How to Make?Seed-Paper Valentine?s Day Cards

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Now here is a gift that sprouts up beautiful flowers or yummy veggies when planted: homemade seed-paper Valentine?s Day cards! This DIY project requires no special equipment and recycles paper into something much more attractive?pressed handmade paper with embedded seeds. The paper can be cut out in any shape you want, but for this , I?ve turned seed paper into woodland critters that can be planted right in the ground!

Give a gift that grows this Valentine's Day

How to Make Seed-Paper Valentine?s Day Cards

Materials:

  • 8-10 sheets of shredded paper
  • 1 packet of seeds
  • 1 heaping tbsp or other dried flowers/leaves
  • Old towels, strainer, blender
  • Stencils or
  • Printer
  • Scissors, glue, etc.

 

 

Make it!

1. Shred or tear up a bunch of paper. Scrap paper, old craft paper, or anything without a glossy finish will work best. To get colored paper like the pink shown in this project, add one sheet of shredded red paper to the mix. Place paper in a big bowl or the sink and soak in warm water for 45 minutes to an hour. The paper should be soft and break apart easily at the end of the hour.

Making seed paper for Valentine's cards

2. Scoop paper into a blender until it is filled about halfway full and scoop a cup or so of the water it was soaking in into the blender. Pulse a few times until you get a mushy pulp like that shown here. Add more water as needed to get this consistency.

3. Pour pulp through a strainer to remove some of the moisture. Don?t squeeze it all out or your paper will not form together very well.

Paper pulp for making cards

4. Add the seeds and dried flowers and gently mix. Shown here are lavender buds, bergamot petals, and dried mint leaves for flecks of interest in the paper. Radicchio, Rhubarb chard, and Alta Globe radishes are the seeds that I have chosen, as each will produce an edible red plant and they can be planted at the same time (if started inside, they can be moved to the garden once they have true leaves). Other good choices are flower mixes like butterfly or bee blends that to the garden and produce a variety of flowers.

5. Set up a few towels on a flat surface where you can leave the paper for a day or more to dry. Dump the pulp out onto the towel and spread out, gently patting it down. You can use a rolling pin to flatten the paper out a bit, but be gentle so as not to crush the seeds or break the pulp. Leave undisturbed to dry.

Making seed paper at home

6. Trace and cut out woodland creatures out of the dry seed paper. Decorate cards with cute messages and affix your seed paper critter with a few little glue dots. Include instructions on how to plant the seed paper by copy /pasting or writing the following on the card back:

Instructions for seed-paper cards

The critter on this card is made of plantable seed paper containing radicchio, rhubarb chard, and Alta Globe radish seeds.

Plant it!

Rip seed paper into many small pieces and spread throughout the garden or in a pot filled with good potting soil. Cover with 1? of soil and water regularly until you get yummy veggies.

Planting seed paper

The finished product turned out really well, I thought. I used different sayings that corresponded to the critter for each one.

Seed-paper valentines

 

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What a winter it has been! Brrr! With record-breaking storms and temperatures that chill my bones, I AM READY FOR SPRING.

If you have been poring over seed catalogs and dreaming of sunny days, fresh greens, and blooming flowers, then today is an exciting day! Today, I say to you,

?Wait no more for Spring! Let?s get this party started!!?

This is the reason why I created this FABULOUS Window Herb Garden DIY. And it comes as an easy-to-grow kit (which is really like a gift to yourself for putting up with winter). Just add soil and water and you will have an indoor herb window garden growing before you can say ?Garden Therapy!?

Garden Therapy Seed Collection Indoor Herb Window Garden with Livi Pot

This Indoor Herb Window Garden Kit is the inaugural DIY-come-to-life in that I have been creating with GardenTrends. The idea behind the kits is to bring an entire Garden Therapy DIY project, complete with seeds, right to you! Each kit includes the supplies you?ll need for a seasonally appropriate (and, of course, FUN!) gardening project.

We have created a bunch of different themed kits that will be available in limited numbers throughout the winter and spring this year. This first kit contains a collection of some of the best herbs to grow in an indoor herb garden, a set of three Livi Pots, and a chalk pen to adorn your window.

The innovative Livi Pots included in this kit have micro suction cups that cling to any smooth surface. They are super strong and work perfectly on windows, so you can get your herbs growing where you have the most light available. You can start the seeds right in the pots, grow the seedlings into plants, then harvest and enjoy!Garden Therapy indoor herb collection (Thyme)

Each kit includes three perennial herbs (Green Sage, Oregano, and Winter Thyme) and three annual herbs (Purple Ruffles Basil, Italian Dark Green Parsley, and Thai Basil). These six herbs will give you a great variety of flavors and prolific plants.

The herbs can be successfully started from seed indoors and continue to grow there as you harvest and enjoy them. You can also move the plants out to the garden as they grow larger and continue to grow them for this season and (for the perennials) many years to come!

herbs indoors

We designed the hand-drawn images on the seed packets to represent the herbs included in the kit, and I just love how they turned out. Not to mention the thrill of seeing the Garden Therapy logo printed on my very own seed packets. It?s a crafty gardener?s dream come true!

This Limited Edition Kit is available now only at GardenTrends!

The view out my kitchen window isn?t so pretty and it?s right above the sink. This is the perfect spot for a window garden and the chalk pen that?s included in the kit really let me personalize it. I think the chalk pen is my new favorite thing!

Grow a Window Herb Garden

Here?s a step-by-step guide on how to grow the seeds included in the .

window herb garden

Materials

  • Garden Therapy Indoor Herb Collection Seeds: Green Sage
  • Garden Therapy Indoor Herb Collection Seeds: Winter Thyme
  • Garden Therapy Indoor Herb Collection Seeds: Oregano
  • Garden Therapy Indoor Herb Collection Seeds: Purple Ruffles Basil
  • Garden Therapy Indoor Herb Collection Seeds: Italian Dark Green Parsley
  • Garden Therapy Indoor Herb Collection Seeds: Thai Basil
  • 3 or 6 Livi Pots
  • Seed-starting soil mix
  • Plastic sandwich bags (optional)

Grow it!

Mix some of the seed-starting soil and water in a large bowl to moisten it. It should be moist, but not soggy.Garden Therapy indoor herb collection set up

Add a small piece of newspaper or a piece of a coffee filter to the bottom of the insert pot. This will prevent soil from coming through the holes.

Fill each of the small plastic insert pots with loosely packed soil mix and make an indent in the top with your finger.

Plant 3-5 seeds in each indent and use your finger to cover them with soil.

Remove the film from the suction cups on the Livi Pots and attach them to a clean window, using the instructions provided with the pots. Insert the plastic pots of soil and seeds.

To create a mini greenhouse to germinate the seeds, cover the pot insert loosely with a plastic sandwich bag. Remove the bag for a moment each day to air it out.

Once the seedlings emerge, remove the bag altogether and let the seedlings bask in the sunlight.

Garden Therapy indoor herb collection (Parsley)

 

This limited edition kit is available only until they sell out. Get your before they are gone forever!

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