Summer is almost here; lots of excitement in the air, school break, late nights and oh wait …lots of free time on our kid’s hands. Time to up root those lil’ sprouts from their boredom and have fun together exploring, learning and creating holiday DIY garden gifts. You’d be surprised by the many repurposed items you have hanging around the house making inexpensive and creative garden projects or a sustainable “green” gift.
With Pinterest at the touch of a finger, online crafts of every kind are available for those that want to create and play. I’m sharing just two garden crafts that I found to be family fun and easy to do. Be sure to explore Pinterest for more crafts ideas.
Recycled Milk Bottle Herb Garden: this herb garden can be hung from a window or patio or can sit on a sunny kitchen counter top. You can use one bottle or as many as five to make this easy savory kitchen herb garden ready to use. If you are a visual learner like myself you can view this herb garden tutorial online from “Not Just Trash on Grillo Designs.”
5 Pint sized plastic milk cartons
(If hanging) 3 cm wide wooden pole long enough to fit your window.
Permanent black marker
5) Four inch herbs.
Bag of organic potting mix
Let’s get started:
Clean your milk bottles with a thorough wash with soap and water and remove labels. Using the scissors cut off the top and bottom handle of the plastic bottle. Plastic bottle should have one side backside higher and the front side lower. Using the craft knife and ruler, from the longer topside of the bottle you will make 2cm vertical cuts slits parallel from the center of the bottle. The cuts need to be approximately 4cm long and at 1.5cm from either side of the bottle center (but this depends on your wooden pole size). The bottle will glide thru the pole. Finish the slits by punching holes on the top end of the vertical cuts (this gives the bottles enough space to slide on). Next use the black permanent marker pen to decorate and label each bottle with your favorite herb.
Note: If you are planning to plant the herb in bottle, take scissors and cut two additional slits on the bottom of each bottle for drainage. If you plan to set the 4” plant on top of the container (as seen in the photo) you will need to remove plant to water, you won’t need to cut bottom slits.
Select your herbs and plant before you hang the bottles. I like to use basil, chives, mint, rosemary and Italian parsley for cooking and easy to grow. Fill organic vegetable potting soil ½ way, remove plant from container, loosen roots and then place on top of soil, water lightly. Once all bottles are planted slide the bottles thorough the wooden pole using your pre-cut slits and suspend it from the windowsill or let bottles sit on a sunny kitchen counter.
The Soup Can Garden:
Empty soup cans
Hot glue gun
Use 2” plants either succulent or herbs.
Potting soil for succulents or herbs.
Punch holes with drill in bottom for plant drainage.
Natural ribbon, twine or raffia.
Let’s get started:
Clean your soup cans with a thorough wash with soap and water and remove labels. Use can opener to open top of cans. Take a drill and drill a few holes in bottom of can. Take natural ribbon and cut to width of can and attach with a few hot glue dots. Add potting soil ½ way then add plant. Optional: top dress the soup can with your choice of color aquarium rock. Take twine and cut width of can and tie a bow, optional add nametag to twine. These are simple ready to go garden gifts for any reason.
This Summer remember to slow down and have FUN making happy memories creating your own unique DIY projects with the kids. Be sure to snap a picture and add to Pinterest!