How to Add Flower Seeds to Homemade Paper

Overview

Create your own handmade paper from paper scraps and organic additions such as plant seeds. Purchase seeds specifically for paper making or collect seeds from your garden plants. The seeds don't just add a natural attractive touch to the homemade paper, the paper is also plantable. After its intended use, tear the paper into strips and plant them just as you would the seeds. Use the paper for projects such as cards, tags or seed envelopes and create a recyclable work of art.

Step 1

Tear paper scraps into 1-inch-square pieces. Use non-glossy paper, either colored or plain white. Tissue paper is also acceptable.

Step 2

Place the torn paper pieces into a bowl and fill it with enough water to cover the paper scraps. Leave it to soak overnight.

Step 3

Place ¼ cup of wet paper pieces into a blender. Add 1 quart of water. Blend until the paper mixture is the consistency of oatmeal.

Step 4

Pour the paper pulp into a plastic tub. Add additional water if the mixture is too thick and stir to blend.

Step 5

Place a piece of window screening into an embroidery hoop. Cut off the excess screening with a pair of old scissors.

Step 6

Dip the embroidery hoop into the paper pulp at an angle, then turn the hoop so it is flat under the surface of the pulp. Lift it straight up and out of the pulp mixture so the paper pulp is now resting on top the screen. Hold it over the tub for three to five minutes or until most of the excess water has drained off.

Step 7

Sprinkle the seeds on top the paper. Press them into the wet paper sheet with your fingertips.

Step 8

Flip the hoop upside down onto a dry towel. Blot the back of the screen with a dry sponge to soak up the remaining excess water.

Step 9

Lift the screen off the paper so that the paper is left behind on top the towel. Cover the paper with another towel and leave it to dry for 24 hours.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper scraps
  • Bowl
  • Blender
  • Tub
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Window screening
  • Scissors
  • Seeds
  • Towel
  • Sponge

References

  • Walla Walla University: Handmade Paper
  • Exploratorium: Exploring Paper
Keywords: homemade seed paper, making paper, plantable seed papers

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.