Crafts

Crafts: Mini-Garden Keepsake

Make DIY mini-gardens to celebrate the end of the
year with a gift that will keep on growing from
Instructor Magazine.

By Jim Noonan
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Grow Some Memories

Celebrate the end of the year with a gift that will keep on growing. Help kids craft mini-gardens out of recycled plastic bags, fabric scraps, and ribbons. Fill each DIY satchel with a half cup of soil and a sprinkle of wildflower seeds. Kids can then scatter their garden-to-go in the backyard or a soil-filled container, water frequently, and watch flowers bloom through the summer.

 

What You Need:

  • Recycled plastic bag or plastic wrap
  • Soil
  • Measuring cup
  • Wildflower seeds
  • Rubber band
  • Fabric scraps
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Paper scrap
  • Pen or marker
  • Hole punch

 

What You Do: 

  1. Cut recycled plastic bag into a 10-inch square (a similar sized piece of plastic wrap will work, too).
  2. Add 1/2 cup of soil with a packet of wildflower seeds on top or 1/4 tsp. of loose seed).
  3. Next, gather up the corners of the plastic and secure with rubber band.
  4. Cut 11-inch squares from fabric scraps.
  5. Use manila folder scraps or craft paper to create tags and decorate with a sweet, summery message and instructions for growing flowers (see below).
  6. Punch a hole in the corner of each tag and thread onto a scrap of ribbon.
  7. Wrap fabric scrap around ball of soil and secure with ribbon.

Instructions for Growing Flowers:

  1. Scatter seeds and soil in a small 1-foot square area of ground.
  2. Tamp down lightly with shoes.
  3. Water frequently and keep moist until seeds begin to germinate.
  4. Water regularly until in full bloom and watch your wildflowers grow crazy!
     

 

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