holes in the bottom of each box. For scented geraniums, like the ones pictured here, cut actively growing shoots with at least three leaves from healthy plants. Then, fill the sake boxes with vermiculite and water until moistened. Use a chopstick to make a hole in the vermiculite and insert a cutting. Then settle the vermiculite around the cutting, covering at least one leaf node, and re-water. Using heavy-duty plastic wrap, supported by 18-gauge copper wire, it'll retain humidity. Insert one end of a 9-inch-long piece of copper wire into the vermiculite in one corner of the box and then bend the wire diagonally across the top of the box, inserting the other end in the opposite corner. Do the same with a second piece of wire, crossing the first, as shown. Hold the plastic wrap in place with a rubber band before creating a name card for the cutting with care instructions inside, and tuck it into the rubber band.
Tomato Cage Plant Stand
Repurpose the tomato garden essential indoors or out, and place planters atop the stand for an instant vertical garden this summer.
Add swirls of bright hues to your container garden with this bright, summery craft.
Create a wreath out of summer succulents for a quick way to add a touch of your garden to your front door.
Tower of Herbs
Create your own herb garden that's perfect for small spaces thanks to this vertical tower of herbs. All it takes to create is five terra-cotta planters, soilless potting mix, and herbs.
Add this easy to make birdhouse to your garden by simply hanging from a tree. Feathered friends will love to stop by all summer long, while you'll enjoy making their new home.
Wrapped Leather Plant Hanger
Whether your garden is small and you need to go vertical, or you simply want to spruce up your indoor garden, this leather plant hanger is a stylish and functional option.
Add a dash of color to your garden this summer with these fun painted pots. They're easy to make, too. Simply paint terra-cotta pots using all-natural, powdered pigments.
Draw Birds to Your Yard
All this recipe needs is two simple ingredients. Attract the elusive yet beautiful creature to your garden this summer with this simple DIY.
Every garden needs a comfortable place to sit, and this DIY seat is just that It's easy to make and is the perfect way to upcycle old chairs.
Need a spot to sit and enjoy the outdoors? This easy DIY project is a great way to add some style to your space.
Aging Terra-Cotta Pots
Terra-cotta pots are a garden staple, but they look even better as they age than they do on the day you bring them home. If you want to mimic the look of an antique pot in a fraction of the time, follow our easy steps.
Pyramidal Pots Water Fountain
You don't need a flowing lake or serene pond to add some water to your garden this summer. Enjoy the calming sounds of a fountain with this project, which is made from flower pots.