Showing posts with label seeds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label seeds. Show all posts

Friday, March 4, 2011

The Dirt: paper towel roll seedling pots

Isn’t this a great idea? I read about this on a gardening site and it’s a great way to get your seedlings started without purchasing little pots.

Paper towel rolls cut down are the perfect size to start seeds and are biodegradable. When the plants are sturdy enough to be transplanted into the ground, you simply plant the entire roll.

To make these biodegradable pots, cut a paper towel roll into 4 tubes. Fill with potting soil and add your seeds.


I placed mine in a planter tray with pebbles on the bottom and moss around the pots to keep them in place. I also wrapped a piece of twine around each pot so it wouldn’t start unrolling when I watered them. The twine will need to be removed before planting.

Hopefully these will survive and grow into beautiful spring flowers.

 Like these.
Spring Flower photos courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.

This project is linked at the following:

Photobucket   Lovely Crafty Home 

And other link parties that I participate can be found here.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Upcycling: moss gift can

I was searching for another “upcycling can” project and came across the cutest moss covered cans on Once Wed. The minute I saw them, I knew I had to make some. Once Wed, used them as centerpieces with live plants. What a great idea!

My spin on these is to use them as a gift holder.

To make these moss covered cans you’ll need:

- Used cans
- Moss and/or moss sheets
- Glue
- String
- Optional: supplies to make seed packets and plant sticks

Start by savings cans. Make sure any sharp edges are crimped down. You can use moss sheets or use regular loose moss to cover your cans.

I knew the moss sheets would be easier to work with but I wanted a more natural looking top edge so I glued loose moss around the edge of the can.

Then I cut a piece of the moss sheet the height of the can and rolled it around the can.

Wrap string (I used heavy duty thread) around the can several times and tie off. Add loose moss to cover any bare spots.  

Next I made the seed packets and plant sticks. For the plant sticks, I used bamboo corn holders and paper cut outs covered in clear contact paper to waterproof them. The seed packets are made out of coin envelopes.

Love these. Thank you Once Wed!