Cheater Heat Mat for Seedlings

Rachel's Trash~2~Treasures
by Rachel's Trash~2~Treasures
3 Materials
5 Minutes

I found this super easy DIY for a heat mat made with stuff you probably already have laying around the house

I gotta be honest, my camera has a cracked screen but I felt I had to share this project so the images I'm posting are straight from amazon.

Anywho, you're gonna wanna start with a shallow pan. I had an old rusty one I used but Disposable is fine.

Next, you'll need some Christmas lights. NOT led, you'll wanna use the old school ones that get hot. Everybody's got a set with a few missing bulbs that you've hung on to "just in case". Well, here you go. You needed them after all... throw them in the pan with the cord end hanging out

Next comes the sand. You can also use kitty litter, whatever you've got. Pour it over the Christmas lights completely covering them. Dont forget to leave the plug end hanging out.

THATS IT! put your pots with your newly planted seeds right on top of the sand and plug her in! Easy peasy

These are egg containers I picked up at the dollar store. I used a hot pin and poked a hole in each slot. I use them to start cactus seedlings. They have snug fitting lids so they keep the moisture in. See the yellow tape? Theres a vent hole there that I keep a piece of tape on. When they look too wet, I pull the tape off so they can breathe for a bit. They work great, I get an average of 10 out of 12 seeds to start this way.

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