Crafts: Mini-Garden Keepsake

Make DIY mini-gardens to celebrate the end of the
year with a gift that will keep on growing from
Instructor Magazine.

By Jim Noonan
  • Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8


Grow Some Memories

Celebrate the end of the year with a gift that will keep on growing. Help kids craft mini-gardens out of recycled plastic bags, fabric scraps, and ribbons. Fill each DIY satchel with a half cup of soil and a sprinkle of wildflower seeds. Kids can then scatter their garden-to-go in the backyard or a soil-filled container, water frequently, and watch flowers bloom through the summer.


What you'll need:
Recycled plastic bag or plastic wrap
Measuring cup
Wildflower seeds
Rubber band
Fabric scraps
Paper scrap
Pen or marker
Hole punch

1 Cut recycled plastic bag into 10 inch square (a similar sized piece of plastic wrap will work too). Add 1/2 cup of soil with a packet of wildflower seeds on top or 1/4 tsp. of loose seed). Next, gather up the corners of the plastic and secure with rubber band.

2 Cut 11 inch squares from fabric scraps. Use manila folder scraps or craft paper to create tags and decorate with a sweet, summery message and instructions for growing flowers (see below).

4 Punch a hole in the corner of each tag and thread onto a scrap of ribbon. Wrap fabric scrap around ball of soil and secure with ribbon.

Insructions for Growing Flowers:

1 Scatter seeds and soil in a small 1-foot square area of ground.

2 Tamp down lightly with shoes.

3 Water frequently and keep moist until seeds begin to germinate.

4 Water regularly until in full bloom and watch your wildflowers grow crazy!


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