Create a fun and easy DIY Garden Art for your yard! Made from plastic paper plate holders, these are an inexpensive way to decorate outside!
It’s that time of year – time for garden art! The weather is finally warming up and now that we are spending more time outside, I love decorating with DIY garden ornaments. These ornaments are bright, colorful, and super easy to make!
This tutorial only has two steps and requires only a few supplies. The ornaments are made from plastic plate holders – the kind designed to hold a paper plate while outside! They come in all sorts of designs, and you can even find them in different colors. I found these clear ones sold in a pack of four at my local grocery store for just a few dollars. The same ones I used are sold on Amazon as well, so I’ve linked to them in the supplies needed section :)
- Plastic Paper Plate Holders
- Outdoor acrylic paint – I used DecoArt Patio Paint
- Wooden or plastic stakes
Step One: Start painting! I used my favorite outdoor paint, DecoArt’s Patio Paint. I used it to paint stepping stones a couple years ago and they are still bright and colorful – even after leaving them out all winter.
It took a few coats of paint to get solid coverage. My first coat was fairly transparent, but after letting it dry, I added a second coat and started to get a more opaque color.
After adding a good base layer of color, start decorating with dots, tiny brush strokes, flowers and anything you’d like! I made my dots using the hard end of my paintbrush.
Once the plate is painted, cover it with a layer of sealer. I didn’t add sealer when I painted my stepping stones, but decided to add some to these in hopes of preventing the paint from chipping or flaking off the plastic. I have had these outside for a couple weeks now and they have been rained on and so far are holding up really well! I’ll be sure to post an update mid-summer on how they are handling the sun and rain.
Step Two: Wire the plates to a stake. I found some plastic garden stakes in our garage and used wire to attach the plates in two places to the stakes.
The DIY garden ornaments are ready for the yard! They look great on their own and even more fun in a grouping.
Below you can see my little cluster of three! My hostas are just coming in, and since most of our garden is not in bloom quite yet, these add a lot of color among the green leaves.
I hope you enjoyed this super fun and simple DIY you can create for your garden! I have a few more outdoor crafts in the works I’m looking forward to sharing. You can also check out a few of my favorites from previous years, including this DIY Watering Can Garden Ornament and my DIY Butterflies made from tin foil and cardboard!
I originally purchased my DecoArt Patio Paint as a set on Amazon. At this time a set wasn’t available to link to but I did include one of the Patio Paints below. I also linked to a set of outdoor paint from FolkArt. I have not personally tried it, but it looks like it would work well! :)