This is a great project for children - especially littles who like to tear paper to bits and shreds. (ahem - like my littles - who looked at me questioningly when I asked them "would they please rip up this stack of paper from our recycling bin into the smallest pieces they possibly could." When Johann was sure I meant what I said - he happily occupied himself ripping and ripping for quite a while)
We made the seed paper by
- Ripping up paper we found in our recycling bin at home
- Soaking the paper bits in water and letting them sit overnight
- Pureeing the bits in a blender,
4. Stirring in 4 packets of wildflower seeds with a spoon
5. Spreading out the puree on a screen to dry in front of a fan. (the paper puree needs to be spread as thin as possible on the screen so that it can dry as quickly as possible)
- When the paper was dry, we cut it into circles, and glued it to the center of each of some cardstock flowers, along with a little stick for the flower stem, and a note telling his friends how to plant the seed paper later.
The boys had such fun pushing the button on the blender and watching their paper shreds turn into a pulpy goo that they have requested we make paper again next weekend. So we may be diving back into our paper recycling bin for another batch soon!