I can’t tell you how cool these little DIY seed pops and garden markers are. Such an easy craft and made even more fun with Cricut, too!
Seed Pops and Garden Markers
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, we are having so much fun this spring with all the best crafts. And a lot of the craft ideas I’ve had are for the garden. I just have to wait until the weather warms up a liiiiitle bit more and I’m going to be up to my elbows in dirt, earthworms and little bits of growing things. I can’t wait, so I went ahead and made these insanely fun DIY seed pops and garden markers, to get started.
They’re a dual-purpose craft, getting you a little seed-starter and some garden stakes to let you know what you’ve planted. Also perfect for the kiddo to plant – so I know where she planted it! So, if you’re ready to start digging in the dirt, too, let’s get started.
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Tips to Make this Spring Cricut Craft
- If you don’t want to use your Cricut or Silhouette, don’t fret! I just liked figuring out this neat function of writing on the popsicle sticks. But if that’s not your speed, just write your labels. No one is judging (right?!).
- When you’re de-molding your seed pops, be reeeeally gentle. The pops aren’t supposed to get hard – and that’s on purpose. You want the seeds to be able to break apart the dirt and clay mixture when the growing starts.
- To make these into adorable little gifts, which is a super-fun idea, if I do say so myself, you can wrap each seed pop in tissue paper and tie a little bow of twine on them. But don’t use colored tissue paper – or ribbon, unless you instruct your gift recipient to remove the colorful stuff before planting. The chemical colorants could introduce chemicals that kill the little plants, depending on what the colorant is.
How Do I Make this Seed Pops and Garden Markers?
I’m so glad you asked. Below is our written tutorial.
- Planting seeds
- Soil or compost (about 1/2 cup) • Craft sticks
- Bentonite clay (about 1/2 cup) • Water
- Tissue paper
- Ribbon or twine
- Circle or any shape silicon mold
- Cricut Maker
- Standard grip map
- Cricut compatible pen
- Painters tape
- Add 4 tablespoons of soil and 4 tablespoons of clay, and a small portion of seeds to a large mixing bowl. Be sure to add a reasonable amount of seeds to avoid over-crowding when the seeds begin to sprout.
- Slowly add water about 1 teaspoon at a time and stir until the mixture is the texture of play-dough. Set aside.
- If labeling the garden markers by hand, do so at this time. If you are using your Cricut, line up the craft sticks on the vertical line of the light grip mat for your Cricut, skipping a line between to help with text placement. Tape the craft sticks in place at the top and bottom, then move your Cricut's rollers to the far sides of the machine. Load the compatible pen into the Cricut, then set aside.
- In Cricut Design Space, type-out your text to label the seeds being planted. Measure your craft sticks and adjust the height and width of the text to fit. Select the typography and change the line type in the toolbar at the top of the screen to "draw".
- Select "Make It". When the mat preview screen comes up, select the snap mat feature. Line up the mat and when the screen turns green, it will snap a photo of the mat. Based on the photo, you can align the text on top and centered on the craft sticks.
- Select continue, change the material type to heavy chipboard and select "go".
- Fill the silicone mold cavities with the seed/soil/clay mixture, packing the mixture tightly, then smoothing the tops.
- Once the markers have finished in the Cricut, remove them from the mat and insert them in the mold cavities. Allow the seed pops to dry and harden for 24-48 hours, then gently remove them from the molds.
- To make these fun seed pops into gifts, wrap each pop in tissue paper and tie off with a twine bow.
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