Monday, March 21, 2011

The Dirt: seed strip garland gift

Here’s an idea for your next party favor or house warming gift.

Make a seed strip garland and wrap it around a bottle or vase.  Add directions and you have a nice, useful gift.

Here’s how you can make this project:

Seed Strip Garland:
  • Cut out pieces of newspaper or other recyclable paper into leaf shapes. I used  telephone book white pages.
  • Make a paste out of flour and water - approximately one tablespoon of flour and two tablespoons of water.
  • Using the paste and a small paint brush, glue a seed to each paper leaf. Let dry thoroughly.
  • Glue the leaves to a piece of string to make a garland.


 

Vase:
  • Recycle an old bottle and wrap the seed strip garland around the vase.
  • Add planting and care instructions.
The seed strips are meant to be planted with the paper and string. The seeds are then evenly spaced in your garden and paper and string will eventually compost.

This is a nice low-cost gift that can be used for a variety of gift-giving occasions.

If you want to raise the wow-factor, put your vase and garland in a basket and add gardening tools, gloves or other fun items.





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32 comments :

  1. That is simply genius of course you could add a daisy or two from the market it still wouldn't break the bank and you would have flowers now and later

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  2. Carolyn, that's BRILLIANT! Did you come up with that one? If you DID, you REALLY get a standing ovation! And TONS of applause even if you are simply sharing it. LOVE this idea!

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  3. Super smart idea Carolyn! I love it!! You are really clever!

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  4. how cute is that?! Lovely eco-friendly idea. Congrats on being featured at WhipperBerry! Yay!!

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  5. I really like this idea and you have presented it so nicely. It would make a lovely housewarming gift!!

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  6. I am your newest follower. :)

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  7. Oh my, this is amazing! I'm sure you get that alot. This is a cool idea ^_^

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  8. Wow ... Lovely ... What a special gift to give a friend ☺

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  9. I'm in love.. this truly is special!

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  10. What a fabulous project!! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Paper Issues! =)

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  11. What a super idea! I'm so happy I found your blog through the blog hop. Hope you'll come by and visit me too.

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  12. now this is cute! dreaming of gardening season:)

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  13. Great gift idea for gardening friends - thanks for sharing - I found you at Blue Cricket Design.

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  14. What a very clever idea! thanks for sharing!

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  15. wonderful idea Carolyn! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

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  16. Thats about the sweetest hostess gift I've ever seen! If I got that I'd put the party on hold and go right outside and plant that garland! xoxo
    Robin

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  17. Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

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  18. I wanted to let you know we featured this on WhipperBerry today. Thanks for joining our parties, Carolyn!

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  19. What a lovely idea! How do you come up with these things? Thanks for linking up!

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  20. Oh my gosh -- this is fantastic!! I have so many seeds I've kept from my garden last year -- this will be so fun and such a nice, personal hostess gift! Thanks for the great idea!

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  21. Such a fabulous idea. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration and gardening tip.

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  22. Wow such a great idea. Its just fantastic, I love this post.

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  23. Waaaaaaaaaaaouh !! C'est fantastique ! Bravo.
    Thanks for sharing

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  24. I love this idea! I think I might have to make this to give along with my bff's wedding gift. She is big into gardening!

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  25. Found this via One Project Closer. I love the idea!!! Am 'pinning' it and will definitely try it.

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  26. What a fun idea! Now I know why I've been collecting seed pods on my walks. Would it be alright to use different colored tissue paper instead of newsprint? Not as green, I know, but more colorful. Thanks so much.

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    1. I think tissue paper would work but you would just have to be really careful not to rip the paper when you apply the glue and sees. It would be pretty!

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  27. This is a great way to use up old newspaper, it sort of looks like a beautiful skirt.

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