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Vegetable garden with decorated stakes sitting throughout. The stakes have cartoon illustrations of various fruits and vegetable stuck to the top of each of them


Green-thumbed dads will love this thoughtful gift this Father's Day. With a few household items and some simple crafting materials, the kids can create identification sticks for whatever Dad's growing in his fruit and vegetable garden.


1Gather your tools and materials

Below you'll find all the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.

2Select your rocks

Choose rocks with a flat side that can easily be glued to one side of the garden stake. If you can, try and find rocks that are a similar shape to the fruit or vegetable that you're trying to re-create. You'll need one rock per vegie or fruit.

3Draw an outline on your rocks

Draw an outline of each fruit or vegetable on your rocks so the rock face looks like the fruit or vegetable.

4Decorate your rocks

Paint inside the drawn lines to create your fruit or vegetable character. Use a felt tip pen or paint pen to give your rock some personality. Leave the rocks to dry.

5Paint your stake

Paint the stakes any colour you like – you may need a few coats of paint for a strong colour. Leave to dry and then decorate with your felt-tip pens. You can add dots, stripes or any pattern you like! You could also write plant care instructions.

6Stick the rock to the stake

Run a line of glue down the top of the stake, around the same length as your rock. Push your rock onto the glue and then leave them lying down to dry for 24 hours.

7Add them to the garden

Once the glue is dry your stakes are ready to be displayed proudly in the garden. 

8Entertain your kids all year long

Our craft section has a wide selection of child-friendly materials for the kids' next arts and crafts project. 

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