Turn clear, plastic Christmas balls into year-round Flower Drop Garden Ornaments that you can hang on a deck, patio or balcony when the weather warms up.
We’ve made a lot of garden ornaments here in my daycare, because they make great Mother’s Day gifts, and this one is my newest favourite.
We used clear plastic ornaments that we normally use to make Christmas ornaments, and we’ve filled them with artificial flowers so they can be displayed all year round.
I got the inspiration for these Flower Drop ornaments the other day when I was at my Mom’s.
She had some gorgeous hand-blown, glass ornaments hanging in her garden, and the minute I saw them I knew we needed to make something similar here in my daycare. Ours would have to be non-breakable of course, and inexpensive, and totally do-able for toddlers and preschoolers.
I came home, and rifled through the cupboards, and found exactly what we needed!
Clear, plastic ornaments!
They were perfect!
We’ve made some gorgeous Christmas ornaments with them in the past, but you know what? They make spectacular patio ornaments to hang in your outdoor sitting space or from the branches of a tree in your yard.
To make our Flower Drop Garden Ornaments, we used:
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- clear, plastic ornaments with removable lids
- colourful pony beads
- aquarium stones
- artificial flowers
- fishing line
Easy enough for a toddler to make!
Making these ornaments couldn’t be any easier!
- Take the top off your ornament, and have your child drop in a handful of beads or stones. Little ones love dropping things into things, so filling the ornaments will be a hit with young children.
- Next, push your flowers through the opening, and shake the ornament a little until you’re happy with the positioning of the contents.
- When you’re happy with the way your ornament looks, pop the lid back on and loop some fishing line through the wire hanger.
Here’s a very simple but stunning ornament that required just one large bloom. We didn’t add anything else because it was so lovely in its simplicity.
Note: Take care not to over-fill your ornament. You want it to be light enough that the lid doesn’t pop off under the weight of the contents when you hang it up.
Aren’t these gorgeous?
I can’t get enough of them!
I just love it when we take a few basic craft supplies out of the cupboard and make something this beautiful!
Where to hang your flower drop garden ornaments:
- in a sunny window
- on a patio or deck
- in a tree
- clustered together
- spaced out and staggered in height
- You can also pull these out at Christmas time, and hang them on your tree!
One thing’s for sure!
No matter where you display your flower drop garden ornaments, they’ll look amazing.
More easy garden ornaments for kids to make:
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.