It’s summertime here in Texas, and that means getting messy in the garden! My daughter loves to pick flowers and play outside. And when she was in preschool, she loved flower crafts particularly! But this Mason Jar Garden doesn’t rely on the summer sun, and is just as fun when made during the winter time!
With very few supplies needed, making flowers from cardboard and yarn is an easy preschool craft! And it’s a super way to start talking to young children about how real seeds grow!
Create an indoor mason jar garden that your child can enjoy day and night!
~How to make a Mason Jar Garden~
There are a few things you are going to need for your mason jar garden:
- Mason Jars
- Crayons or paint
- Popsicle sticks
- Colored Yarn
- Dirt and Grass optional
Your first step is cutting some flower shapes out of the cardboard. I used a Tulip shape because it was
easier to wrap the yarn around. You can experiment with other shapes.
Then color the cardboard and the Popsicle sticks with crayons, food coloring or watercolor paint. We
used crayons for the least amount of mess!
Next step, glue your cardboard flowers to you Popsicle sticks.
Now the fun part – wrapping your flowers with yarn. Cut off some yarn and tie one end in a knot around
the stick just under the flower. Start twirling the flower and wrapping the yarn around the flower. This is great manipulation practice for tiny hands!
When it is wrapped as much as you want, just tuck the end of the yarn underneath the other yarn on the
flower. For a better hold, you can use some glue, but it’s not absolutely necessary.
Fill your mason jars with some dirt and grass trimmings. Use some yarn to create a bow around the lip of
the mason jar. Plant your cardboard flowers in the mason jars. You can plant one or more flowers in
each mason jar.
This is also a great way to open a conversation with kids about how seeds grow. Think about planting a real one near your flower!
This would also be a great craft for apartment or city-dwellers when you don’t have a yard to plant real
flowers in. You could also try planting your flowers in pebbles, marbles, ribbon or loosely piled yarn in the
Get creative! Enjoy!