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)
- Mesh screen (Can be bought at craft stores or made by stapling a mesh screen on a wooden frame)
- 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:
- Tear up used paper into small thumb-sized pieces.
- Fill a blender jar halfway with the paper pieces. Add a tablespoon of cornstarch and pour warm water up to the jar’s limit.
- Blend on high until the pulp is smooth and no visible paper flakes can be seen.
- Pour the pulp mixture into a basin and add more water – about half a jar.
- 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.
- Using a mesh screen, sift your pulp mixture until you get your desired paper thickness. Bigger seeds need to be in thicker paper.
- 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.
- 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.
- Leave your handmade paper out in the sun to dry.
- Once dry, cut out the rough edges and add your personalized design on the card using dried leaves, ribbons and colored pens.
- 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.