Home & Garden Home How to Make Seed Paper: Step-by-Step By Maria Marabito Maria Marabito LinkedIn Twitter Writer West Chester University Maria Marabito is a writer who specializes in sustainable travel, green living, and food issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from West Chester University. Learn about our editorial process Updated April 29, 2021 annick vanderschelden photography / Getty Images Share Twitter Pinterest Email Home DIY Pest Control Natural Cleaning Family Green Living Thrift & Minimalism Sustainable Eating Overview Working Time: 30 - 45 minutes Total Time: 2 - 3 days Yield: 1 greeting card Skill Level: Kid-friendly Estimated Cost: $20 Seed paper is post-consumer paper embedded with seeds. You can choose exactly what seeds to include, from herbs to vegetables to flowers, and what to create with it. After it has served its purpose — as an invitation, a thank you note, a DIY gift, or just a fun project — add a bit of soil and water and it will start to germinate and grow into a multifold of seedlings. What You'll Need Equipment 1 piece of mesh material in a frame, such as a window screen or embroidery hoop 1 blender 1 rimmed pan large enough to fit the framed mesh 1 spoon 1 old towel or large piece of felt 1 large bowl 1 pair of scissors Materials 1 cups non-glossy shredded paper (enough for one small greeting card's worth of paper) 1 packet of seeds of your choosing 1 large bowl of warm water 1 natural food coloring (optional) Instructions Shred Your Paper Assemble your paper scraps and tear or cut them up into small bits. The largest pieces should not be bigger than a half-inch wide. A by kind of paper will do as long as it doesn't have a glossy finish. Soak The night before you plan to make the seed paper, take a large bowl and fill it with warm water. Add your shredded paper bits to the water and let them soak overnight. Blend to Make Paper Pulp In the blender, mix the soaked paper with a little bit of added water to create a paste. Blend until the paper becomes thick. Try to use an old blender if you can, as this process may dull the blades. If you don't have an old blender you no longer use for food, go searching at a Goodwill or community group to find a used blender for this project. Customize the Color To create colored paper, add a few drops of natural food coloring to the thick pulp and pulse the blender to distribute. Natural Dye To make coloring easier, you can apply a natural Easter egg dying liquid as the extra water used in the previous step. The color will be more diluted with this method. Pour Out the Pulp Set out your rimmed pan, such as a baking pan, and pour in your paper pulp, using a spoon to get everything out. If it is very thick or dry, add a bit of water to loosen it. Dip Your Mesh Into the Pulp You're going to need to create an even layer of pulp on your screen. To achieve this, take your framed window mesh and dip it into the pulp mixture so that the pulp sticks to the mesh. Flip over and check to make sure that you have a good layer of pulp. If necessary, spoon some of the extra pulp to cover it evenly. Keep in mind the size and shape of the paper you want to make when adding pulp onto your mesh. Lay Screen on a Towel Lay out your old towel or felt onto a flat surface. Place your mesh onto the towel, pulp up, allowing any extra moisture to get absorbed by the towel. Add Your Seeds Sprinkle your chosen seeds onto the pulp layered on the mesh. Make sure not to cover the pulp completely with seeds. Gently press the seeds into the pulp so they don't fall off when the paper dries. If you are feeling artistic, create a design as you add your seeds. Choosing Seeds Small seeds of a non-invasive wildflower or low-maintenance herbs or vegetables are ideal. Do a little research and select seeds that have a high germination rate to improve the chances of your seed paper sprouting. Something to keep in mind is that smaller seeds make writing on the paper easier. Let Your Paper Dry Take your framed mesh and flip it over so that the pulp is facing down but not touching the towel. Allow the paper pulp to gently fall off your mesh and onto the towel. Try not to disturb or peel off in order to avoid tearing the pulp. Let the paper dry on the towel for at least one day. Create! Check to make sure your paper is completely dry. If it has curled at all, place a few heavy books on top to smooth out the paper. Once it is to your liking, use the paper to create your project. Use the unseeded side to write messages or decorate. Planting Your Seed Paper Kids would love this DIY activity, especially when you are ready to germinate your seeds. Keep in mind what seeds you chose and their growing season. If your paper is very large, rip it into smaller pieces. If you already have a small piece of seed paper, you can put it directly into an empty bed or pot of soil. Cover the seed paper with a quarter-inch of additional potting soil. Water lightly, keeping the seeds wet while they sprout and grow roots. Uses of Seed Paper Greeting cardsInvitationsNotepaperGiftsA fun class experimentBiodegradable confettiGift tags or decorWedding favorsEnvelopesPainting paperAnd so much more! Frequently Asked Questions What kind of mesh should you use? "Mold and deckle" is the official term for the mesh contraption used for paper making. You can make one at home using 110 mesh—i.e., a type of mesh that has 110 threads crossing per square inch. Plain weave mesh is also best to ensure the cross pattern doesn't appear on the paper. What's the best paper to use for seed paper? Seed paper can be made with any paper that's not glossy. You can use just about anything from junk mail to newspaper to scrap construction paper for this project. Is there a way to speed up the drying process? You can blow seed paper pulp with a hairdryer on a low, cool setting to help speed up drying.