Having discussed the decorating of Easter eggs in the last article, I am recently really getting into the Easter season and all the crafts which can be based around that, but as well as Easter itself, there is the whole season of Spring to consider. Spring is a time to celebrate new life, so it is a great time for getting involved with nature. I’m going to suggest some potential craft ideas that you can easily do to start enjoying nature, but which don’t take too long. The first craft, which will be the centre of this article, will involve gardening.
Going out into the garden for growing plants can be a lot of fun and very rewarding, as you have so much space to work with. However, it can also be a lot of hard work, and sometimes we simply don’t have enough time to take on a whole project like a garden flowerbed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy the excitement of having grown something ourselves. A really nice project is a houseplant, which can be grown from seeds or bulbs. There are so many to choose from, and you can get a great selection from your local garden centre or some DIY shops like B and Q. You should also buy some compost for planting your seeds in, and a flowerpot the right size for your plant. If you are unsure about growing your specific plant and the conditions it needs, you don’t have to worry as they will be specified on the packet of your seeds. When growing your plants inside, you also don’t have to worry so much about looking after them. You can control the conditions the plants are under so much better and there is no risk involved in changing weather as there is when planting outdoors. This makes house plants a great way of taking part in gardening for those with restricted time.
Gardening can be particularly rewarding when making use of the produce. Growing fruits and vegetables usually has to take place outdoors or in a greenhouse since they are quite demanding, but a simple edible thing to grow is cress. Also, it can form the centre of a fun craft. If you take a small pot, such as a used yoghurt pot, that you can grow your cress in and draw a face on it, then when the cress grows, it will look like hair growing on the pot’s head. You can also do this using an egg as the pot, since this has the perfect shape for a cress-head. This makes the task of looking after your cress all the more enjoyable and is a fun craft to do with the whole family. Furthermore, growing cress on a small scale does not even require compost. Use wet kitchen roll as a base layer, and then put some damp cotton wool on top of that. Then all you need to do is sprinkle your cress seeds over it and press them down a little. Eventually, if you leave the pot on a windowsill, where some sunlight can get to it, over the course of about a week, the cress should grow.
You can use your cress as a healthy and tasty addition to sandwiches or to eat on the side of a main meal as part of a salad. If you have more seeds, then you can reuse your head pot again and again, and enjoy watching the different hairstyles that your cress-head grows! This is a craft I did as a child and one that I love watching younger children do for the first time, so hopefully this classic spring craft goes on to be popular for many generations to come.
Image from: http://www.partyideasuk.co.uk/Portals/0/productimages/612_0596e.jpg