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Try These Projects When It’s Too Hot to Garden

Lucy Mercer and Renee Valdes
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Make a Bouquet of Zinnias from Pine Cones

When it’s too hot to garden, get the garden watered early in the day and fill your afternoons with projects that will make your garden more beautiful. These craft projects will keep your mind off the heat and satisfy the gardening itch until cooler weather arrives.

Make Zinnias from Pine Cones

Make a Bouquet of Pine Cone Zinnias

Paint pine cones bright colors and add sturdy stems to mimic annual summertime favorites like zinnias. Kids can paint the pine cones in bold colors and arrange the blooms; adults will need to help with cutting the pine cones. Discover how to make zinnias from pine cones.


make a tile Planter

How to make a tile planter

When the heat’s on, try making an easy tile planter or a trio of them. Using travertine tiles, these low-cost Moroccan-style planters spice up any room.

Try them with cactus plants or other succulents. Houseplants are another great option. Get instructions on how to make this tile planter.


Build a Native Bee House

DIY bee house

Attract native bees to your outdoor space by building them a place to call home. Bee houses lure solitary bees that do not live in colonies or build hives, such as mason bees. Because thousands of species of native bees are estimated to pollinate 80 percent of flowering plants, your garden will thank you.

Learn how to make this native bee house. Or, if you prefer, choose one to hang right away.


Decorative Cement planters

DIY cement and copper pots

When the heat’s on outside, turn your sights to this fun cement and copper flowerpot project you can mix and make in a well-ventilated area indoors.

These pretty pots are a low-cost option perfect for houseplants. When you create your own cement and copper flowerpot, you’re making something that matches your style, whether your preferred look is industrial, modern or glam. 

Get instructions on how to make these cement and copper flowerpots.


Houseplant Charms

Plant Charms on Cactus | The Home Depot's Garden Club

Dress up your houseplants with whimsical plant charms made from polymer clay. Imprint inspirational messages on the clay desks and display from copper wires. 

In summer, you can place the plant charms in a houseplant pot and present to friends. Or turn your thoughts to winter holidays and make a few extra to give as Christmas gifts. Learn how to make polymer clay plant charms.

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