Easy Homemade Seed Tape Tutorial9:49 PM
Mother's Day is coming up soon, and many of you are looking for crafty ways to say "I Love You" to the Mom in your life. While flowers, cards, chocolates, and jewelry are classic, they are also more commercial than handmade. Kids crafts are plentiful, but don't always leave the receiver with any idea what to do with it after the holiday is over.
These easy seed tapes make a great Mother's Day craft; they are simple, affordable, and last the entire season. Your Mom will remember this gift every time they harvest a carrot, radish, or onion from their garden!
To create these seed tapes, you will need the following supplies, all available at Walmart:
- One roll 2-ply toilet paper or colored streamers
- One bottle school glue
- Small direct-sow seeds, such as onions, radishes, carrots, etc.
- A ruler or tape measure
- Curly ribbon or a bow
To begin, choose if you will use toilet paper or colored streamers. If you use the toilet paper, you'll want to unroll the toilet paper to about 2-3 feet, then tear off and fold over to create one long, narrow strip.
If you use colored streamers, you can just fold the streamer in half lengthwise, or choose to keep it as is.
Pick out which seeds you will use. If you are like us, you will have a stash on hand. Otherwise, Walmart has quite a few organic and heirloom seeds that will work. (Remember, you are using small seeds that are hard to sow by hand directly into the soil.) Have the seeds ready for the next part.
Using a measuring tape or rule, read the directions for the seed you are using and space tiny drops of glue along the paper. This is where you will "stick" your seeds. The spacing may be anywhere from a few centimeters to a few inches.
After you have put all the glue dots on your paper, you can follow by placing one seed on each dot. Depending on the age of your child, this may be difficult, as the seeds are tiny. (You may find that some of your children do better at the gluing, or that you can help them along.)
After all the seeds have been glued to the paper, you can let them dry for a few hours. Once the glue is completely dry (overnight is preferred), you can fold the paper over again and wind it up. Tie a nice bow or some curly ribbon around it and give it as a nice Mother's Day gift! You can also put a strip inside the envelopes of your Mother's Day cards.
Plant these just as you would normal seeds. If you want, you can make a copy of the back of the seed packet to give with the seed tape. This will help your special Mom know what to do, when to harvest, and what kind of reward they will receive!
As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.