What I love most about homemade plantable seed paper is that you recycle paper items that normally go to waste, like toilet paper rolls, while also providing a beautiful keepsake that will grow and provide beauty and nourishment for years to come!
The below DIY Tutorial: Homemade Plantable Seed Paper video and instructions will help you create your plantable seed paper. I’ve also included a few tips at the end of the post that you won’t want to miss!
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DIY Tutorial: Homemade Plantable Seed Paper
What you’ll need:
- Cardboard toilet paper rolls
- Food processor
- Hot water
- Parchment paper or plastic wrap
- Cookie cutters in a variety of shapes
- Food dye (optional)
- Tissue paper, preferably without dye (optional)
- Cut toilet paper rolls into small pieces and shred tissue paper.
- Add shredded tissue paper and toilet roll pieces to a bowl and pour boiling water into bowl, covering paper.
- Add soaked shredded paper, with enough water to cover the paper, into a food processor or hand blender. At this point, you can also add food coloring, if desired. Blend until all lumps are removed – it should look like a mushy pulp.
- Spoon pulp back into bowl. With hands, add seeds to pulp, stirring gently to combine. Note: Do not blend seeds. In order to avoid damaging the seeds, this step must be done by hand.
- Lay parchment paper, or plastic wrap, onto a flat surface and place cookie cutters on top of covered surface. Squeeze pulp gently to remove some water, leaving it moist enough to form shape. With hands, add a small amount of pulp into cookie cutters. Press gently into cookie cutter shape. This will also remove excess water. (Note: you can also spoon pulp directly onto surface and use a rolling pin to flatten pulp into sheets.)
- Remove cookie cutter (if applicable) and blot seed paper / shapes with a towel to remove any excess liquid. At this point, if desired, rubber stamps can be used to embed a design into the paper.
On a cool setting, blow dry the shapes / paper with a hair dryer. Make sure to use a low setting. You don’t want to blow the seeds out! (This step is important, because you don’t want the seeds to begin germination before they are planted.)
- Remove paper from parchment paper. Place same in a dry area, away from the sun. Let the paper sit until completely dry.
- Once dry, decorate however you’d like. Use a hole punch and ribbon, pens, or whatever you’d like!
- Use food dye to change the color of the paper.
- Before the paper dries, embed a design in your homemade plantable seed paper with a rubber stamp. Or, use a child’s toy, like a toy truck – just press and roll the tires right over it!
- When gifting, make sure to note the type of seeds used, and provide planting instructions. You want to make sure they grow and provide years of beauty or nourishment!
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