Here is a super easy way to make a soil sifter or sieve to remove sticks, leaves, pieces of mulch, stones and hard clumps of dirt from your soil to be used as seedling soil or seed starter.
One of these sifters, shown in the picture, can be made with a wooden frame, old dresser draw or like mine with a plastic basket with large holes.
The object is to place your lumpy-bumpy soil in the sifter and shake it over a wheel barrow, piece of cardboard or other item to catch the new soil. What is left behind can be used for composting or added to other mulch.
You will need enough 1/4 inch hardware cloth to cover and possibly go up the sides of your project and a way to attach it. Mine uses small zip ties. I placed the hardware cloth form fitted to the inside
of the basket, then zip tied it down. If using a wooden frame, you can use staples with a staple gun. You could even use pieces of thin wood to screw on top of the staples to hold them more secure.