This year, decorate your Easter baskets with real grass! This project is so easy and inexpensive that you’ll wonder why you ever bothered with the fake stuff. Children (and everyone else in your family, too) will love watching wheatgrass grow in the windowsill as they count down to the Easter bunny’s arrival.
You Will Need
Wheatberries (wheat seeds) / plastic saucer or container / potting soil / plastic wrap / Easter basket or other decorative container.
Where to Find Wheat Seeds
Wheat seeds, known as wheat berries or wheatberries, are unprocessed wheat kernels used to make homemade flour or prepared and eaten like rice or quinoa. They can also be sprouted to grow wheatgrass, a popular, healthy ingredient in juice and smoothie recipes. It also makes great Easter grass! You can find wheat berries in health food stores and garden centers. Most carry two options: Hard red wheat or soft white wheat—both are suitable for this project.
Step 1: Soak the Wheat Berries
Fill a small dish of wheat berries with water and soak overnight.
Step 2: Prepare Your Saucer
Pick any plastic saucer or recycled container that will fit in your Easter basket (we cut the top off of a plastic cup) and fill with 1-2 inches of potting soil.
Step 3: Add the Wheat Seeds
Add a thin layer of wheatberries to your saucer, then spritz with water.
Step 4: Cover and Place in Windowsill
Cover the container with plastic wrap (this creates a humid environment that will help germinate the seeds) and place in a bright, sunny windowsill – if you don’t have a spot that gets full sun the project is still possible, it will just take longer. In ideal conditions, you should see the wheat seeds begin to sprout in 3-4 days. Once they do, remove the plastic wrap and let the grass continue to grow for 5-7 days or until desired height.
Step 5: Transfer to Container
When you’re happy with the height of your wheatgrass, place the saucer inside of your Easter basket or other decorative container of your choosing. Depending on the size of your basket, you may need to use pieces of crumpled newspaper or small pieces of floral foam to fill space between the container and the saucer to create a snug fit.
Step 6: Decorate!
Sky's the limit here: Outfit your living Easter basket with dyed eggs, candies and other festive decorations.
Your Easter basket is now ready for the whole family to enjoy!
After the holiday passes, you can continue using your Easter grass for spring decor; you can also "harvest" your wheatgrass and use it to create nutritious juice.