Making the most of summer

With the summer months fast approaching, everyone wants to get out and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts. Get creative this summer by doing some fun outdoor crafts in the garden. It’s a great opportunity to add a splash of colour to your days, save some cash on expensive days out and even get the children involved.
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1. Fairy Homes
A magical trend has been looming around gardens and homes across the country lately and it looks as though the fairy home creation trend is here to stay. Get your fairy craft supplies from Craft Superstore and have fun transforming an area of your garden into the perfect fairy-tale home. Make washing lines for the fairies to hang their washing with sticks and a long piece of cord. You can use a tiny bird house as the main home for these little creatures and let your kids decorate the front door with outside acrylic paint. This is a great way to bring some magic to your garden this summer.

2. Bird Shelter Decoration
Wildlife and nature seems to blossom into life during the summer months and there is no reason why you can’t bring the wonders of nature into your back garden. Consider decorating a bird house and hanging it up so that little winged friends will begin visiting your garden more often. You could even put up a few signs about the garden that say things like ‘Hedgehogs and Rabbits Welcome’ and leave food out to make the kids excited about the prospect of meeting new fluffy friends.

3. Seed Starters
If you love planting then making your own seed starters will definitely be of interest to you. Kids enjoy this craft as well because it is simple and they can get their hands messy, which all children seem to love. According to www.parentmap.com the best way to make a seed starter is to use shredded paper and tissue paper mixed with a small amount of water until the solution is soft to the touch. Place this mix into a decorative cookie cutter and add seeds to the wet paper once the shape has taken. After it has dried you can go ahead and plant your gorgeous summer flowers.

4. Paint Rocks
Every garden has rocks but they are usually pretty boring and uneventful which is why it could be a great idea to add a touch of colour and life to them. Grab some paints, pipe cleaners, sequins and googly eyes to decorate your rock. Kids will enjoy turning them into little creatures to display in their room or on the windowsill as a little summer ornament.

5. Flower Pot Fun
Another great idea for the planting fans out there is to paint and decorate the flowerpot. You could add a splash of colour to a once ordinary flowerpot or make it even more original by following this simple idea from Martha Stewart. She advises that painting the collars of clay pots with ‘stripes of chalkboard paint’ is a great way to add a touch of personalization to your plants. It also gives you the opportunity to identify your home-grown kitchen herbs as you can write their names on the chalkboard collar of the pots.

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