Here’s a great craft you can make by reusing paper to make your own—with a special surprise inside (it has wildflower seeds embedded into the paper)! You give it or send it as a greeting card, and when they plant it in the spring, the wildflowers will grow! Check it out!
What you Need
- 1½ cups of 1-inch strips of old newspaper, construction paper, or printer paper
- large bowl of warm water
- 9 x 13-inch baking pan
- masking tape
- 6 x 10-inch piece of window screen or fine mesh
- packet of wildflower seeds
- old bath towels
- colored markers
What you do:
- Put your paper scraps in the bowl of warm water and soak them overnight to make them mushy.
- Prepare your window screen or mesh by folding strips of masking tape over the edges.
- Drop your mushy paper into the blender, then fill it halfway with fresh water. Blend the paper until it looks like thick soup.
- Fill your baking pan with water until it’s a quarter full, then pour in your blended paper pulp.
- Open your seed packet and pour some into your hand. Drop the seeds into the mixture and mix them in well with your hands. (You want to get the seeds into the pulp, not just on it. Also, depending on the size of the packet, you may want to add more or less seeds).
- Insert the screen into your backing pan, slipping it under the pulp and seeds so you have an even layer of pulp. Then carefully lift it, and let the water drain off.
- Place your screen on an old towel, and once the fabric is saturated, move it to a dry, warm area for at least 24 hours.
- When the paper is completely dry, gently remove it from the screen.
- Add a message to your friend with the markers, and let them know that they can plant the whole card in the spring. All they have to do is water it, and they’ll have a beautiful surprise!