Even though it’s still cold outside, it’s not too early to start livening up your backyard garden.

These projects are all about re-imagining classic garden elements in a fun, easy way that the whole family will love. From making your own rain barrel to using rain boots as plant containers, there’s no limit to the creativity you can bring to your backyard garden. Best yet, these ideas are so easy, they’re great to try with kids. Which projects will your family try this spring?

1. Painted Rain Barrel

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Rain barrels are a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to water your lawn and garden, and they are easy and inexpensive to make. Get the complete instructions here. If you’re feeling extra artsy, you can even add a personal touch by painting or drawing on the exterior.

2. Eggshell Succulent Garden

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This mini succulent garden only takes a quick trip to the hardware store to make, and it’s beautiful enough to display on your coffee table! Full instructions here.

3. Outgrown Rain Boot Planters

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When little feet outgrow their winter boots, don’t trash them–instead, turn those brightly-colored shoes into fun-filled planters. Get the project here.


4. Hop Scotch Pavers

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Nothing brightens up a backyard or garden like these rainbow hopscotch pavers–and they’re super-easy to make. Get the tutorial here.

5. Strawberry Stones

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These strawberry stones are not only fun to make and pretty to look at–they also deter birds from stealing your berries! Also try painting stones like carrots, potatoes, cucumbers, and corn to mark your veggie garden plantings, or just paint pretty things like cacti and ladybugs for fun decorations. Full tutorial here.

 Top Image Credit: Karine Brighten

Are your kids nature-lovers? Do you have any kid-friendly garden favorites?