I’ve been wanting to experiment with making my own paper for a while now, and with April being #FPEarthMonth I knew it was the perfect time to finally do it. Making homemade paper is not only a fun, easy project but it’s such a great way to recycle old newspapers, mail, or other paper materials you have piling up around your home. I decided to make homemade seed paper so that it can be planted after being used – I love the idea of paper made from trees being recycled and then put back into the earth to grow herbs or flowers. In this case, I used wildflower seeds as an homage to Texas and its gorgeous fields of wildflowers that are currently blooming everywhere I look.
What you need:
Paper materials – whatever you have lying around that can be recycled!
2 kitchen towels
A rolling pin or glass jar
A cake pan or container of some sort that is larger than the frame
Seeds of choice
*If you’re going to be writing on the paper you’ll also want to include liquid starch in the mixture, but I did not.
Shred the paper into small pieces, and add to the blender. Add enough water to cover the paper, and blend until it reaches a thick, pulpy consistency. Add more paper or water as needed.
Place the wire mesh over the empty frame – you can attach it using a staple gun, or simply fold it around the edges of the frame like I did. Place the frame inside a shallow baking pan or container.
Pour the paper and water mixture over the wire frame, using your fingers to smooth it out evenly.
Lift the frame and place it over the pan to let any excess water drip freely.
You can also use a towel to help press the water out of the paper mixture.
Remove the paper from the wire frame and lay it on a towel. Cover with the other towel and use the rolling pin or glass jar to further flatten and even out the paper.
Sprinkle the seeds over the paper while it is still damp, pressing them into the mixture so they’ll stay in place when it dries. Place the paper on a drying rack or out in the sun and let it dry for about 24 hrs. Once fully dry, use it for gift tags, table settings, note cards, or whatever else you’d like!