Kid Craft: Safari Animal Garden Markers

By Catherine |

safari garden animals

Spring around here has meant a lot of time outdoors. We’ve been gardening with our kids (more on that soon) and we decided we needed some cute, kid friendly garden markers. I found these cute safari animals for only $1 each and I thought they would make cute additions to our garden space.

We decided to paint them and used chalk markers to add labels. Now our garden is a colorful safari!

safari animals before


  • Plastic safari animals
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Chalk markers
  • Clear spray paint

Gather your supplies and take the kiddos outside to paint their animals. I let each kid choose 1 color for each animal and we got  to painting.

safari animal craft

Judah’s favorite animal is a lion and his favorite color is blue so there was no surprise that he choose to put those 2 together. We just used acrylic craft paint we had on hand. The only supplies I bought for this were the plastic animals from Walmart ($5 total) and some clear spray paint for $3. The whole craft was under $10 and a great afternoon of fun outdoors.

safari animals painting

safari animals craft

Being outside on a breezy day, they dried pretty quickly. A few of them took a second coat of paint in some spots to cover up their original designs.

I wrote on them with chalk markers which plant they were going to “guard”.

safari animals after

Then I sprayed them with a clear glossy spray paint to help seal it. This also dried pretty quickly even though the can said 1 hour before handling, the kids were too excited to wait and as soon as they felt dry we added them to our little garden.

safari animals drying

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Our safari garden animals are so cute and really brighten up our garden while we are waiting on our crops to come in. If you don’t have a vegetable garden like we do you can decorate these safari animals and leave off the names and just have a cute garden safari among the flowers.

safari garden animals craft

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Catherine is an Air Force wife enjoying the sunshine and warm weather of Arizona after 4 years of living in Germany. She loves being a mom to her 2 kids - a 6 year old little girl and 1 year old baby boy. She's always on the hunt for unique and creative finds for her littles. She loves taking photographs and documenting her family's adventures on her blog No Wooden Spoons.

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