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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
- Measuring cup
- Wildflower seeds
- Rubber band
- Fabric scraps
- Paper scrap
- Pen or marker
- Hole punch
What You Do:
- Cut recycled plastic bag into a 10-inch square (a similar sized piece of plastic wrap will work, too).
- Add 1/2 cup of soil with a packet of wildflower seeds on top or 1/4 tsp. of loose seed).
- Next, gather up the corners of the plastic and secure with rubber band.
- Cut 11-inch squares from fabric scraps.
- Use manila folder scraps or craft paper to create tags and decorate with a sweet, summery message and instructions for growing flowers (see below).
- Punch a hole in the corner of each tag and thread onto a scrap of ribbon.
- Wrap fabric scrap around ball of soil and secure with ribbon.
Instructions for Growing Flowers:
- Scatter seeds and soil in a small 1-foot square area of ground.
- Tamp down lightly with shoes.
- Water frequently and keep moist until seeds begin to germinate.
- Water regularly until in full bloom and watch your wildflowers grow crazy!
Image: Roger Hagadone
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