Make Seed Paper You Can Send and Plant

Make plantable paper for these botanical cards, which your recipients can place in their gardens and continue to enjoy.

| Fall 2016

  • Use a combination of fresh, pressed, and dried flowers to make special cards your friends and family can plant.
    Photo by Dawna Edwards
  • Step one: Gather materials for your mold.
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  • Pressed flowers and leaves make the seeded cards decorative, too.
    Photo by Dawna Edwards
  • Step two: Prepare the pulp.
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  • Step three: Pour the pulp into the frame.
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  • Step four: Spread the pulp to the corners.
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  • Step five: Smooth and remove excess water
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  • Experiment with different designs and colors by adding food coloring.
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  • Different arrangements of the flowers, added to the surface of the card during the last step, make each card unique.
    Photo by Dawna Edwards
  • Besides food coloring, you can use spices or boiled onion skins, beets, or tea to bring a touch of color to your cards.
    Photo by Dawna Edwards

Here’s a creative project that takes recycling to a whole new level. Following these simple directions, you can make your own plantable paper embedded with seeds, bits of plants, and delicious herbal scents. Make seed paper into greeting cards for your loved ones, and after they’ve read your sentiments, they can plant the whole card in a garden or flowerbed.

When you choose your favorite herbal scents and seeds for these organic, earth-friendly plantable seed cards, consider The Language of Flowers to convey your message.

While it’s possible to make seed paper you can plant entirely from raw, fibrous plant material, the chemicals and time required to break down the material adequately requires significantly more effort than the method suggested here. For details on creating paper from whole plants, check out a good papermaking book, such as Papermaking with Garden Plants & Common Weeds by Helen Hiebert or Making Your Own Paper by Marianne Saddington.

Materials

To begin the process of making botanical cards, assemble the materials listed below, which you may already have in your kitchen or garden.



Mold:

• 12-by-9-inch piece of screen
• 4 wood stretcher bars (12-inch), plus 4 more stretcher bars (9-inch)






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