Seed Catalog Garden
What you will make:
Make a garden in the middle of winter by cutting up seed catalogs.
This is a good project for exercising the imagination on cold dreary days. Cutting up the catalogs,
making the garden, and playing with it will keep kids
busy for hours.
This project requires few materials and is great for family craft
Here's what you need:
- Seed catalogs or magazines with pictures of flowers
- Shoe box or other small box
- Craft sticks
- Glue stick
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make a Seed Catalog Garden
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project then gather the materials needed for making the
garden. If you don't have any seed catalogs, check with neighbors
and family, or use magazines with pictures of flowers. For younger
children, you might also want to pre-cut the slots in the shoebox.
- Step 2: Cut Catalogs
Take your seed catalogs and have the kids cut out the flowers
that they like. For a vegetable garden, cut out vegetables and
This is the time to plan your garden. Do you want flowers of one
or two colors, or a full range of colors? What vegetables will you
- Step 3: Glue
Glue the cutouts onto craft sticks or popsicle sticks.
Tip: If the catalog paper is thin or flimsy, glue the
cutout to a scrap of white paper or cardstock before gluing it to
- Step 4: Cut Shoe Box
Decide whether you will use the top or the bottom of the shoe box
for your garden. Use the tips of your scissors to cut slits in the
shoe box. Make the slits slightly smaller than the width of the craft
stick, and arrange them in rows or randomly. Tip:
Start with just a few slits, and add more as you plant the
- Step 5: Plant Garden
To plant your garden, insert the sticks with the cutouts into the
slits. Arrange them anyway you like. Adjust the height of each plant by
how far you insert it into the shoe box. Try different arrangements.
Use your imagination. It's fun to plant and then harvest,
and plant again.
Tip: When you are done playing, store your
plants in the shoe box for another day of gardening fun!
That's it! Your garden it ready for planting!
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