Sep 15, 2012

Grass in a CD Case – Living Art

I’m continuing my plant experiments in CD cases. An earlier bean seed grew too fat, so I thought I’d try some thin grass.
1. I started with just a couple spoonfuls of house plant soil soaked in enough water to get it really wet. I hand squeezed it and spread it out in the bottom of an open CD case (the original 1/4" thick ones).
2. About a teaspoon of grass seeds were spread near the top edge. The case was closed, wrapped in a rubber band to keep shut, and set in a window.
3. Fuzzy little seeds were showing in 2 or 3 days, and the grass a few days after that. The soil stays wet for a long time, but if it appears to be dry, the lid can carefully be lifted and water sprinkled inside.
4. Paint markers were used for drawing tiny little lady bugs. I printed out my message, taped it inside and traced it so my writing would be nice and neat. 

17 comments:

Miss Foote said...

I so want to know how this goes. I have tons of cd cases!

Laurie
Chickadee Jubilee

Kathy Barbro said...

Thanks Miss Foote,

Nothing like a nice long weekend to keep experimenting. Hope you like the posting update...

Elizabeth - Dream Painters said...

Real 'happening' art - great idea! There are so many things you could potentially do with this... thanks for another wonderful post! :)

Mrs. C said...

I love this! :)

jennebeker said...

I love this! I wish I hadn't just gotten rid of our old CD cases. Now I'll have to look around.

Andrea Ream Ellwood said...

What a great idea that fully utilizes cross curricular connections. These will be gifts that the students will be giving eventually?

Kathy Barbro said...

Thanks Andrea,
I'm thinking maybe Mother's Day with a “my love grows for you” and a pretty red ribbon. Not sure if I can wait that long to do this though...

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Awesome idea! Love it! going out to get grass seeds tomorrow!

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Maureen said...

Definitely will be trying this - thanks for sharing your idea.

Kara said...

I am so excited I found this. What a great "green" project. And even better, the kids can really see how the growing process works. Thank you for posting this. I just came across your site today and I love it. Thank you for sharing all of these great ideas.

Kate Fitz said...

This is so brilliant! Thank you for sharing this! Just one question: do they still get enough air inside the CD case? How long would they last?

Kathy Barbro said...

The grass gets air as there is an opening at the top. I found the grass to sprout in about 3 days, fill the case in about 5, and last for a couple of weeks. If the dirt gets dry, just lift the opening and sprinkle water on it. I'm going to try it with almost the whole school next week for Mother's Day.

Aaliyah Owens said...

I will definitely try this craft at home. This will perfectly fit my garden inspired room!

Nimrud Hall said...

I suddenly had a crazy idea after this. What if this could be done to a desk or table? It may sound impractical, but hey, it's pretty impressive when you think about it.

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