Fly Through Our Window

March2nd

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Last year I made some of these…

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And thought I’d show you the short steps to do so, in case you want grassy eggs by Easter. You should have plenty of time now if you start cracking.

First save your eggs. I cracked all of these by gently tapping around the upper middle portion of the egg with a knife so that my cracks could be clean.

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Then I filled each egg with potting soil. I watered my soil before putting it in the eggs. Sometimes potting soil doesn’t like to {or takes a while to} absorb water… so I prewatered it.

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And filled each egg a little over half way.

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The grass seed came from Wallyworld and I believe it was $3 {or you know how Mr. Walton is, maybe $2.97}.

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It’s mostly a blend of rye grasses, but if you can’t find it… here are the ingredients so you can find something similar.

Then I added a spoonful of grass to each egg.

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And then lightly watered the seeds {no need to cover the seeds with soil}.

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And put them in a sunny window sill, the dirtier the window, the better! And water about every other day.

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And then I waited… 2 weeks… and BAM, grass!

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Now, along the way you will have to do some mowing, because the grass can get a little out of control. Thank you to my fearless photography assistant who took this picture so I could hold the egg and cut at the same time.

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I think they’re fun in the carton or would be fun around the table in these precious chicken feet egg cups!

They hit their “prime” at 2 to 2.5 weeks. So if you want them to be beautiful at Easter, I would plant them between March 19th and March 22nd {no later than the 22nd} and you can plant them even a little earlier than this because my grass still looks okay and I planted mine February 11th… but at the 3 week mark it starts to look more scraggly and less lovely {my eggs will certainly have to be re-planted}. I also think it would be fun to plant it in a square low container and place dyed Easter eggs on it! The possibilities are endless… and you’ll have plenty of grass! This would be a great project to do with your kids… somehow I managed to pull it off solo.

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69 Comments

  • Comment by Holly — March 2, 2010 @ 8:32 am

    These are adorable! Thanks for the suggestion. Will post pictures (in a couple of weeks).

  • Comment by alison g. (brazil) — March 2, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    Don’t know if we’ll get to your cute little “grassies,” but I know cascarones will be on our Easter EGGenda! ;)

  • Comment by Katie — March 2, 2010 @ 8:44 am

    Wow! Cute projects Darby! You are such a fun mom!

  • Comment by Sarah@Clover Lane — March 2, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    Easy and fun. Thanks!

  • Comment by Kim Kosek — March 2, 2010 @ 9:10 am

    So stinkin’ cute! Kate will love doing this!

  • Comment by Susan — March 2, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    This is sooo cute! I am definitely going to do this!

  • Comment by jesslee — March 2, 2010 @ 9:16 am

    Great grasshoppers! That is so cool and would make the cutest placecard holders for Easter brunch!

  • Comment by Lisa @ lists in my pocket — March 2, 2010 @ 9:18 am

    I’m definitely going to try this! Thanks for the idea, I’ll let you know how they turn out. :)

  • Comment by Janna — March 2, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    I’m experimenting with growing some “living” Easter baskets right now, too. I’m using wheat grass seed. I’m also going to be creating a tutorial to grown “Hill of Calvary” in a terra cotta dish. You’re kids would probably love this. I’ll send a link when it’s posted.

  • Comment by natalie @ this old southern house — March 2, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    LOVE this! we start growing our peas and beans for our garden this way every year (in paper sitting inside egg cartons)…never thought about doing w/grass for decoration. fabulous!
    saw your sis’ article in my southern living this month–so exciting! my mother gets coastal living and we can’t wait for it to arrive either!

  • Comment by Hillary @ The Other Mama — March 2, 2010 @ 10:08 am

    SO adorable! And who does Sam Walton think he’s kidding with those 3 pennies, anyway? :-)

  • Comment by sarah — March 2, 2010 @ 10:10 am

    Such a great post, and fun craft. Beautiful photos as well.

  • Comment by alston — March 2, 2010 @ 10:15 am

    thanks for this! i always want to do this, but don’t think about it until there isn’t enough time. great title, too, btw!

  • Comment by Christina — March 2, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    I think I may try this too! Thanks!

  • Comment by abby — March 2, 2010 @ 10:39 am

    Love your little grass eggs!! So darn cute. I want to try this with my toddler for Easter.

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog! It’s my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE!!

  • Comment by Beth — March 2, 2010 @ 10:57 am

    We have a bag of rye grass out in the garage. I think I just found the perfect springtime project for it! Thanks, Darby!

  • Comment by kendall boggs — March 2, 2010 @ 11:05 am

    Darling!!!! I’m gonna try and post my hand blown decorated easter eggs if I can get my act together before my Solo art show! You are AMAZING girly!!!

  • Comment by Jen — March 2, 2010 @ 11:11 am

    Love the idea of the grass in a square pot with the easter eggs in them.. Think I might try… good little centerpiece for the table! thanks for sharing

  • Comment by Shannon — March 2, 2010 @ 11:16 am

    Oh this is so cute! I could use a bit of green up here in New England – help me get through until spring! Thanks for sharing!

  • Comment by Janna — March 2, 2010 @ 11:19 am

    SO FUN! I am doing that next year with my boys for sure (not this year, because they’re probably still too young to appreciate help.)

  • Comment by Christy — March 2, 2010 @ 11:35 am

    Funny & timely. I just pulled out my grass seed that I bought last year (after you mentioned it). I planted some in an old soup tureen from Goodwill & wondered if you would be re-posting this idea again this year. I love it! The little grass eggs would be totally cute in egg cups with a little name sign for place cards too! Might have to try that too. Thx Darby!

  • Comment by Ashley H. — March 2, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

    GREAT idea!! so fun:) thanks for sharing!

  • Comment by Aura — March 2, 2010 @ 12:26 pm

    I have been saving my egg shells for this exact reason! I’m just lining them up on the windowsill, while they wait for their seeds.

  • Comment by mommasis — March 2, 2010 @ 12:37 pm

    how did i miss 2 posts! What a treat for my eyes! I hope Raiger feels better today! Love these grass eggs AND I LOVE YOU!
    XO
    MSissy

  • Comment by Katie — March 2, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

    What a cute idea! It’s a homegrown Chia!

  • Comment by Meredith — March 2, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

    Those are really cute!
    This is totally off topic, but I am curious…have you remodeled the rest of your bathrooms. I loved the orange bathroom remodel so much that I am curious to see the rest of them!

  • Comment by Melanie Gore — March 2, 2010 @ 3:19 pm

    That is so cute. Love that idea!

  • Comment by andi — March 2, 2010 @ 4:04 pm

    I am going to do this with my class and for home. :)

  • Comment by Katie — March 2, 2010 @ 4:45 pm

    This is so cuh-ute… I am definitely doing this. Thanks!

  • Comment by Rachel Ridd — March 2, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

    I love this! And I love how inexpensive it is :) It’s great to be able to reuse things

  • Comment by Jenn — March 2, 2010 @ 6:21 pm

    These are adorable! What a cute idea. I can’t wait for spring!!

  • Comment by Denise — March 2, 2010 @ 7:08 pm

    I just had to take the time to tell you how much I enjoy your blog.My daughter told me about it…telling me it was her all time favorite blog. I used to only read hers and now I can’t wait to read yours. What a wonderful and beautiful family you have. I am the proud grandmother of a beautiful little 14 mo. old girl…she is the sunshine in my day. My husband and I are so blessed to be able to keep her for my daughter to work(she is a teacher) My daughter so reminds me of you…always so creative, whether it be cooking, decorating(they live in an old historic home), sewing or knitting. God has definately blessed her with many talents. I also feel so uplifted reading about your love for the Lord…what a witness you are! I just wanted you to know what a blessing you are to all your readers. Have a wonderful day!

  • Comment by Cait — March 2, 2010 @ 8:52 pm

    So cute! :) We grow grass this way in little containers sometimes in my class. I have never thought of using this idea to decorate for Spring. What fun! Thanks for the adorable inspiration!

  • Comment by Jennifer — March 2, 2010 @ 9:30 pm

    Yay! Something that I can do to “be a Darby”! :)

  • Comment by Kelly@TearingUpHouses — March 2, 2010 @ 10:27 pm

    Aren’t those fun?! I love how you show to water them with a ketchup bottle, because the whole time I was thinking, ‘I’d TOTALLY ruin those watering them under the faucet.’ Duh.

    Kelly

  • Comment by tonja — March 3, 2010 @ 9:12 am

    Hi Darby,

    I have also lined an ole Easter basket, and planted it with grass. Make a cute centerpiece OR a nice, cushy place to put egg when hunting!

  • Comment by Dana — March 3, 2010 @ 11:49 am

    I have to tell you that yoru blog inspires me to first and foremost…love the Lord and spend more time with him, 2nd to enjoy my children and let them be little and silly, and 3rd BE CREATIVE! Can’t wait to plant my grass! I think I will use dyed eggs!
    Thank you for your (almost) daily inspiration.

  • Comment by Lauren — March 3, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

    I absolutely love reading your blog! You bring laughs when I feel like they are no where to be found. I know you’re a believer and I am begging for your prayers. I am 22 weeks pregnant today (with our 3rd child) and my water broke at 13 weeks. We had an appointment yesterday that didn’t go very well … and have been given the option of doing an amnioinfusion to try and help Reagan’s lungs develop and to help her precious body be able to move around (right now she is literally being squished). This procedure is very risky … yet I can’t imagine not doing it and always wondering “what if??” I am begging for your prayers on behalf of our baby girl, Reagan Grace. The procedure is scheduled for tomorrow at 11:30 (CA time) and your prayers would mean the absolute world to me. Reagan was a twin … we lost her twin at 12 weeks. We are believing God for a miracle … she already is such a miracle!!! Thank you from the bottom of my heart …

  • Comment by Ellen — March 3, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

    This is such a great idea, and it has inspired me for Easter! I am a youth and children’s minister in Memphis, and I have been looking for a creative project for the kids to do so mark our growth on the journey towards the mystery of Easter. This week, we’re reading the parable of the fig tree, and we’re going to start our eggs so we can watch the grass grow over time with the careful distribution of water, sunlight, and pruning…which is how our hearts work, too. I’m super excited about it, and I know the kids will love it as well! Thank you so much for your creative ideas!

  • Comment by Cousin — March 3, 2010 @ 4:27 pm

    So cute! Love the pics of the little Rovers on the previous post! So precious! And I love the disclaimer about the little Rover and the fence, so funny. Love and miss you!!

  • Comment by Mindy — March 3, 2010 @ 6:43 pm

    SO stinkin cute! I am going to try those!

  • Comment by pam — March 3, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    That is the cutest idea ever!

  • Comment by Nanny — March 3, 2010 @ 8:58 pm

    what a great idea and wonderful pictures!!!!

  • Comment by Susan — March 3, 2010 @ 9:16 pm

    The Tree & Apples was HILARIOUS, and obviously comment worthy! I was on Reader just in time to see it. I always wanted a sister (I have a younger bro) just for silliness like that! Thanks for sharing, even though it was brief.

  • Comment by Kathie — March 3, 2010 @ 9:31 pm

    Had eggs for lunch and I have my first two for my Easter grass. Wish I had more people eating eggs:-)

  • Comment by Kathie — March 3, 2010 @ 9:38 pm

    Lauren,
    I am praying for little Reagan Grace. My Mom, whose name was Grace died Jan 23rd at 93 years. I would love to know a Grace is out there to carrry on her Christian witness. Please keep us updated. I also live in CA

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  • Comment by claire — March 3, 2010 @ 9:49 pm

    The back cover of the shopping magazine “Chasing Fireflies” shows these…and they did something extra cute. They painted a little bunny face on the egg (a skinny pink and brown sharpee would work)and then tied two little ribbons around the grass…so it looks like bunny ears! CUTE!

  • Comment by katherinemarie — March 4, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    FANTASTIC! A little family of chi pets!

  • Comment by kristen — March 4, 2010 @ 3:29 pm

    oooh i have lots of rye grass seeds…getting on this (but maybe not with eggs)…but i’m going to do something with them for sure! thanks for the tips

  • Comment by Katherine — March 5, 2010 @ 5:26 pm

    Darby,

    Random question – Where did you get the spoon that is in the picture scooping seeds? I love it! I need a new set of stainless!

    Thanks! I love your blog!

  • Comment by Lola — March 19, 2010 @ 4:44 pm

    I love it! I’m going to try it!

  • Comment by Janna — March 22, 2010 @ 9:50 am

    Hi Darby, You might be interested in using some of you grass seed to make one of these with your kiddos.

    http://mustardseeds.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/03/tutorial-hill-of-calvary.html

    Happy Easter!

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  • Comment by Steff — March 24, 2010 @ 7:54 am

    Hi Darby! First time commentor. Just wanted to tell you that I LOVE your blog and LOVE this idea. I tried it out myself…Hoping to have grass by Easter!

    Thanks for sharing!

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    muy divertido y super original gracias por compartirlo ♥ seguramente lo voy a hacer jejej

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