Here are some simple seed umbrellas you can make to help them make it past those crucial first weeks.
Step 1: Materials and tools
some straws rescued from the trash
a means of cutting (scissors, or a craft cutter)
hot melt glue gun
small plastic lid
hot knife for cutting plastic
krylon spray paint
Step 2: Cut out the umbrella pattern
Cut the umbrella shape out of the cardboard.
For the simple shape, just cut around the outside edge. Then score along the inside lines to help with folding.
Step 3: Glue umbrella together
Invert it and add some hot melt glue in the center.
For the ornate umbrella pattern, it helps to have a little cap on the top to keep the glue from going all over.
Position the straw in the center and hold it there, or lean it up against something till the glue hardens.
Step 4: Paint it and plant it
I like the blue and green metal finish mixed together..
Step 5: Does it help?
Here's some photographic evidence that the seeds seem to be happier under the umbrella...