10 Fun, Cheap and Easy Summer Garden Projects for Kids

This fall I plan on getting my edible backyard garden started. My kids are really excited and have been badgering me for weeks to get their hands dirty and start this garden. Unfortunately, with this Florida heat, none of the veggies that I want to grow will be able to survive in the summer. I decided while waiting for Florida weather to cool, I could keep my kids excited by doing different garden projects with them. This will allow them to add their own personal touch to our family garden while keeping their anticipation at bay.

I had a few criteria that I needed to meet as a busy mom. First of all, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on one craft. The craft had to be budget-friendly with easy to access materials. The project had to be fun and easy to complete in a couple of hours. My kids have a very short attention span, and I have things to do. While getting crafty and artsy this summer is fun, cleaning up after these projects are not. I needed to make sure that the project did not require a lot of clean up duty at the end of the activity. Keeping these criteria in mind, I searched the internet for fun, cheap, easy to make while creating very little mess projects. Here are the top 10 projects that I settled on.

Create a birdhouse from recyclable items like milk cartons or cereal boxes.

Paint and decorate pre-made birdhouses.


Make your own stepping stones.

Make garden wish flags.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle your plastic bottles into bird feeders.

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle unique wind chime

 Make organic garden markers from recyclable item

Craft a Felt Veggie Garden. Watch this easy tutorial.

Create a budget-friendly fairy garden.

Paint ladybug rocks for your garden.

What are some of your favorite summer garden projects for kids?

Diana was born and raised in Miami, FL. She is Haitian-American and fully embraces her Haitian culture. She completed her undergrad at University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida in Sociology and her Masters in Mental Health Counseling from Troy University. She is a Mental Health Counselor for 4 years helping children and families with their mental health needs through individual and family therapy. She has been married to her husband Andre for 10 years this December. They have 3 handsome sons; 8, 4, and 3. Their oldest was diagnosed with ADHD and Autism. She has learned to become a voice and an advocate for her son to ensure that he continues to be successful at school and throughout life. She is also a strong advocate for Autism Acceptance. They spend their weekends together as a family going to church and engaging in other activities.