DIY Gardening Tote Bag – Dollar Store Spring Craft for Kids

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I was looking at some cute little gardening bags for the kids the other day but I just didn’t like the idea of paying $15.00 each. Then I was wandering the aisles of Dollar Tree as I love to do, looking for fun and inexpensive projects for the kids and I to make for spring. 

I found this two pack of bags and I thought, why couldn’t I do something with this? So I continued searching around for items there to decorate the bag. I was able to find everything (including seeds and some plastic garden tools) at my Dollar Tree. 

You can make 2 totes for only a few bucks – I love that kind of savings! Grab these supplies and put together a few of these for your kids, to make them truly kid friendly use a strong craft glue instead of hot glue so they can be more involved in the creative process.

Supplies Needed:

  • 1-2 small bags
  • 1 bunch silk flowers
  • 1 pack craft foam
  • hot glue/glue sticks


Begin by cutting a the general shape of a pot from orange craft foam (you could also do a vase, or make grass from green craft foam).

Use hot glue to secure the foam pot to your bag, except for the top 2 inches – you will need to tuck in your flowers here.

Cut your silk flower stems to 3” -4 “ long. Tuck them in and arrange them until you’re happy with how it looks.

Hot glue the flower and stem down to the bag, tucking bottom behind pot.

Allow the hot glue to set fully. I do recommend having a piece of cardboard or plastic inside the bag to prevent the hot glue from glueing the bag shut!

You are only limited by imagination in designing this garden tote! To decorate it you could also use buttons, cut foam into bug shapes, sew on or glue on pockets, felt shapes, fringe, moss, or glue on letters!

Fill with seeds and tools for a fun surprise for your little one, I don’t know about yours, but my kids love any excuse to get dirty! These made lovely little gift sets with gardening tools and seeds to get started!

The dollar store usually has little soil pots, decorative garden markers, and other little goodies you could add in if you wanted to.

 This makes a great hands-on spring activity and gift for Mother’s Day, Grandparents Day, or any other spring gardening project you might be doing in your classroom!


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