Gift Ideas for poor creative souls (1)

Posted by: Cathy

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Cathy

Having just spent hours in the garden, I thought this idea was perfect for this time of year.  I know in the US they will celebrate mother's day on the second Sunday in May, so this gift is perfect and really inexpensive.  What's more, you'll be doing your bit for the planet.

This idea comes courtesy of Giver's Log.

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The intent of seed tape is to make planting easier when you have teeny tiny seeds that need to be planted just inches apart (like carrots and radishes). But it’s also fun for gifting flower seeds or giving away seeds you’ve collected from your own garden. And it’s a pretty simple and very kid-friendly project.

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Here’s what you’ll need:
-1/4 cup flour + enough water to make a paste
-strips of paper to make the tape: black and white newspaper (no colored ink), single-ply toilet paper, and a thin paper bag all work
-something for dabbing on drops of the paste, like the back of a paint brush
-and seeds!

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You can also add a pretty flower to your boxes to pretty them up a bit.

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mooaany
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written by mooaany, April 22, 2010
what a fine idea!
Susan
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written by Susan, April 22, 2010
I love it. Time to get the grandkids together and get them making!
Cathy
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written by Cathy - Admin, April 22, 2010
It's such a simple thing but I know I would love to receive something like this. smilies/smiley.gif
mooaany
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written by mooaany, April 22, 2010
What a wonderful series this would make handmade is very special to receive, ca not wait to see what else is coming!
Marilyn
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written by Marilyn, May 01, 2010
What a super, unique gift idea!
Craftybird
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written by Craftybird, June 11, 2010
This really is superb! I love it. I think I'm going to do it. And I think I'm going to spread the word about it smilies/grin.gif

...I mean, it has everything. Crafty, environmentally friendly and imaginative.
nephron010
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written by nephron010, February 08, 2014
Hi -
Thanks for the great idea. Just a few thoughts:
when making the home made glue - you might want to use gluten free flour or even starch. Although the gluten free flour can be more expensive, you won't need much. Gluten, whether wheat or corn, inhibits seed development (the seeds germinate, but the roots get stunted and the plant dies) - its actually a pretty effective organic weed control method for lawncare to prevent weed seeds from taking hold.
If using toilet paper, beware the Charmin Brand - it doesn't decompose very effectively, and may limit seed development as a result. Go with the simple stuff for a better biodegradeable result.
Thanks again for a great idea - this would be great to keep my parents in gardening, as they are deterred by the small seeds for planting.

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