Windowsill Gardens {Frugal Crafts}

by Jess on April 19, 2013

Windowsill-Gardens-ProjectWith Earth Day right around the corner, what could be a better way to celebrate than to create your own Windowsill Garden with your child?  If you live in a cooler part of the country this is a great way to  get ready for Summer and outdoor planting.  Herbs and grass are easily grown indoors with little care and make a great school vacation activity for little ones.  I know my daughters love to grow herbs and then utilize them in recipes and cooking.  Who knew that fresh basil on tomatoes was veen better when you helped in the growing process?

Windowsill-Gardens-ProjectMaterials Needed:

  • Seeds:  Basil, Dill, Cilantro and Chives are great ones and will sprout quickly.  Cat Grass is also easy and pretty on a windowsill when the sunlight is shining through
  • Potting Mix
  • Pots of your choice – we tend to use smaller ones, which are easier for little hands to manuever.


  1. First, let your child get dirty – it’s good for them!
  2. Lay out newspaper to cover your surface and in a bowl pour your potting mix in so that it’s accessible.
  3. Fill your pots/containers about 3/4 full with potting mix.
  4. Sprinkle seeds and cover with remaining potting mix.
  5. Lightly water and place in a sunny window.

Tips:  Children love taking care of plants and “cutting” their grass hair!  Encourage them to take care of their plants by getting them a misting bottle of their own.  I also let my daughters each keep a small plant in their room,  which helps increase the oxygen levels in the rooms and gives them pride that they are responsible for the health of a living thing!

Happy Earth Day!

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Jess left her job to pursue her dream: changing diapers, cleaning the house, doing dishes, getting tons of sticky kisses, teaching and exploring with her two girls on the New England coast. She enjoys sharing her life - crafting, creating, parenting, venting and cooking on her blog Barefoot by the Sea.

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