Seed cards make eco-friendly all-occasion giveaways. These recycled cards are sprinkled with seeds, to give them a second life after serving their purpose as greeting cards. Instead of throwing it away, the recipient of the card can plant its pieces to grow a small patch of blooms and greens.

Handmade seed cards are so easy to make, your kids can participate in the activity.

What you’ll need:

  • Used paper (remove non-paper elements like staple wires, tapes, etc.)
  • Packet of seeds (vegetable, herb or flower seeds)
  • Blender
  • Cornstarch
  • Mesh screen (Can be bought at craft stores or made by stapling a mesh screen on a wooden frame)
  • Sponge
  • Warm water
  • Basin (big enough to fit your mesh screen)
  • Old glossy magazines
  • Optional: Colored pens, ribbons, dried leaves, dried petals and food color

Steps on how to make a seed card:

  1. Tear up used paper into small thumb-sized pieces.
  2. Fill a blender jar halfway with the paper pieces. Add a tablespoon of cornstarch and pour warm water up to the jar’s limit.
  3. Blend on high until the pulp is smooth and no visible paper flakes can be seen.
  4. Pour the pulp mixture into a basin and add more water – about half a jar.
  5. Gently stir in the seeds. Small and flat seeds work best. This is also the best time to add food color and dried petals for additional color.
  6. Using a mesh screen, sift your pulp mixture until you get your desired paper thickness. Bigger seeds need to be in thicker paper.
  7. Sponge off the excess water until it is no longer dripping. You want the paper to dry fast so the seeds won’t start to absorb water.
  8. Slowly transfer the paper product on a glossy magazine to dry. The part of your paper that dries on the glossy magazine side will be smooth. You can also use cheesecloth or other absorbent material for a different texture.
  9. Leave your handmade paper out in the sun to dry.
  10. Once dry, cut out the rough edges and add your personalized design on the card using dried leaves, ribbons and colored pens.
  11. Write your greeting message and don’t forget to include planting instructions since some seeds can only be planted on a certain season.

Making and giving seed cards is environmentally healthy because it promotes recycling and propagating greens. So, collect your used paper and start making seed cards today.