March 4, 2013

How to Grow REAL Grass for Your Easter Baskets!

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This week's craft requires a green thumb... we're growing real grass for our Easter baskets! I'm presenting this craft a month in advance of Easter because it may take 2-3 weeks for your grass to grow. It will be worth the wait to have beautiful real grass to line your kid's baskets -- and you'll help make the Easter Bunny's offering an eco-friendly one!

Materials You Will Need
  • Grass Seed
  • Potting soil
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Squirt bottle (not mandatory)
  • A shallow container to grow your grass in, or if you already have your baskets, you can grow the grass right inside the basket. If using a shallow container, make sure it will fit in your basket ahead of time.

1) First, line your container or basket with aluminum foil.

2) Next, fill the container with potting soil, but don't fill it to the top because you'll need to save room to spread another layer of soil on top of the grass seeds -- sprinkle the top of the first layer of soil with your grass seeds. Then, cover with about 1/4 inch of soil on top.

3) Use your spray bottle to moisten the soil, or water it lightly if you don't have a spray bottle.

4) Finally, cover with plastic wrap to retain moisture, and place in a sunny window or warm dry area, ie: on top of the refrigerator.

Keep an eye on your grass each day and spray or moisten it if it begins to dry out. After the grass has sprouted, you can remove the plastic wrap. Then, continue to water each time the soil gets dry.

Growing your real grass will take anywhere from 10 days to a few weeks. So get a jumpstart now so it will be ready for Easter!

NOTE: Another eco-friendly idea for an Easter basket filler -- shredded newspaper or junk mail painted green!


Kate said...

We did this once or twice when I was a kid. You just have to keep in mind that the grass will be wet so the candy and other treats need to be protected from that. We had some pretty icky chocolates the first year :(

Petite Planet said...

Thanks for the insight, Kate! We sure don't want to include any icky chocolates in our baskets!

handmadecharlotte said...

ohhh i love it.....