How to Grow a Magic Bean in an Egg Carton

Growing plants from seeds, or magic beans, in advance of planting them in your garden has several benefits.  You can start  them indoors in the early spring before your garden soil has warmed up, and therefore get a head start on the growing season. When you are looking for a pot plant to plant your magic beans or flowering seeds, there is no need to spend lots of money on a fancy container. Egg cartons made from pressed paper or cardboard are perfect for this because each individual egg cup in the egg carton is the perfect size for starting a seed. Additionally, the entire egg cup can be buried in the ground because it’s biodegradable, and you can thus avoid disturbing the young plant’s roots during transplanting. Things You Will Need Egg carton Scissors Pen or pencil Potting mix or water beads Magic Beans Spray bottle Creating an egg carton pot plant Separate the lid and base of any empty pressed paper or cardboard egg carton with a pair of scissors. Poke three or four holes into the base of each indented egg cup.  Tip: Use the tip of a pen or pencil.  These holes will help each egg cup drain properly. Place the egg carton on a tray, baking sheet or similar flat surface that has a slightly raised edge around it. This will become the saucer and will catch any soil or water that drains from the egg carton. Fill each egg cup with potting mix or water beads. Plant one seed or magic bean into each filled egg cup. Every plant species has different seeding requirements, but most...

Free Magic Bean Packets – Printables and Templates

Whoever coined the phrase “Good things come in small packages” must have been a gardener. For it’s from those smallest of packages we call “seeds” that life in the garden begins. When it comes to giving magic beans as a gift, sometimes it’s hard to find the right packaging.  Live Love Bean offer a range of free packaging with all beans purchased, plus there are a number of kits available, however here’s one idea we are sure you are just going to love! Magic bean printables ~ Yes, templates and pre-made packets ready for you to download, print and assemble, for FREE! Check Out Our Full Range Of Printables Here! Our range is growing so if you have a design, colour or particular working you’d just love to get your hands on, all you need to do is send us a quick email and we will do our very best to accommodate.  Because after all, we love giving something back to you! Use these templates as they are or as a starting point for designing your own personalised magic bean packets. Get as creative as you want with artwork and embellishment.  Use the filled packets as package tags during the holidays or as a companion to other garden gifts. Three or four magic bean packets tied together with raffia or a pretty ribbon make a special gift in their own right. Download the PDF below and follow the simple instructions to make. You will need a printer (preferably colour), A4 paper, scissors and double-sided tape/glue. And some magic beans, of course!  Magic Bean – Thank You – Printable – Click to download PDF...

20 Creative DIY Christmas Gift Wrapping Ideas

It’s hard to believe it, but the holiday season is upon us! This year, why not get an early start on gift wrapping and do something extra special for your friends and family. Part of the fun of the holidays is getting gifts which are wonderfully packaged. Make your wrapping and labels part of the gift. There’s nothing like adding a personal touch to every package! Printable family gift tags – add a photo! Print out simple family gift tags that read, “Merry Christmas From Our Family to Yours.” While they are pretty basic, the leave plenty of space for you to do whatever you want. Write on them, add glitter, draw on them, or add a photo. A family photo is a wonderful choice, like in this picture! This is an easy and inexpensive way to personalize any package. Use a chalkboard marker First you’ll either need to buy or make some chalkboard wrapping paper covered in chalkboard paint. Once you’ve got that, purchase a chalkboard marker and write or draw whatever you want. It’s a simple look, but it really grabs your attention. You can see who these presents are for and from a mile away.   Chalkboard gift tags Reading about the chalkboard wrapping paper, maybe you already thought of this, but you can also make chalkboard gift tags! It’s super easy. Just purchase regular gift tags, or cut out pieces of whiteboard, and paint them with your chalkboard paint. Then write on them. The effect is cute, nostalgic, and personal. DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Ohthelovelythings Origami pyramid gift boxes. When you are giving someone a...

Best Present For People Who Love Magic

Do you know someone who just loves magic tricks? There’s something fascinating about a magician. Even the simplest coin trick can take your breath away. Finding a gift for someone special who just loves everything there is to love about magic can be hard, especially when they have every trick available. Sure, there are DVDs which show some of the most famous magicians performing incredible disappearing acts, and there are always new tricks and inventions to try out, but have you ever thought about giving a magic message bean? Message beans are magical because before your eyes they grow to reveal hidden words and images. The plants not only deliver a message, but continue to develop into a flowering, lush green vine that will continue to amaze and mesmerise. Whilst you can always present your choice of dozens of magic bean designs and allow them to plant them themselves, why not perform a little magic yourself. 1. Get yourself a pot – it can be any size you like, even one made of paper if you want. 2. Fill the pot with soil. 3. Plant your magic beans, just below the surface and give them a good drink. 4. Wrap the pot up in brown paper with some twine, or any special occasion paper you have. When your friend opens the wrapping, they’ll see they have been given a pot of soil.  Well that’s all it looks to be.  But in less than a week, the magic will begin and your beans will sprout and the hidden messages and images will be revealed. Now THAT’S a gift of magic! ...

Glass, Leaf and Petal Wedding Table Scatters

When you’re planning your very special day, there are hundreds of small details you need to remember. From small details like ties and jewellery through to bigger (and more expensive) worries such as the cake and the bridesmaid dresses, it can be a taxing time. Of course the reception is the fun part of the wedding – all the official obligations are over and it’s time to sit back and relax. Of course most couples like to personalise their wedding as much as possible and the reception is no exception. Wedding table scatters are a lovely way to create a personalised table for each guest as well as an easy and usually cheap decoration. Glass & Crystal Scatters Crystal and glass scatters are a lovely decoration for several reasons: In the right lights, they reflect light beautifully. They’re the perfect choice if you want something that has either the appearance of gemstones, diamonds or ice. They come in a huge range of colours. Fall or Autumn Leaf Scatters  If you’re planning a wedding, you’ll find Autumn (or Fall, as it is known in some countries) is a very popular time of year. If you love the lovely rich red and golds of this season, consider bringing them out in your wedding decorations. Some lovely theme colors you can include are red, gold, burgundy, yellow and peach. Fall leaves are also a lovely scatter for a nature based wedding; you can go with a four seasons theme and have a vibrant range of colors ranging from spring brights to darker winter tones. Go with a single colour if you have a different theme, or use a...

10 Easy DIY Bomboniere Gift Ideas

Bomboniere can be costly however if you have the time and a little spark of creativity, you could create something totally unique that is bound to have everyone talking about your special day for a long time to come. Here are just a few ideas to get you started: Poems: Buy small photo frames, and place a small verse thanking the person for being part of your day. Miniature Pots: Buy little pot plants for the girls, you can actually buy the pots and pot them either with seedlings, a magic bean or a plant to suit your colour theme. Chocolates: Make little dilly bags tied with a ribbon with a small thank you note and a couple of little heart shaped chocolates inside. Pampering: Get some tulle and make up a little square with an opening at one end, fill with bath crystals and secure with a ribbon. Chocolate spoons: Buy silver teaspoons, dip them in chocolate and set. When set, wrap in cellophane and tie with ribbon. Create a little tag with your name and wedding date and slip onto the ribbon. These can be used to stir coffee during dessert or kept as a memento. Candles: Get a pillar candle about 10cm round and as tall as you like, then get an old biro (without the ink!) and write the persons name into the candle. Then you can stick glitter in their name to personalise. More chocolates: Buy or make little gold boxes, spray with gold glitter, place tulle and chocolate inside and tie up with a gold bow. Photos: Give each guest a disc or personalise...