Vegetable Garden Stakes

Vegetable Garden Stakes

Crafting Time:
  • Weekend Project
Skill Level:
  • Beginner
Project Courtesy of: Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores

Additional Information



  • Styrofoam brand foam:
    • 6" ball (pea pod)
    • 2" balls (peas)
    • 9"x37/8" white cone (corn)
    • 5" ball (tomato)
    • 16"x27/8" cones (carrots)
  • 2 balsa wood strips, 1/4"x3"x36"
  • Alphabet stickers
  • Spray paints: green (3 shades), yellow, orange, red
  • Green craft foam
  • 22-gauge cloth stem wire
  • Styrofoam glue
  • Serrated knife, craft knife
  • Saw (for cutting balsa wood)
  • Toothpicks
  • Pen or paint brush
  • Permanent marker
  • Spray vanish


  1. Refer to photo. Carve vegetables. Spray, from a distance of at least 18", in the desired colors. Let dry.
  2. Cut craft foam shapes (tomato leaves, corn husks). Secure to the vegetables with wire. Refer to photo. Spirals are made by twisting wire around pen or paint brush hand.
  3. Cut balsa wood strips in half lengthwise and then into stakes with pointed bottom ends. Spray each cut piece of balsa wood with spray paint.
  4. Cut additional pieces of balsa wood for the vegetable labels. Spray the desired color and attach alphabet stickers or write with permanent marker. Spray balsa wood with several coats of spray varnish, to protect from the elements.
  5. Using a craft knife, carve a slot in each vegetable (as deep as possible) the dimensions of the blunt end of the stake. Glue the vegetables to the stakes; let dry.
  6. Glue the balsa labels to the stakes; let dry. Decorate stems with additional wire "vines".