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When it comes to crafting with kids, I’m a pushover for an easy backyard ornament that we can hang from a tree branch or in a corner of the deck or patio.

by Jackie

Homemade wind chimes, sun catchers, wind spinners and whirligigs look so pretty reflecting light and blowing in the breeze. Today, I’m sharing 21 of my favourite Outdoor Ornaments to make with kids!

All of these decorations are easy to make, and each one is crafted from every-day items you can find around your home. That means it won’t cost you a thing to add some colour and charm to a cozy corner of your backyard!

This glass bead sun-catcher looks too pretty to be homemade, but it is! You’ll love how simple, inexpensive and quick it is to make!

These vibrant rainbow wind chimes, hung from a branch in the backyard, will brighten up any outdoor play space!

Use your favourite colours of raffia to make these simple Summer Stars. They look so pretty strung together decorating a covered patio or porch.

These gorgeous Sea Shell Wind Chimes can serve as a lovely momento of a summer beach holiday.

Jar lids! The light looks beautiful shining through this natural sun-catcher/wind chime. What a pretty way to preserve the beauty of your garden.

One for winter! Any icy sun catcher can brighten up a little spot in the yard during those cold, bleak winter months.

The weight of the glass baubles cause these water bottle whirligigs to bounce and dance when a breeze finds them. Kids can make them bounce too. So fun!.

An old set of forks and spoons sound wonderful tinkling in the wind. You won’t believe how easy this upcycled cutlery wind chime is to make!

A tin can becomes a festive and patriotic wind sock! Change up the colours, and display it all year ’round!

Here’s another great recycled ornament to brighten your outdoor space: an easy garden mobile dripping in a rainbow of colours!

These whimsical wind spinners were one of my favourite internet finds this year. They’re a cinch to make with a few repurposed household items!

Turn a Pringles can into a windsock in a snap. You’ll love simple way we attached the ribbons, and kids will love the creative, decorating process.

I am so making this water bottle wind spinner! The process looks so fun and easy. I’ll bet it’s just a blur of colour when a breeze gets it going!

This recycled wind chime puts plastic lids of all shapes and sizes to good use. I love how bright and colourful it is!

And how about this a growing, living ornament! A Kokedama is a hanging garden made up of moss and small plants!

Put together a bunch of household odds and ends and you’ll wind up with this whimsical wind chime to brighten up your backyard space.

Who doesn’t have a bunch of old, useless keys hanging around. This colourful key chime is a fabulous way to give them a new life!

Java and music lovers will appreciate this coffee can and cd wind chime! And you’ll appreciate that you won’t require any tools to put it together!

Have you melted pony beads yet? We have not, but when I saw this melted bead sun catcher I immediately put it on my must-do list! Simple, fun and gorgeous!

Who knew a simple washer look so cheery? I just love this garden washer wind chime made from steel washers! I’ll bet they sound pretty too!

If you’re looking for more creative outdoor projects, be sure to check out this collection of 20 nature crafts for kids too!