It is almost impossible to walk through a garden and not feel joyful.

From the colourful flowers dancing on the breeze to the delightful butterflies and bees who float through the air, a garden is a space filled with happiness. When my daughters are having a particularly difficult day, I will often suggest they go and read a book in our backyard garden. Often, simply being outside amongst the plants is enough to turn their moods around.DIY Whimsical beaded garden ornaments - keep the colours of summer throughout the year in the yard or garden with these simple summer craft for kids and get them to create their own Beaded Garden Ornaments

In the book, “The Gardener” by Sarah Stewart, young Lydia discovers how positive and joyful of a garden can truly be. The story takes place during the Great Depression and despite the hardships she and her family are experiencing, Lydia’s secret rooftop garden brings joy to everyone in her community. In times of darkness, Lydia’s flowers fill their world with colour and light.

We were inspired by the beauty and vibrancy of Lydia’s garden. Our backyard vegetable garden is a bountiful space when it is harvest time, but otherwise, it isn’t a very colourful space. We wanted to bring some vivid cheer into our backyard vegetable garden. So, we gathered up some craft supplies and created our own whimsical beaded garden ornaments to adorn our vegetable garden.

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Materials for Beaded Garden Ornaments

assorted plastic beads
string
scissors
stick

How to make your Whimsical Beaded Garden Ornaments

DIY Whimsical beaded garden ornaments - keep the colours of summer throughout the year in the yard or garden with these simple summer craft for kids and get them to create their own Beaded Garden Ornaments

Cut a long length of string…longer than you think you will need.DIY Whimsical beaded garden ornaments - keep the colours of summer throughout the year in the yard or garden with these simple summer craft for kids and get them to create their own Beaded Garden Ornaments

Tie a bead onto one end of the string, this will stop the beads from slipping off the string as you work with it.

Next, feed a variety of beads onto the string until you reach a length you like.

DIY Whimsical beaded garden ornaments - keep the colours of summer throughout the year in the yard or garden with these simple summer craft for kids and get them to create their own Beaded Garden Ornaments

Tie the string of beads onto a stick or directly onto a tomato cage in your garden.

DIY Whimsical beaded garden ornaments - keep the colours of summer throughout the year in the yard or garden with these simple summer craft for kids and get them to create their own Beaded Garden Ornaments

Repeat making bead covered strings and adding them to the stick or to the tomato cage.

Place the beaded garden ornaments all around the vegetable garden.

DIY Whimsical beaded garden ornaments - keep the colours of summer throughout the year in the yard or garden with these simple summer craft for kids and get them to create their own Beaded Garden Ornaments

My daughters and I opted to hang our beaded ornaments all around our vegetable garden. Until the tomato plants start flowering and producing tomatoes, the beads will provide a lovely rainbow of colours. Our backyard has always been a peaceful space for reading and recharging, now it has a little extra added cheer to enjoy.

DIY Whimsical beaded garden ornaments - keep the colours of summer throughout the year in the yard or garden with these simple summer craft for kids and get them to create their own Beaded Garden Ornaments


Jen Farr is a writer and stay-at-home mom with 2 adventurous tween aged daughters. Jen shares everything that lands on their kitchen counter on her blog, Kitchen Counter Chronicles.

While there you’ll discover how Jen is navigating her way through parenting tweens in our hectic, digital times.

Jen also tweets at @kcchronicles and can be found on Facebook and Instagram.


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Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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