For the most part, starting plants from seeds is fairly easy...however, sometimes seeds need a little extra nurturing. A solution is to use a homemade DIY mini greenhouse!
You can start with any container, so long as it has draining holes. Fill the container with your favorite seed-starting soil and leave about an inch of room at the top. Sow and water your seed. Then, cover your container with some plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band. The plastic should be removed as soon as the seed sprouts!
(DIY idea taken from a blog on Kitchen Gardeners International: http://kgi.org/blog/davehames/seed-starting-mini-greenhouses)