Plantable Seed Paper Tutorial For Valentines Day Cards

DIY Plantable Seed Paper = Valentine’s Day Cards

What’s better than a gift that sprouts up beautiful flowers or yummy veggies when planted?  For this weekend project you’ll make plantable seed paper then turn it into Valentine’s day cards.

Materials:

  • 8-10 sheets of shredded paper
  • 1 packet of seeds
  • 1 heaping tbsp dried lavender or other dried flowers / leaves
  • Old towels, strainer, blender
  • Stencils or cookie cutters of woodland creatures
  • Card stock
  • Printer
  • Scissor, glue, etc.

Directions:

1.  Shred or tear up a bunch of paper.  Scrap paper, old craft paper, anything without a glossy finish will work best.  To get coloured paper like the pink shown in this project, add one sheet of shredded red paper to the mix.  Place paper in a big bowl or the sink and soak in warm water for 45 minutes to an hour.  The paper should be soft and break apart easily at the end of the hour.

2.  Scoop paper into a blender, filled about halfway full and scoop a cup or so of the water it was soaking in into the blender.  Pulse a few times until you get a mushy pulp like that shown here.  Add more water as needed to get this consistency.

3.  Pour pulp through a strainer to remove some of the moisture.  Don’t squeeze it all out or your paper will not form together very well.

4.  Add the seeds and dried flowers and gently mix.  Shown here are lavender buds, bergamot petals, and dried mint leaves for flecks of interest in the paper.  Radicchio, Rhubarb chard, and Alta Globe radishes are the seeds I have chosen as each will produce an edible red plant and they can be planted at the same time (started inside now and they can be moved to the garden once they have true leaves).  Other good choices are flower mixes, like butterfly or bee blends that attract pollinators to the garden and produce a variety of flowers.

5. Set up a few towels on a flat surface where you can leave the paper for a day or more to dry.  Dump the pulp out onto the towel and spread out gently patting paper.  You can use a rolling pin to flatten the paper out a bit, but be gentle as to not crush the seeds or break the pulp.  Leave undisturbed to dry.

6.  Trace and cut out woodland creatures out of the dry seed paper.  Decorate cards with cute messages and with a few little glue dots, affix seed paper critter.  Include instructions on how to plant the seed paper by copy /pasting or writing the following on the card back:

The critter on this card is made of plantable seed paper containing radicchio, Rhubarb chard & Alta Globe radish seeds.

 Directions for Planting

Rip seed paper into many small pieces and spread throughout the garden or in a pot filled with good potting soil.  Cover with 1” of soil and water regularly until you get yummy veggies.

 

 



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About the Author : StephanieAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie

  1. Donata
    DonataFebruary 11,12

    Lovely!
    I need more time to go through your blog, so I’ll follow you – excited about all the goodies waiting to be discovered :)

    Cheers!

  2. Aimee
    AimeeFebruary 12,12

    Ridiculously cute and shockingly easy to make! Terrific idea and great tutorial. Not sure I’ll get to this for Valentine’s Day, but it’s definitely on the “to make” list sometime this year!

  3. Jennie-Team Dean
    Jennie-Team DeanFebruary 13,12

    These are so cute! We were planning on something like this for our wedding as favors but decided on homemade marinara instead. What a great and fun idea! I can’t wait to try this with my son next year!

  4. Wendy
    WendyFebruary 14,12

    Those are super cute!!!

    I used to make my own paper too. I had a kit that I dried it on and it left the grid pattern from the screen. I like the idea of drying it simply on a towel!

  5. My Urban Gardens
    My Urban GardensFebruary 14,12

    How cute!

    Lynn

  6. Sherry
    SherryFebruary 15,12

    What a great project! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

  7. BethM@Under A Pile of Scrap!
    BethM@Under A Pile of Scrap!February 15,12

    I’ve been seeing these and think they are THE coolest things! Love the wildlife creatures!

  8. Stevie
    StevieFebruary 15,12

    Thanks, Beth.

  9. Melissa
    MelissaFebruary 17,12

    This is fantastic! Thanks for the tutorial!
    -Melissa
    PS- I’ve started a Blog Hop- would love for you to stop by and join in.
    serendipityandspice.blogspot.com

  10. Linda
    LindaFebruary 18,12

    I think this would make awesome little gifts for Easter adults and kids, too. I like it. Best wishes, I am following you now. Best wishes, Linda

    http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/

  11. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.February 19,12

    That is so much fun! Thanks for the great tutorial too!

  12. Ericah
    EricahMarch 8,12

    love this idea just pinned it so i can find it again. :)

  13. Amy
    AmyMarch 21,13

    This is fantastic! I’m definitely going to show people how to do this at my library! I love that you dry it on felt instead of having to construct a mesh screen.

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