Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Plastic Grass?? Yeah, No.

Easter decorations are some of my favorite decorations. There's something about the soft colors and all the little bunnies and chicks that just speaks to me. But there is one type of Easter decor I don't like. The green plastic grass. That stuff I could totally do without. It's just kinda chintzy and always seems to end up scattered around my house, stuck on random jelly beans.  Decorating with real grass is so much prettier and super easy to do. I say this from personal experience. From start to finish, it'll only take you about 7 days to make something totally adorable. Here's how you do it.
All you'll need is some type of container, some potting soil, and rye grass seed. I used these cute little bunny bowls I found at HomeGoods, but you could use any type of container.  Coffee mugs, flower pots, tin buckets - they'll all work. Just use your imagination.
Fill your container with the potting soil. You'll want the soil to be about 3/4 of an inch below the rim. 
Sprinkle on your rye seed, with a heavy hand, all over the top. Don't be shy- you want to pile it on here. That way your grass will come in nice and thick. Gently scratch the seed into your dirt.
 Once you've done that, you'll want to use a spray bottle to soak the seeds into the soil. I got this tip from Karen at theartofdoingstuff.com. By using a spray bottle instead of your tap, the seeds will stay put and won't wash to the edges. This helps you from accidentally ending up with patchy grass.  Ain't nobody got time for patchy grass. After that, cover your container loosely with plastic wrap and place it in a sunny spot. Water it a little every day, making sure the soil is only slightly damp. 
You'll be amazed at how fast this stuff grows. After only a day and a half in the sun, this is how much progress I'd made. 
Here's a picture of the same bowl after 4 days. Things are getting a lot more interesting, but it's still not quite done. 
 At day 7, now we're all done. Tell me this is not the sweetest thing you've ever seen.
All it needs now is a little haircut and we're good to go. To make sure this stays looking nice, you'll want to water your grass (lightly- just damp to the touch), occasionally trim it, and make sure it gets some sun. That's really all there is to it. Now it's just a matter of figuring out where you want to use it in your house.
I decided to use my bowls of grass to help decorate my dining room. I had a lot of white going on in there and I liked how the green of the grass added that little sumthin' sumthin' to the table.
C'mon- that's got to be the cutest thing you've ever seen. So much bang for your buck. It did take a little bit of planning- waiting for everything to grow. But other than that, it was so easy your kiddos could do it. As a matter of a fact, I think you should let your kids help with this. They'll have an absolute blast doing it and will end up feeling like little Master Gardeners. And lucky you. You won't have to worry about finding this stuff two months from now, under your couch, stuck to a Peep.





2 comments:

  1. Awesome, and when time is up plant it outside.

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    1. Rye grass is kinda wimpy when it comes to the Texas heat and scorch. Not sure how long it would last outside in The Lone Star State, but I'm going to give it a shot here in Jersey :-)

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