Garden Crafts

Indian Corn Series Part 1 - Making an Indian Corn Wreath

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I am crazy about Indian Corn!

Every year, in the fall, I end up buying more - even though I have bunches and bunches of it already at home. I just can't resist the stuff!

So - this year I decided to actually DO something with all those bags of Indian Corn my sweetie has so patiently hung from the garage rafters year after year. He never complains, but I know he is convinced I am nuts!

Chasing and Keeping Butterflies - a Simple Dollar Store Solution

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I just have to share this cool little Dollar Store solution for a butterfly home.

Although Antonio and Sophia's Mom (Lisa) had no problem finding butterfly nets at the Dollar Store, ready made homes were not available. Did that stop her? Nope!

Clever woman that she is, Lisa bought laundry bags and splatter screens for a dollar each!

Weave Your Children's Summer Adventures Into an Earth Loom Story

I just finished my very own Earth Loom and can't wait to share!

Building the loom is very easy and would be a great family project for the summer.  Once the loom is completed, let your children weave in all the collected memories and treasures found as they stroll beaches, picnic in the forest or walk in a local park or in the countryside.

The Earth Loom is not my idea but one I have enthusiastically adpoted from an extraordinary Saori weaver, Terri Bibby. 

Celebrating Mid-Summer with Recycled Aluminum Cans!

Garden Art!  Sun mobile made from the aluminum can bottoms left over from the butterfly mobile.

The idea of making little suns was inspired by Midsummer Celebrations.  Midsummer is celebrated around the world near the summer solstice - the longest day of the year. This link will give you some idea of how many cultures celebrate.

Easy Summer Garden Tip - Make Gourd Planters

Since I couldn't entice a single bird family to move into my hanging gourd bird house this spring, I decided to fill it with plants! I cut and cleaned a couple more gourds to keep it company.

Some people use small saws or even electric tools to carve an opening in the gourd.  I prefer to use those ubiquitous little pumpkin saws.  The smaller teeth work better than the bigger teeth.

Before cutting, I usually draw a design on the surface, but for this project - I just cut a circle - sort of!  With all those leaves - who is to know it isn't perfect?

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