With spring here, there isn’t a better time to introduce kids to gardening and growing plants and flowers by making their own DIY seed paper.
DIY seed paper is a fun way to celebrate spring and do an activity together. It’s fairly easy to do and kids will love seeing their creations all summer long.
With a little patience and craft, your garden and hearts will be full.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 4 Craft Sticks
- Waterproof glue
- Staple gun or fold back clips
- Stick blender
- Small container
- Kitchen towels
The first thing you’ll need to do is make a frame. A frame is crucial to form paper.
All you need to do is take the four craft sticks and make a square shape with the ends overlapping. Then, glue them into this shape. Wait for the flue to dry.
Next, add the cheesecloth to your frame. You can either staple it or add clips to attach.
Now that the frames are made, it’s time to make your paper pulp.
Although you can use any paper for the DIY, it’s nice to use paper that needs recycled to help the environment. Another great alternative is using colored paper too. That way there’s a nice color to your seed paper.
Cut your paper up into small pieces and soak it in warm water for an hour.
After the house is up, add a little more water and make it into a pulp. You can easily stick it in the blender to do this!Once it’s a good pulp consistency, add your seeds to the paper. Think about using flower seeds that are helpful to pollinators. Not only will you be helping the bees, you’ll have beautiful flowers too!
When your seeds are mixed in the paper pulp, it’s time to make your paper. Squish your pulp to the paper frame. One little tip is to have two old towels to remove excess water on either side of the frames. Flatten the pulp to cover the entire frame. Then continue squishing with the extra towel to take out as much water as possible.
The more pulp you have on your frame, the thicker the paper will be.
After you’re satisfied with removing the excess water, gently remove the paper and find somewhere flat for it to completely dry. This process can take up to two days.
Repeat these steps until you’re out of pulp.
When your seed paper has dried, you can make it into a card for Mother’s Day or Earth Day too! You can have your child draw on it and give it to grandparents. Then have them plant the seed paper together.
The opportunities are endless!
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