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 make a lot of Christmas ornaments with clear glass and plastic balls, but this is the first time we’ve used them to make an outdoor garden craft.
These “flower drop” garden ornaments are so easy and inexpensive to make, and they look AMAZING!
I love these easy ornaments almost as much as the water-bottle wind spirals that we made recently.
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!
Normally, we use these clear balls for Christmas crafting, 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:
- clear, plastic ornaments with removable lids
- colourful pony beads
- aquarium stones
- artificial flowers
- fishing line
Making your garden ornaments couldn’t be any easier!
Just pop 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.
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.
When you’re happy with the way your ornament looks, pop the lid back on and loop some fishing line through the wire hanger.
Note: Take care not to over-fill your ball. You want your ornament 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!
Some places you might 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 ornaments, they’ll look amazing.
More easy, gorgeous 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. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.