• The Gardening Team

#ChooseJoy

Updated: Apr 23

Hello Gardeners!


Welcome back to the #PullYourWeeds blog, we are so happy you are here! Shanna Truffini, author of You Are A Gardener, often says, "Choose joy." In these unusual and unprecedented times, we find that to be both a challenge and a necessity. If this time at home has taught us anything, it's that the world is unpredictable and while it's easy to get busy with routine, it is essential to have the ability to slow down, be present with the ones you love, and find gratitude with what you have. We often think of this quote by the one and only JK Rowling,



On the blog today we have a super simple craft -great for gardeners of any age - and the results are beautiful! We are making Watercolor Window Hangers, and in honor of #EarthDay this week, we are using recycled materials to help us make them. We really love this craft because it's great for those young gardeners working on their fine motor skills, colors, and shapes!


Here is what you will need:


Basic watercolor set (if you don't have watercolors, use colored pencils!)

Sturdy paper

Toilet paper tube

Recyclables in various shapes-such as bottle caps

Scissors



Feel free to create whatever image you'd like! We chose a simple flower to demonstrate, but make an entire scene, make something abstract, go with your own flow! What we did was cut and bend our toilet paper roll into various shapes and used a small plastic circle as outlines, then filled in with watercolor.




**Note, if you are trying to teach your gardener about primary and secondary colors, this is a great craft because as you overlap primary colors, they form secondary colors**



Now proudly display in your window! The watercolor has this stained glass effect when the sunlight hits that is so beautiful and these little window hangers serve as another reminder to remember the flowers!



Did you make this craft? Send us your photos by tagging @youareagardener or emailing them to flowers@youareagardener.com. We truly hope you are finding a way to #ChooseJoy right now! We are here for you and are in this together!


And of course, please do not forget to #PullYourWeeds!