In the spirit of sharing and social isolation creativity, here’s an idea for creating handmade seed paper to keep you busy.
Seed paper is easy to make, looks gorgeous and best of all it flowers when you plant it. How fantastic is that?!
Step 1 – Shred or rip up paper or thin card (recycling too!)
Step 2 – Soak in a bowl or bucket of water overnight
Step 3 – Scoop out a soggy handful at a time and blast in a blender. Pour this paper pulp into another bowl. Repeat.
Step 4 – Scoop some of the paper pulp into a flat tray (cat litter trays are perfect!!!)
Step 5 – Prepare a surface of an old towel/felt and thin fabric or j cloths.
Step 6 – Using aluminium modelling mesh (buy online or in car repair shops) or very stiff plastic netting, cut out a simple shape
Step 7 – Stir a packet of seeds in to the paper pulp mixture.
Step 8 – Submerge the mesh shape into the pulp.
Step 9 – Lift up mesh and allow to drip for 30 seconds
Step 10 – Turn mesh upside down onto one of the cloths and gently press with a sponge to remove excess moisture.
Step 11 – Leave to dry. The seeds will not have time to germinate – don’t worry!
Step 12 – Repeat steps 8 to 11 until you are bored or the paper pulp runs out.
Step 13 – Send to a friend or loved one to plant!
Ideal seeds to use are cress seeds as they grow quickly and get children interested plus you don’t need any soil for them to grow. Any seeds work well, but it would be great to encourage bees and butterflies to your plot by using wildflower seeds such as poppies, cornflowers and daisies.
There are many variables, for example you can add flower petals or natural dyes for extra pizzazz. You can staple an uncut sheet of mesh to a frame for a larger sheet of paper. You can add threads or string. The list goes on.
Also, you can find further ideas for creativity and gardening here