I saw this clever idea here, at Keep It Simple Sister LOVED IT!
It’s not new, though. There are tons of wedding sites that have fabulous pictures of this very idea. Urban Comfort did a cool one here. Even Martha’s done it, here. If you search “wheat grass centerpiece” images, you get tons of pictures of some really pretty and fancy ones.
(above picture from Urban Comfort)
(above picture from Intimate Weddings)
But, anyway, here’s my version. The kids and I planted it, kept it watered and gave it hair cuts. (they loved that job) I knew I had to do something cool with some of those extra wheat berries, from this project.
We used it as our Easter centerpiece. I liked it. I think it looked so pretty and fresh. We grew it in tea cups, on a plate and inside empty egg shells! And I stuck a few peeps around, why not?
I love any reason to break out the cake plates and egg cups. 🙂
How to grow your own centerpiece:
1. Soak your seeds in water for 24 hours.
2. If growing in soil….. put small rocks in the bottom of the container for drainage.
If growing on a paper towel…stack 3-4 thick, absorbent paper towels on top of each other and cut in a circular shape that will fit on your display plate. Wet the paper towels.
3. Soil version……fill the container (or egg shell) with soil, leaving a bit of space at the top. Spread the seeds on top of the soil. You want your grass to be dense, so the whole surface of your soil (or paper towel) should be covered with seeds, but they shouldn’t pile on top of each other. Now spread a thin layer of soil on top of the seeds.
Paper towel version…. same process, but without soil. They grow just the same, no soil needed! After you spread a dense layer of seeds on the wet paper towels, cover the seeds with 2-3 more wet paper towels. Wet the paper towels several times a day for the next two days. Don’t let your paper towels get dry, they should be thoroughly wet, but not so wet that there is excess water on the plate (drain the plate if you have excess water). When you see tiny white little sprouts, transfer your plate to a sunny place, but keep them under wet paper towels. Once you see green, remove the top paper towels, but continue to keep the grass wet.
(can you see the cute tiny white sprouts?)
4. Both versions: Water twice a day.
5. Within about 48 hours, you should see little green sprouts – very exciting!
6. Transfer your planters to a sunny spot (near a window) and keep the soil moist.
7. By day 10 you should have a very healthy crop of grass.
8. Give it a hair cut (the bird loved this part) and show it off.
I loved the egg shells as planters! I carefully cracked our eggs from the top and rinsed them out. I didn’t use any gravel in the bottom since eggs are porous. I thought Iris’s eggs were the most fun since they are already blue. Thanks Iris!
This was the drink table. Notice the fun chick feeder turned candy dish idea from this post. It works so well for Easter. And see those funny little bunnies? They’re egg holders that I made in Jr. High (from washcloths)! They were our Easter placecards and my mom saved a few. Good job mom! I guess I’ve always liked making decorations for holidays!
Cranberry Morning says
That is very pretty, bringing the fresh springtime indoors! Nice idea. I bet I’d have to keep it in a room that the cats can’t get to. LOL They chew on my spider plant as though it’s their evening salad!
Very cool idea, indeed! Love the addition of peeps to the top.:)
I absolutely LOVE the egg shell idea! I love how you incorporated both the eggs as planters and the “He is risen” sign in the centerpiece together to represent Easter!
This is also great for Cats to eat.