Recycled Seed Paper

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Recycled seed paper: an activity for children of all ages. In this activity, children will learn how making recycled seed paper is a fun way to reduce, reuse, and recycle (seed paper can be “planted” to allow the seeds to  grow).

This activity was adapted from a tutorial found on

  • Supplies:
    • old paper (newspaper, junk mail, unused napkins,) NOTHING GLOSSY
    • an old frame or 8 wide craft sticks/tongue depressors
    • craft glue
    • 2 screens, each measuring 6×6
    • electrical tape
    • blender
    • 3 tsp small and flat flower seeds (such as poppy, zinnia, mint, basil, etc) – use harvested seeds as able
    • dried petals
    • warm water
    • 2 towels
    • baking sheet
    • 9×13 pan
  • Soak the paper in warm water.
  • While the paper is soaking, glue four craft sticks together in a square design, creating a frame.
  • Lay the screen over the sticks and glue in place.
  • Glue four more crafts sticks on top of the screen, over the other sticks.
  • Place something heavy on the sticks until the glue dries.
  • Wrap the entire wooden frame in electrical tape.
  • Tear the paper into 1-2 inch pieces and put into a blender.
  • Cover the paper with warm water.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Fill half of a 9×13 pan with warm water.
  • Pour a bit of the mixture into a 9×13 pan and stir. The consistency should be similar to thin soup.
  • Stir in the seeds and flower petals.
  • Dip the screen into the pan and move it around until it’s completely covered.
  • Move the pulp off the edges of the frame with a butter knife or spoon so the pulp covers only the screen.
  • Place a towel on top and push gently against the paper to squeeze out the moisture.
  • Cover the counter with a dry towel.
  • Gently tip the screen, pulp side down, onto the towel.
  • With another towel, press down on the screen for 30-60 seconds to absorb the excess water.
  • Carefully lift the frame from the towel, leaving the pulp on the towel. Use a butter knife if necessary to separate the pulp from the frame.
  • Leave the paper on the towel until it’s dry enough to move to a baking sheet.
  • Allow the paper to dry overnight or use a blow-dryer or an iron (set on low)  for quicker drying.
  • When it’s dry, use it for cards, a gift of stationary or a bookmark (make sure to include planting instructions), or plant it in loose, moist soil–about 1/4 to 1/2 in deep.