Need inspiration for low-cost, personal garden gifts that your friends and family will love? With a little creative thinking, you can easily make your own affordable presents.
1. Tin Can Herb Planters
Mini windowsill herb gardens are a favourite with just about everyone. To make these low cost gifts, save tin cans from your kitchen and reuse as cute container gardens.
Tutorial: Simply Healthy Fam
Punch drainage holes in the base of the tin can with a hammer and nail. Plant a herb seedling into a small pot filled with quality potting mix and put inside the tin can cachepot (outer decorative pot). This preserves the life of your metal container and avoids possible leaching of any chemicals into the soil. For non-edibles, you may choose to plant directly into the tin can.
Leave your pot plain or decorate the outside with non-toxic paint, hessian, ribbon, a splash of black chalkboard paint or write on the herb name. Add a tag with care instructions and your favourite herb recipe or tool. Download your free printable DIY Seed Packet Template now!
2. Herb Salt in Recycled Jars
If you have a few extra herbs in your garden why not dry them and make up some tasty herb salt in jars? This is such a quick and easy gift to make especially if you recycle your jars!
Tutorial @ Pure Grace Farms
Whether you use this gift idea or want to bottle up some surplus produce or herb tea, here’s a chemical-free way to get your jars clean.
3. DIY Plant Labels
Most gardeners love accessories for their toolkit. Plant markers are no exception. Making a set to give is quick, easy and low cost. Gather some flat shells or large smooth rocks and using non-toxic paint, add plant names. Embellish as creatively as you like. These practical plant labels double as garden art!
Via: August Wren
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4. Garden in a Box
One of the easiest gardens to give can be made in a repurposed polystyrene box. Many grocers give them away for free, avoiding landfill.
They make the perfect child’s garden and can be themed with edibles such as a Salad Bar (lettuce, radish and leafy salad greens); a Herb Garden (culinary or medicinal herbs) or Stir Fry Box (Asian vegies, coriander and spring onions). Follow my tutorial to make your own Instant Veggie Garden in a Box.
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5. Seed Tape
If you have saved seeds from your garden and have some to share, making seed tape is an easy way to sow some love in other people’s gardens.
Tutorial @ Givers Log
Seeds are ‘glued’ down one by one at regular intervals with a paste made from flour and water. Apply with an artist’s brush onto a thin strip of paper towel or toilet paper.
Add a tag or seed envelope with growing instructions. To plant, just roll out the amount of tape needed onto soil or seed raising mix, cover with more mix, water in and watch them grow!
6. Micro Garden in a Creative Container
Follow my easy tutorial to make your own creative planter.
7. Gardener’s Bucket Storage Seat
Tutorial via Ladybird Ln
Here’s another option if you’d rather paint it.
If you don’t want to make your own then consider a ready-made option like this Garden Bucket Caddy.
All Wrapped Up
Making your own personalised gift wrapping paper is so easy – especially if you get children involved! Hand drawn pictures can be a treasured memory for the recipient as well as the gift they are used to wrap.
Or use a knife to carve a pattern into the flat surface of a cut potato and dip these vegetable ‘stamps’ into non-toxic paint to create a unique print on a roll of paper. Pine cones, leaves, a sprig of fresh rosemary, pressed flowers or a cinnamon quill can be used to decorate gifts as a final touch. Perfect for homemade Christmas gifts or occasion.
Via Stephanie Lynn
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