It’s that time of year again, and we’ve found a fantastic tutorial so that you can build your own DIY seed starting rack!
Normally we purchase plants for our garden that have already been started from our local nursery, but this year, we decided to start our own! It’s been a great experience, and also educational for the kids to peek and see how much each seedling has grown every morning.
We did some research and decided to build our own seed starting rack from this tutorial at Old World Garden Farms. The tutorial is extremely easy to follow, and you end up with a great seed starting rack that is sturdy enough to use as shelving for cans or other items when it is not growing season. The rack is inexpensive to build, and even a beginner can figure it out. A couple of things we did learn through this process were: Don’t plant your seeds way too early (yeah, we did that), and check around for the most inexpensive shop lights you can find! We noticed that prices for lights vary quite a bit between stores, and when you need a lot of them the cost starts to add up.
We are loving the process of starting our plants from seeds, and plan to do it every year from now on. We love knowing where our plants are coming from, and growing them in a way we are comfortable with.
And yes, we are “keeping it classy” with those Red Solo Cups our tomatoes are growing in…. I have a post coming soon about ways to get pots for your seedlings at a more affordable price than the expensive home improvement stores. We used the cups as a last resort, but then found a great alternative that I can’t wait to share with you.
Since I am a mom of 2 littles, playdough is a pretty common thing in our home. I used to buy the expensive “Play-Doh,” until my mom gave me a couple of great simple playdough recipes. After making the first batch, I realized it was ridiculous I had spent so much money on the premade stuff. What is that stuff made of anyway?! It doesn’t even smell safe.
Now I make a healthier, safer alternative to store-bought Play-Doh that is safe for little ones.
Prep Time: 5 minutes.
Cook Time: 5 minutes.
1 Cup Flour
1 Cup Water
2 Teaspoons Cream of Tartar
1/3 Cup of Salt
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
Food Coloring/ Natural Coloring
Knead in Essential Oil for smell if preferred, after it is cooked (I love adding peppermint and lavender!)
Mix everything together in a sauce pan. If you are going to add food coloring, add it in as well. Cook over low-medium heat while stirring. After several minutes of stirring, the playdough will suddenly thicken. Keep stirring until no liquid is left. Take the pan off of the stove and let cool for a few minutes. All you have to do after that is knead it so it becomes a smooth dough. Then it is ready for smooshing and mashing, and all of that fun stuff! When the kiddos are done playing, I always store it in a baggie in the refrigerator so it lasts longer.
My mom also had a Peanut Butter Playdough recipe in the back of her old recipe book. She used to make this stuff when I was very little. It’s pretty great because you don’t actually have to cook anything and it only takes a couple of ingredients.
Peanut Butter Playdough
Prep Time: 5 minutes.
Cook Time: 0 minutes.
1 Cup Peanut Butter
1/2 Cup Honey
1 Cup Dry Milk Powder
Add all three ingredients together, and mix well until the playdough becomes the proper consistency. Store in a baggie in the refrigerator for future use. Easy peasy 🙂
Always remember that you have little helpers that will learn just as much from measuring and cooking their playdough with you, as they will playing with it once it’s finished!
I also have a Pinterest Board dedicated to Playdough Fun! All of the pins contain free printables for playdough mats. Click here to check them out: Free Playdough Mat Printables. I haven’t invested in a laminator yet, so I just use cheap plastic page protectors, and they work to protect the paper perfectly.