DLTK's Holiday Crafts for Kids
Seed Cup Craft
Contributed by Leanne Guenther
This is an adorable grass seed craft made out of a disposable cup that lets kids grow
and care for their very own grass! This craft is suitable for a spring theme or just for fun!
- disposable cup (we used plastic)
- paint (acrylic paint is best for this project)
- grass seed
- Optional: wiggly eyes
Acrylic paint is (pretty much) not washable so young children should wear
old clothes and do their work away from carpet and other household
fabrics. If you catch it while it's wet, you can get usually get
it out but it dries very quickly so you have to be fast. Tempra
paints are more washable, but can still stain depending on the colors
you're using (I struggle getting blacks and reds out of light color
fabrics). When tempra paints get wet (from watering the seed) it runs and makes quite a mess.
- Buy grass seed.
- Paint the outside front
half of the cup with whatever color you want. I chose
purple because I wanted a bright colour that would contrast with the grass. The
unpainted back half of the cup can be used to view the roots of the grass.
- Glue wiggly eyes or draw eyes onto the painted side of the cup and
draw a mouth as well. This makes a face for your grass seed cup.
- Plant the grass seed, this can be a messy process so make sure you do
this on newspaper or outside:
the cup with dirt so that it is about a centimeter from
Sprinkle the grass seed over the dirt in all of the cups. Sprinkle a
fair amount because not all of it will grow.
- Sprinkle a little bit more dirt over the grass seed.
Now wait and watch your grass grow!
- It is important to water the grass every day. Don't use too much water
or else you will overwater the grass. I used
a syringe to water my grass so that I could have better control over the
amount of water that the grass got. If you use a plastic cup like me you
might not have to water it every day because the plastic contains the
water quite efficiently.
Once your grass starts getting really long you can give it a "haricut"
so it will start growing more again. This is also a messy process so do it
outside or place newspaper under the area you are doing it.
Printable version of these instructions