It’s hard to think of spring with all this frigid winter weather hanging around but how about you warm up someone’s heart this February with a handmade Valentine infused with thoughts of spring! Everything you need to make your own recycled seed paper Valentine is probably stashed somewhere in your kitchen as we speak. Have a paper shredder? Then you’re already halfway there! Turn that old paper back into paper pulp, mix in some wildflower seeds, and you’ve got plantable paper and a handmade gift for everyone in your address book. I promise you, it’s just that easy! Here’s what you’ll need:
Materials for Seed Paper:
- Large bowl
- Medium bowl
- Hot water
- Shredded paper
- Slotted spoon
- Paper mix-in’s (mica flakes, bits of twine, dried petals, etc) *Optional
- Food coloring *Optional
- Small seeds (lavender, coreopsis, coneflower, etc)
- Glass measuring cup
- Screen of some kind (I made mine from an embroidery hoop and tulle fabric)
- Heart shaped cookie cutter
- Dish towel
Materials for Cards:
- Plain white cards and envelopes
- Something to poke holes such as an awl
- Seed paper planting instructions (click to open up a window to print from)
- 1/8″ ribbon
- All purpose glue or tape runner
1. Place shredded (or torn) paper into a large bowl and fill with warm water. Let the paper sit in the bath for an hour or so or overnight. The longer the paper can sit in the bath the smoother the pulp will be.
2. Once the paper has soaked, scoop it out using a slotted spoon and place the paper into the blender. Fill the blender with clean warm water.
3. Now is when the mix-in’s are added to the paper. For this project I used mica flakes specifically marketed for paper making but feel free to experiment with anything from scraps of fabric and cut up twine to dried flower petals and food coloring.
*A note on food coloring The food coloring has to sit and absorb into the paper pulp in order to hold a color. For this project I did not let it sit so the affect is just a slight pastel hint of color as opposed to a deep red.