How to Make a Cheap Grass Seed Spreader

How to Make a Cheap Grass Seed Spreader. For small patching areas, a homemade grass seed spreader does the trick and saves you money. Store bought spreaders include the drop and broadcast models that you push and handheld spreaders that usually have a crank handle. Make your own cheap model from containers that usually end up discarded.

Cheap Tin Can Spreader

Step 1

Get an empty coffee can with lid and turn it upside down. Choose a large size for less work.

Step 2

Put on safety glasses and make holes across the bottom of the can. Use a small nail with a hammer or a 1/8 inch drill bit for starters.

Step 3

Make a second row of holes offset from the first row.

Step 4

Place the lid on the bottom of the can and fill just enough seed to test the spreader.

Step 5

Test the grass seed spreader over an open newspaper to see the flow of seeds. Adjust accordingly by enlarging or making more holes.

Step 6

Use the tin can spreader by first placing the lid on the bottom, then remove the lid when ready to seed your lawn.

Cheap Milk Jug Spreader

Step 1

Rinse out an empty gallon milk jug. Substitute with a 64 oz. plastic juice container.

Step 2

Set the jug off in a corner to dry with the cap off.

Step 3

Put on safety glasses, then punch a series of holes in the opposite side of the handle with a nail, hole puncher or drill. Push the nail or punch back and forth with downward pressure. Figure 1/8 inch holes, depending on grass, spaced 1/4 inch apart in two offsetting rows.

Step 4

Get a funnel to fill the jug with grass seed up to the holes.

Step 5

Spread grass seed evenly with a back and forth motion.

Step 6

Make more holes or rows according to the amount of grass seed you want to shake out.

Step 7

Push the nail around the hole to make it larger.


Start with a smaller hole then enlarge as needed for your particular grass seed. Grass seed size typically measures about 1/8 inch. Watch that the nail or punch doesn't slip away cutting your hand or scratching the counter.

Things You'll Need

  • Coffee can

  • Plastic can lid

  • Safety glasses

  • Small nail

  • 1/8 inch drill bit

  • Newspaper

  • Grass seed

  • Gallon milk jug

  • 64-oz juice container

  • Milk jug cap

  • Nail

  • Hole puncher

  • Funnel