Share your love of gardening with others by making paper that actually grows! This eco-friendly idea uses recycled paper and whatever seeds you like. Just follow these steps—you’ll find it’s easier to make than you might think!
- shredded, unwaxed paper
- blender or hand mixer (buy a cheaper, extra one)
- thin seeds
- window screen attached to wooden frame or splatter screen
- cookie cutter, any shape
- drip tray
- food coloring (optional)
- Tear up the paper into strips, and soak in water for a few hours or overnight. Add the food coloring at this point, if colored seed paper is desired.
- Take the soaked paper, and puree it in a blender or with a hand mixer. (Note: You might not want to use this appliance in the kitchen again after you make paper with it.)
- Lay the screen flat on top of a tray to catch excess water. Place the cookie cutter on top of the screen, and spoon the paper mixture into the cutter. Next, sprinkle a few seeds on top of the paper and press as flat and evenly as you can with the sponge to remove as much excess water as possible.
- Carefully remove the cutter, and repeat the process until you run out of paper mixture. Allow to dry completely before use.
Your seed paper creations are a perfect way to impress at just about any occasion. Give them as gifts, use them as party favors, or just share them as a unique way to say hello or thank you to a friend.