Countdown to Summer DIYs

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  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
  • (4) Four 2”x2” Square Dowels (cut lengths will depend on size of suitcase)
  • Vintage Suitcase (or one that looks vintage)
  • Screwdriver or Screw Gun
  • 1” Drywall Screws
  • 4 Folding Leg Brackets
  • Fabric Gift Bags (assorted colors and sizes)
  • Plastic Cups, Cutlery, Plates, etc. – service for four
  • Velcro Dots
  • Nylon Strap Cord or similar straps
  • Scissors


1. If suitcase only opens up 90 degrees, remove hinges and add narrow hinges.
2. Measure the space that you have for your legs.
3. Cut legs depending on size of suitcase.
4. Attach one side to the folding leg bracket. Do this for all four legs.
5. Take the leg bracket and attach it to the inside of the suitcase. Screw in place. You may want to add a little hot glue to make sure they are sturdy.
6. Assure that all the legs fit inside the suitcase when closed.
7. Take gift bags, Velcro and straps, and start attaching them to the inside of both sides of your suitcase. These will hold plates, cups, cutlery, etc. Make sure to figure out layout before gluing and attaching.
8. Fill with goodies and enjoy your new DIY Suitcase Picnic Table!

1. Using vintage suitcases (or even decorative ones) are essential because they are made of wood, thus it is easier to drill and screw into them than a regular suitcase.
2. Using a vintage suitcase, you will find that they usually come with a hinge on the side. If yours does, remove that mechanism. The new decorative suitcases, however, do not fold all the way open, so take off the hinges and add a narrow hinge instead.
3. If you buy the 2”x2” at the hardware store, they will cut the wood for you.

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1. Rose Quartz Heart Facial Sephora, $58.
2. Nelly Du Vuyst Exfoliating Sponge $15.90,
3. Zen Toes Moisturizing Heel Socks, Packet Of 2, $11.39
4. Ouai (Way) After Sun Body Soother $25,

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Directions for Watermelon

1. Cut green strip
2. Cut out teardrop shape for seeds
3. Peel backing apply green to one edge of the red and trim excess.
4. Apply seeds to red center.

Directions for Flag

1. Cut out red striped approx 1.5-2” wide
2. Use a star cutter to cut out stars or a stencil.
3. Peel backing and apply the white stars to the blue part of the ball.
4. Peel backing and apply red stripes to the white part of the ball
5. Trim red to size

Directions for Words

1. print out your phrase.
2. Tape it to the front of the vinyl and cut out with an exacto. Then peel backing and apply.

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Materials for Summer Scalp Detox

  • 1 1/2 TBSP Sea Salt
  • 1 TBSP Olive oil
  • Dollop of shampoo

Materials for Detoxifying Clay Mask

  • 1/4 C Bentonite clay
  • 1/4 C Green tea
  • 1 TBSP Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 TSP Argan oil

Materials for Honey and Cinnamon Scalp Treatment

  • 1 1/2 TBSP Honey
  • 1/2 TBSP Cinnamon
  • 1 TBSP Almond oil
  • 15 Drops of Rosemary essential oil
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Directions for Summer Scalp Detox

1. Mix all together. Apply to hair like you would shampoo. Give a good scrub. Rinse.

Directions for Detoxifying Clay Mask

1 Mix Together. Apply to Hair. Leave on for 15 Mins.

Directions for Scalp Treatment

*Mix Together. Apply to Hair. Leave on for 15 Mins.

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Materials for Lemon Placemat

  • Round placemat
  • Felt (yellow and white)
  • Compass (or anything round ie. bowl)
  • Hot glue gun/ glue (Optional: Use Fabri-Tac if machine washing)
  • Washi tape
  • Paper
  • Scissors

Materials for Watermelon Placemat

  • Round placemat
  • Felt (dark and light green, dark and light pink, black)
  • Compass (or anything round ie. bowl)
  • Hot glue gun/ glue (Optional: Use Fabri-Tac if machine washing)
  • Scissors
  • Optional: green paint to add more details
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Directions for Lemon Placemat

1. Start with a bare and round placemat. You want to work on a place mat, so you have some structure and sturdiness, and don’t just have a flimsy placemat.

2. Cut out yellow felt circle, using your placemat as a template. Hot glue the yellow felt onto the placemat.

3. Use a compass (or anything that will create a perfect circle) to draw a circle on the white felt, creating a circle that will leave a 1 inch border of the yellow felt. Hot glue the white felt to the yellow felt.

4. Use tape to divide your circle into 8 equal wedges. Using the wedge as a guide, cut out a smaller wedge using paper. Use this as a guide to create 8 equal sized wedges. Hot glue edges in designated areas.

5. Follow these same instructions to make an orange, lime, or grapefruit placemat. Just switch out the yellow felt with the color of the citrus fruit you want.

Directions for Watermelon Placemats

1. Start with bare and round placemat.
2. Cut out green felt circle, using your placemat as a template. Hot glue the green felt onto the placemat.
3. Use a compass (or anything that will create a perfect circle) to draw a circle on the lighter green felt, creating a circle that will leave a 1 inch border on the dark green felt. Hot glue the light green circle in the center of the dark green circle.
4. Follow this same process to cut out a smaller light pink felt circle and even smaller dark pink felt circle. Hot glue the light pink circle in the center of the light green, then the dark pink in the center of the light pink circle. There should only be a very small amount of the light pink showing, to replicate the rind of the watermelon.
5. Cut out black felt in the shape of seeds and hot glue all over the dark pink circle.
6. Optional: Go back in with green paint and create lines to replicate the outside of the watermelon rind.

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  • Wood dresser
  • Screws/Drill (we used 1 ½ in. screws)
  • Screw Driver
  • Plywood board (Cut to fit the back of the dresser)
  • Two 1x3’s (Cut to fit the length of your three drawers combined)
  • Wood Plank (Cut to the length and width of the dresser’s bottom/legs)
  • Play Sand
  • Optional: Paint, Vinyl Stickers, Stencil
  • Optional: Scrap wood and Wood Glue
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1. Take the drawers out of the dresser and dismantle all the hardware from inside the dresser. Set the drawers aside (we’ll use these later.) Make sure there are not any sharp pieces of hardware left inside of the dresser.

2. Cut a plywood board to fit the size of the back of the dresser. This will create a stronger “base” for your sand. This is especially important if the back of your dresser is made of particle board, since that could break apart with the moisture of the sand.

3. Lay the dresser on its back and drop the board inside. You don’t need to screw it into place, since the weight of the sand will hold it.

4. Lay your wooden plank across the bottom legs and base of the dresser. Screw it in using four screws - this creates a sitting area on the side of the sandbox.

5. Remove the front of each of the drawers, leaving just the face of the drawer and the knobs. Place them face down and screw in two 1x3’s across the back to hold them together. (This will become the lid of the sandbox.)

6. Paint the entire sandbox as you like! You can hand paint it, stick on vinyl stickers or use a stencil to create designs.

7. Optional: If you have a few pieces of scrap wood leftover, you can glue them together to create a juice box holder!

8. Once everything is dry, fill the sandbox with play sand and toys and have fun!

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  • T shirts
  • Fab- Tac Glue
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Embroidery Tulle
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  1. Cut Shirt away from neckline
  2. Cut a V shape
  3. Flip shirt inside out
  4. Lay out embroidery
  5. Once you have placement final add glue and allow to dry
  6. Cut off excess Tulle
  7. Wear and enjoy

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  • 100% Cotton Fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Beeswax Chips
  • Jojoba oil
  • Oven
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Brush or spatula to spread melted fax
  • Buttons & yarn (optional)
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1. First cut out the shapes that suit best for your snacks or leftovers

2. Place some beeswax in a bowl & pour some jojoba oil on top & mix up

3. Place some parchment paper onto a baking sheet & then place your fabric on top

4. Start to sprinkle your beeswax covered in jojoba oil over the fabric

5. Put in the oven at 250 - 275 for 8-10 minutes or until it gets melty

6. Pull it out & just wave it around to dry. Lay down to dry completely

7. Add buttons or yarn if you’d like, for a nice finish!

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  • 1x2 wood planks (length is equal to the depth of the dresser shelf)
  • 1x3 wood planks (length is equal to the length of the dresser shelf)
  • (*Multiply the previous by how many shelves you want)
  • Wooden boards cut to the size of your existing shelf
  • Drill & Screws
  • 2 - ¾ in. end trim pieces
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1. Remove doors from dresser
2. Add 1x2’s to the outer sides of the cabinets above and below current shelf to create 2 additional shelves
3. Using existing shelf as a template, cut two new shelves out of the wooden boards
4. Cut 1x3’s to length of shelf, two per shelf
5. Measure and cut small scallops on the front 1x3, roughly the size of your wine bottle necks
6. Measure and cut wider scallops on the back 1x3, roughly the size of the base of your bottles
7. Paint wine holders and shelves the same color
8. Attach small scallops to front of shelves with screws
9. Attach wide scallops to back of shelves with screws
10. Insert shelves into cabinet
11. Add ¾ in. trim to front edges of cabinet to cover old hinges

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  • Old Chandelier
  • Small Ramekins (1 per arm of chandelier)
  • Wire Cutters (and pliers - to strip away wires and components)
  • Sandpaper
  • Cleaning Wipes
  • Spray Paint in a Light Green (for Chandelier) and Yellow (for Ramekins) - or color of your choice
  • Acrylic Paint in an Assortment of Colors (dark green, red, pink, orange)
  • Heavy Duty Adhesive (Like Liquid Nails or E6000)
  • Hot Glue Gun/Glue Sticks
  • Small Wooden Rounds (if necessary)
  • Decorative Stickers or Paint for embellishment on ramekins
  • Sponge to add textured paint to Chandelier (if wanted)
  • Rope, Chain or Bailing Wire for Hanging
  • Optional: Shepherd Hook for Lawn (if not hanging from porch or tree)
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1. Disassemble the chandelier. You will need to use wire cutters to remove the wire from the chandelier cup, and possibly pliers to remove light components.
2. Remove any glass.
3. Since the ramekin cups need to be right-side up, determine if you need to turn the chandelier over or use as is.
4. Use sandpaper if necessary to remove any rust or corrosion. If using a new chandelier, use sandpaper to create texture for paint to stick to.
5. Clean the chandelier with wipe or sponge.
6. Paint the entire chandelier green (or color of choice) and set aside to dry.
7. Paint the bottom of the ramekins bright yellow (or color of choice) and set aside to dry.
Note: Do not paint the inside of the cup (where the birds will eat from).
8. Once all of the items are dry, use liquid nails to set the ramekins in the chandelier cups. Use hot glue to help set up quickly.
a. Note: Use small wooden rounds if needed to create flat gluing surface. (if necessary)
9. Add darker paint with sponge for texture (if wanted)
10. Hang your bird feeder on a shepherd hook (or from a tree, or your porch).
11. Fill each ramekin with birdseed.
12. Enjoy all of your new favorite backyard visitors.

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Materials for DIY Lavender Solid Perfume

  • 2 tbsp of wax pellets
  • 2 tbsp of carrier oil (your choice)
  • 20 drops lavender essential Oil
  • Dried lavender
  • Tin Container

Materials for Hibiscus Blush

  • Hibiscus Powder
  • Arrowroot Powder

Materials for DIY Rose Body Scrub

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops of rosehip oil
  • 15 drops rose essential oil
  • 1 cup rose petals

Directions for Lavender Solid Perfume

1. Melt wax pellets and carrier oil in double boiler until liquids
2. Take off heat and add essential oil and dried lavender
3. Pour into tin, and let harden.

Directions for Hibiscus Blush

1. Mix together hibiscus and arrowroot powder until you get desired shade.
2. Apply to checks with brush.

Directions for Rose Body Scrub

1. Mix together using a food processor.

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  • Chamomile Tea
  • Vanilla Essential Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Distilled Water


1. Steep chamomile tea bag in one cup water for one hour
2. Fill bottle ¾ full with the cooled tea
3. Add 2-3 drops vanilla essential oil
4. Add 2 drops of jojoba oil
5. Top off with distilled water

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  • Bike
  • Craft paper
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Laces or Paracord
  • Grommet Kit
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1. Place craft paper over rear wheel of bicycle
2. Use crayons to mark center and ends of wheel
3. Connect dots/marks to create pattern for skirt guard
4. Cut out pattern from craft paper
5. Use pattern to cut out fabric for skirt guard
6. Using a grommet tool kit, insert approximately 10 grommets on top and 3 across the bottom
7. Place skirt guard over wheel and begin to secure with laces, paracord, or bungee cord
8. Burn off edges so they don’t fray
9. Enjoy and ride your bike!

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Ingredients for Sweet Raspberry Lip Balm

  • 10 fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup shea butter

Ingredients for Peppermint Oil Balm

  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup shea butter
  • 5 drops of vitamin E
  • Peppermint Oil

Ingredients for Honey Lip Balm

  • 1/4 cup beeswax
  • 1/8 cup coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup shea butter
  • 2 tsp acacia honey

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Directions for Sweet Raspberry Lip Balm

1. Cut the edge of beeswax block off into slivers (using a sharp, heavy knife), until you have 1/4 cup.
2. In a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup or a small pot, combine the beeswax slivers, coconut oil and shea butter... Microwave for 1 minute, stir until everything is melted together. (If using a pot, put over low heat and stir continuously until melted.
3. Put raspberries in a one cup pyrex glass. Add a splash of water.
4. Microwave on high for 20 seconds.
5. Remove and strain by pressing the raspberries through a sieve.
6. Set aside the raspberry juice and discard the pulp.
7. Stir in the raspberry juice and whisk. Blend ingredients together. (The raspberry juice tends to separate from the rest of the liquid, but as it begins cooling it will blend better. Do not allow it to cool too much as the balm will set and stick to the sides of the measuring cup and become difficult to pour.)
8. Pour the balm into holder. Set aside to cool.

Directions for Peppermint Oil Balm

1. Cut the edge of beeswax block off into slivers (using a sharp, heavy knife), until you have 1/4 cup.
2. In a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup or a small pot, combine the beeswax slivers, coconut oil and shea butter... Microwave for 1 minute, stir until everything is melted together. (If using a pot, put over low heat and stir continuously until melted.
3. Add a Teaspoon of vitamin E.
4. And a few drops of peppermint oil.
5. Pop back in for 10 sec until everything is melted and STIR.
6. Pour balm into holders. Set aside to cool.

Directions for Honey Lip Balm

1. Cut the edge of beeswax block off into slivers (using a sharp, heavy knife), until you have 1/4 cup.
2. In a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup or a small pot, combine the beeswax slivers, coconut oil and shea butter and honey... Microwave for 1 minute, stir until everything is melted together. (If using a pot, put over low heat and stir continuously until melted.
3. Stir in crushed rose petals. Stir together to blend.
4. Pour the balm into each plastic container, set aside to cool and firm

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  • Balsa wood
  • Hot glue
  • Xacto knife
  • Ruler
  • Salt & pepper shakers
  • Mustard & ketchup bottles
  • Craft mat


1. Create your balsa wood pieces using the provided template.
2. Trace the outlines onto your wood & then cut out with an Xacto knife (be sure to do this on top of a craft mat).
3. Once that is done it is time to hot glue your pieces together. Start with the base of your tabletop. Lay out the 2 3 ½ inch pieces & then take the 3 smaller pieces & add them on top creating the look of a real picnic table.
4. Take the condiments your using & trace them on top to create your holder opening & cut out with an Xacto knife.
5. Next turn tabletop over & add the side/legs to the top of the table base, secure with hot glue.
6. Then you take your 2 brace pieces & glue on them to the outside of the legs.
7. Next, it’s time to glue in your bench pieces (do 2 on each side) & attach them to your support brace.
8. Then you need to add in your brace for all condiments. Glue the smallest brace piece to the longer one to create your last beam. Do that 3 times. Then glue that horizontally on the inside of your table.
9. Place your condiments in & enjoy!

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  • Plywood board
  • Round plaques
  • Dowels
  • Drill w/ forstner bit (same size as your dowel)
  • Tape
  • Craft foam
  • Glue
  • Wooden balls
  • Paint
  • Pencil
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1. Start with plywood board. Measure the center of the board and mark it with a pencil.
2. Line up the wood plaques across the board and mark where you want each of them to go. (we spaced them out, 2 inches in between).
3. Find the center point of each place marked on the plywood board.
4. Drill holes for the dowels, only partly through the plywood board.
5. Next, drill holes all the way through the center of the plaques.
6. Put glue and dowels into the partial holes between the plywood board and the plaques.
7. Glue the wooden balls into the holes in the center of the plaques as the “nose.”
8. Paint the entire thing one solid color of your choosing
9. Cut simplified facial features out of the craft foam. (don’t cut any hair or hat pieces wider than the glass frames, as this will make it more difficult to put the glasses on)
10. Glue the faces on and let dry.
11. Store your glasses on these fun faces!

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  • 1 quilt
  • sewing machine
  • fabric scissors
  • Fabric glue (Fabri-Tac works well) chalk or tape 
  • pom-pom trim


1. Measure your quilt to decide which way you should cut the fabric. You want to get as many 12x18 pieces as possible.

2. Draw lines on quilt with chalk or tape them off. Use a see-thru quilting ruler for accuracy.

3. Cut fabric. With a sewing machine, close seams with a zigzag stitch, using the “zigzag” setting on your machine. Sew all edges.

4. Take you pom-pom trim and glue strips around the placemat to make a border.

5. Use extra fabric glue around any frayed edges to seal in the frays and to prevent future fraying.

*Purchase plastic placemat sleeves to protect quilted placemats, if desired.

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  • Ladder
  • L Bracket Supports
  • Drill
  • Sandpaper or sander
  • Paint brush
  • Paint
  • Polyurethane
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1. First thing you want to do is take apart your ladder to separate one side from the other because you are only going to use one side. Unscrew all the bolts that connect the two

2. Once that’s done you will sand down the wood either with sandpaper or a sander using 220 paper. Either one works fine

3. Next use a dry brush technique with your paint of choice

4. Then apply polyurethane for a finish

5. Let dry

6. It’s time to attach the supports that the ladder will lay on to the wall.

7. Depending on the size of your ladder will determine the amount of supports you’ll need to drill into the wall. Use a bracket on either side & be sure to line it up so the step can lay on top of the bracket. Then drill the brackets in

8. When your ladder is dry lay it down on top of the supports

9. Mark where you’d like to screw bolt the ladder into the wall for extra support, then drill into the ladder

10. Last but not least all you need to do it decorate it & hang your favorite pieces or whatever you’d like!

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Materials for Table

  • 4"x4" posts
  • Plywood
  • 1"x2" Wood strips
  • Screws
  • Screw gun/drill
  • Drill & drill bit
  • Jigsaw
  • Wood glue
  • Wicker basket
  • Cat toys
  • Pencil
  • Sand paper
  • Optional: Paint/Stain

Materials for Cat Grass

  • 6, drip free pots (clay or ceramic with drip catchers and waterproof liners)
  • Potting soil
  • Cat grass seeds
  • Water
  • Plastic bag
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Instructions for table:

1. Measure the space that you have for your tabletop cat garden. This will determine how many pots you can add.

2. Have your hardware store cut the plywood, 4”x4”s, and 1”x2”s to your desired length.

3. Set up your 4”x4”s on each corner where your plywood would be. Add wood glue to the top of the 4”x4”. Have a friend help you set the plywood on all four 4”x4”s and help you hold them underneath the plywood while you screw them in place.

4. On your plywood top, take your clay pots and draw a circle around them in pencil to mark where they need to go. This will be your outline and guide for the hole that you need to cut with your jigsaw.

5. Using a drill with a large drill bit, drill into one of the circles to create a starting point for your jigsaw.

6. Start your jigsaw inside your drilled hole and begin cutting out the circle that will hold the pot. (Cut the circle about ½ inch smaller than your template.)

7. Continue this same method until all of your holes are cut.

8. For the wicker basket in the middle, do the same technique. Lay it on the table and trace it with a pencil. Then drill out the hole for the basket. Keep in mind that you want to do this hole a little smaller than the basket. Since the kitties will be laying in here, you want to make sure that it won’t fall through.

9. Add pieces of 1”x2” around the top of the plywood to give it a finished look. Use wood glue to hold it in place. Add a couple of screws to keep it in place while the wood glue dries. (Note: You could also use a nail gun if you would prefer.)

10. OPTIONAL: Paint or stain your structure. Try to match the area that you will be putting the table top garden. This step will be personal to your own home.


1. Find a wicker basket with a large rim. That way, it will hold the basket in place while it is filled with kitties. (For instance, my cat Eros is 20 pounds – you want to make sure that the basket is sturdy and won’t fall under that amount of weight!)

2. Make sure you sand down any cut sides of the wood that may be rough. You don’t want kitten paws getting splinters!

3. RANDOM tip…did you know that catnip is also good for humans? Catnip tea's biggest health benefit is the calming effect that it can have on the body. Catnip contains nepetalactone, which is similar to the valepotriates found in a commonly used herbal sedative, valerian. This can improve relaxation, which may boost mood and reduce anxiety, restlessness, and nervousness. (If we want to share this at all, we can just say that it reduces anxiety and promotes relaxation.)

Instructions for cat grass:

1. Fill a small plastic pot 2/3 with potting soil and spray to moisten slightly

2. Spread the cat grass seeds on soil, densely to cover soil, but not too thickly.

3. Add a shallow layer of potting soil over the seeds, water, and cover loosely with plastic bag

4. Set indoors or outside in bright spot but no direct sun. (Make sure the soil does not dry completely).

5. Remove plastic bag in 2 days when you see seeds sprouting, keep moist

6. Grass will grow very quickly in next few days and when it's about 6"-inches tall,

7. Transfer to 6inch clay pots in table

· Your cat grass will be fresh for about 2 weeks or until the grass starts to yellow.
· If your cats love cat grass, start new plants every 5 days so you have a steady supply!
· *Buy bulk seed for wheatgrass or oat grass in farm store for best prices!

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