Recycled Seed Paper Valentines

Looking for a sustainable and heartwarming Valentine’s Day gift? Upcycled, plantable seed paper was our pick. Craft it at home for a low-waste, eco-friendly present. Your valentine will love it – and they can plant it right outside in the spring for flowers to sprout up.

Step 1: Gather your supplies: a blender, old paper, one packet of small flower seeds (bonus if they’re native to your area!), a strainer, and two microfiber cloths. First, tear up clean paper from your recycling bin into small pieces. Fill the blender half full with the recycled paper.

Step 2: Pour warm water into the blender gradually and blend to create a paper pulp. Blend until no pieces remain. Your mixture should not be thick. We also added some dried rose petals for a little extra special pizzazz.

Step 3: Pour your paper pulp in a strainer and drain as much water out as possible. Before or after this process, you can mix in your seeds (we picked bachelor button and alyssum – any small seeds will do). A teaspoonful should work. Do not blend seeds!

Step 4: Spread the pulp mixture as thinly and evenly as you can over a microfiber cloth, using another to sponge off excess water and flatten the homemade sheet of paper. Let dry near a fan. Once paper is completely dry in a few hours, cut into a shape, decorate with dried flowers, and show your favorite gardener you love them bunches!