Seed Paper

It is simple to make your own seed paper. All you need are just a few things that you have right at home.

  • Medium sized sauce pan
  • Screen (pop one out of your window if you’re in a pickle)
  • Shredded paper (old bills)
  • Paper towels (anything absorbent)
  • Seeds (as long as they are small and flat)
  • Food coloring (optional)

Okay, lets start by filling your medium sauce pan with those shredded bills (of course after you paid them). Cover with enough water to just begin to see it above the paper. Put this on medium heat for about 15 minutes. This will help the paper turn into a pulp quicker. Pulp is paper blended with water used to create our final product, recycled paper.

Now we are going to use an immersion blender to blend the paper into a nice pulp.

Take a large glass liquid measuring cup and add one part paper pulp, three parts water, and the seeds. I will include a link below to the seeds I purchased on Amazon. You will notice I used Paris Island Romaine Lettuce seeds to stick with the whole love/Valentines Day theme. You may use any type of seeds you’d like as long as they are very tiny.  If you want to add color, now is the time to do it. 

Give this a brisk stir with a wooden spoon.

Now we are ready to make paper. Lay a screen over your sink or on a flat surface covered in paper towel. Spread out your cookie cutter shapes. 

Fill each one to the top and let the water drain out. It will flatten out to about a 1/4 of an inch thick. 

Lift your cookie cutter. It should look like this.

Go ahead and place paper towels over the top and press to squeeze out as much water as possible. You will press until the entire piece you are working on comes off of the screen and sticks to the paper towel. 

Now place this with the seed paper facing up, onto a flat surface. Blot with paper towel until almost dry. You will know when you they are ready when they no longer stick to either side of the paper towels.

Now let these sit out overnight or until dry. If they curl up on you, just use an iron to flatten them out.  Now you can fill them out and send them to those you love.Write on the back of each one a little note letting the recipient know they just have to throw this recycled card into dirt, water, and they will have fresh lettuce in just a few weeks.

This is such a great project to do with the kids. I hope you enjoyed this cute Valentines Day craft idea. Subscribe to be the first to get new projects, recipes, and ideas sent right to your inbox. Until next time.

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Birdseed Mobile

New England is famous for it’s rapid change in weather. One day its -13°f, the next 52°f. That got me thinking about our feathered friend’s outdoors. Although they would do just fine without human intervention. I decided to make a little snack for them. Here is what I came up with, a birdseed mobile. It is made with just a few ingredients, a lid to a canning jar, and raffia. Once the birds are done eating this treat they can then use the raffia for nesting material. This is a project that would be a lot of fun to do with your kids, or for the kids at heart.

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Prepare your molds
  1. Spray flexible mold with cooking spray
  1. In a medium heavy bottomed saucepan, add water and corn syrup. Bring to a boil. As soon as it begins to boil, remove it from the heat
  2. Add gelatin, and whisk until dissolved completely
  3. In a medium bowl, add the gelatin mixture and flour. Mix this until it forms a creamy glue like consistency
  4. Add the birdseed. Mix this until all of the bird seed has come into contact with our gelatin mixture
  5. Spray your hands with cooking spray
  6. Take the seed mixture and press it into your mold. Filling each one to the top. You may need to spray the tops with cooking spray again. To prevent it from sticking as you press down on each one
  7. Set your mold in the freezer overnight
  8. Remove the birdseed cakes from the mold and place them on a drying rack
  9. Using a small drill, drill a hole through the center of each birdseed cake
  10. Take a wide mouth ring to a canning jar and drill 4 holes into it
  11. Tie a knot at the end of a 3’ piece of raffia, large enough that the birdseed cakes wont slide past it
  12. Slide a birdseed cake down the raffia to rest on the knot. Do this at varying heights for each one. Once you have reached your desired length
  13. Tie a knot about 4” above your last birdseed cake. This knot will prevent it from sliding through our lid
  14. Take each birdseed cake raffia strand and thread the top through the lid. Once you have all of the strands through. Even out the ring so it is level and tie a knot to hold all of the strands together
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