How to Make Paper With Seeds You Can Plant

Overview

Whether you're a nature lover, craft fanatic or a mixture of both, making plantable paper is an excellent do-it-yourself project. It's also a great craft for children and can be used as a classroom lesson, Saturday afternoon activity or whenever you want to spend time talking about the Earth with kids. You can also use seeded paper as thank-you cards, invitations, seat markers or decorative ornaments. This project can also be modified to use the seeds of your favorite flower variety.

Step 1

Remove the back of a wooden picture frame so it is empty in the center.

Step 2

Place a piece of window screen over the frame and staple it in place with a staple gun. Make sure the screen is pulled as tightly as possible to ensure the best results. Place the picture frame on top of a towel.

Step 3

Tear scrap paper into small 1/2-inch pieces. Fill a blender half-full with the paper.

Step 4

Add water to the blender until it is ¾ full. Blend the mixture on high speed until it has a consistency similar to oatmeal. Add two to three drops of food coloring if you want a colorful card.

Step 5

Put a cookie cutter of your choice on top of the screen. Your card will be in the same shape as the cookie cutter.

Step 6

Pour the paper mixture into the cookie cutter until it is about 1/4-inch thick.

Step 7

Sprinkle five to 10 seeds on top of the paper mixture. Gently press the seeds into the mixture to ensure they stay in place.

Step 8

Let the mixture sit for five minutes and carefully remove the cookie cutter.

Step 9

Lay a towel on top of the paper mixture and carefully but firmly press down on it to remove excess water.

Step 10

Remove the paper mixture from the screen and place it on a sunny window sill to dry for two days. It will be ready to plant once it is dry.

Things You'll Need

  • Wooden picture frame
  • Window screen
  • Staple gun
  • Scrap paper
  • Water
  • Blender
  • Food coloring
  • Cookie cutter
  • Seeds
  • Towels

References

  • TAMU: Grow Cards
  • Thrifty Fun: Plantable Paper
Keywords: make paper with seeds, make paper cards with seeds, plantable seed cards

About this Author

Kenneth Coppens is a part-time freelance writer and has been for one year. He currently writes for Demand Studios, eHow, Associated Content and is the Indianapolis Craft Beer Expert for Examiner.