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Overview

Green-thumbed dads will love this thoughtful gift this Father's Day. With a few household items and some simple crafting materials, the kids can create identification sticks for whatever Dad's growing in his fruit and vegetable garden.

Steps

1Gather your tools and materials

Below you'll find all the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.

2Select your rocks

Choose rocks with a flat side that can easily be glued to one side of the garden stake. If you can, try and find rocks that are a similar shape to the fruit or vegetable that you're trying to re-create. You'll need one rock per vegie or fruit.

3Draw an outline on your rocks

Draw an outline of each fruit or vegetable on your rocks so the rock face looks like the fruit or vegetable.

4Decorate your rocks

Paint inside the drawn lines to create your fruit or vegetable character. Use a felt tip pen or paint pen to give your rock some personality. Leave the rocks to dry.

5Paint your stake

Paint the stakes any colour you like – you may need a few coats of paint for a strong colour. Leave to dry and then decorate with your felt-tip pens. You can add dots, stripes or any pattern you like! You could also write plant care instructions.

6Stick the rock to the stake

Run a line of glue down the top of the stake, around the same length as your rock. Push your rock onto the glue and then leave them lying down to dry for 24 hours.

7Add them to the garden

Once the glue is dry your stakes are ready to be displayed proudly in the garden. 

8Entertain your kids all year long

Our craft section has a wide selection of child-friendly materials for the kids' next arts and crafts project. 

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.