Give second life to paper scraps and a first life to seeds when you create handmade seed paper. After the paper has been used, you can simply plant it in warm, moist soil, where the seeds will sprout and the paper will serve as compost. Add growing instructions and a birthday card made from this paper becomes a gift as well!
Things You'll Need
- Non-glossy white paper, such as newspapers or computer paper
- Small, flat seeds
- Sink or large, flat basin
- Frame, such as an old picture frame, that will fit into the sink or basin
- Stiff mesh screen
- Tacks or stapler
- Dishcloths, larger than the frame
- Scissors or shredder
- Waxed paper
- Glass jar or rolling pin
- Large flat spoon
Cut the mesh screen to fit the frame. Staple or tack firmly to the frame.
Tear, cut or shred the paper into small pieces and soak in warm water for 30 minutes to soften.
Fill the blender halfway with the soaked paper and blend until smooth.
Pour pulp into the sink or basin. Stir in the seeds.
Dip the frame into the pulp mixture, moving gently from side to side for an even layer of pulp.
Lift the screen and allow the water to drain. Press the water out with a sheet of waxed paper the size of the screen, a large flat spoon or a glass jar.
Turn the frame pulp-side down onto a dry dishcloth once it stops dripping. Slowly lift the screen. The paper should drop onto the cloth. Tap gently if the paper sticks.
Dry the paper completely, at least overnight.