Cane eye guards

Some flowers and vegetables will need canes to support them as they grow. The end of the cane can be dangerous for your face or eyes as you bend over to look after your plants. Create eye guards to protect yourself.

Make an eye guard for a cane

What you'll need

For an eye guard made out of recycled materials:

  • Empty plastic drinks bottles

  • Rainproof materials for decoration e.g. ribbon, recycled packaging

  • Glue or sticky tape

  • Scissors

For a clay eye guard:

  • Clay

  • Paints

  • Varnish

What to do

Recycled materials eye guard

  1. Decorate a plastic drinks bottle using materials and fabrics that won’t go soggy in the rain, you could make animals, insects or a brightly coloured pattern.
  2. Don’t forget as you decorate, that the bottle will fit on the cane upside down.
  3. Place the bottle on the cane and stand back to admire your handiwork.

Clay eye guard

  1. Design your eye guard around simple shapes such as a sphere or cone.
  2. Make sure that you make a hole in the clay for the cane before air drying the clay and varnishing. You could use a pencil or cocktail stick to draw a pattern in to the clay.

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.