Mothers Day crafts : Seed Paper

Happy Saturday everyone! This Saturday we are making seed paper . So let’s get started on this project :

Mothers day card with seed paper:

seeds from local dollar store

Paper making :

Cardboard and paper (about 1 cup of torn material for each card)
• Large bowl
• Blender*
• Flower seeds (about 1/8 teaspoon for each card—or just use what you have)
• Rubber spatula
• Wax paper or strainer
• Absorbent material, like terry cloth or a microfiber towel
• Cookie cutters
• Sponge
• Blank cardstock cards and envelopes
• Glue
• Ribbon or other decorations, if desired

) Tear or cut the cardboard and recycled paper into small pieces. If you have a paper shredder,
use that for the paper.
2) Put the torn cardboard and paper in a large bowl. Pour enough water into the bowl so that the
cardboard is just covered. Soak overnight, stirring occasionally.
3) Pour the mixture into the blender. Blend on low speed for 10 seconds, slowly adding water if
necessary to create a texture like a thick soup. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds or until the
cardboard has been thoroughly blended and no pieces are visible.
4) Pour the mixture back into the large bowl. Sprinkle the flower seeds over the mixture and stir
them in with a rubber spatula. (Don’t put the seeds into the blender—they need to remain intact
for them to grow.)
5) Spread the mixture out on wax paper over a towel. Use a spatula or your hands to flatten.
Dab with a sponge to strain as much water as possible. (Not pictured: You can also use a strainer
or a screen to remove excess water.)
6) Drape the towel (or fabric) on a flat surface. Place a small amount of the strained pulp directly
onto the towel. Shape with your fingers or with a cookie cutter. If you use a cookie cutter, spread
the pulp to the edges with your fingers.
7) Press the shaped pulp firmly with a sponge to soak up more water. Repeat to make as many
shapes as you like.
8) Allow the shapes to dry completely by repeatedly turning them over. Make sure both sides
are dry before continuing.
9) Glue onto blank cards, taking care to dab g

Plant Seeds paper:

Place your seed paper on soil that is slightly compressed, but not too hard-packed. Add 1/8 inch of soil on top of the paper and give it a good drink of water. After that, make sure it’s always moist and in a sunny spot. You should see sprouts within 7-10 days

Papermaking is a fun History Lesson for the kids. More information

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