DIY Handmade Seed Paper
Hello Graphics Fairy friends and makers! It’s Rebecca E. Parsons, aka Cre8tiva, sharing a fun DIY tutorial with you – DIY Handmade Seed Paper! I am sure you love the look and feel of handmade papers as much as I do. I have a special twist for you with our gorgeous paper – you can plant it and grow lavender (or any other plant with smallish seeds). You can also write on it or make a card or tag that all become gifts within a gift. We will add a beautiful TGF Lavender Frond on ours. As always, I will include my hard earned tips and hints to help you achieve great results!
A Word About Seed Paper
You create seed paper by mixing plant seeds into new or recycled papers, which has been blended into pulp. I have made papers with all sorts of seeds – flower, herb, and veggie. Two of my faves are lavender and wildflower mix. Additionally, I love to place a drop of scent on the paper, for just a hint of fragrance. TIP: This paper works best with seeds that are on the smaller and softer side, not the larger pod like ones. As always, go with what you have or what you love.
Gifting Seed Papers
I usually try to match the seed choice to the person I am going to gift. You can even make the paper or tag the gift itself. You could use the paper to make a gift card for a loaf of homemade lavender bread. Include the recipe for an added touch. Hang the tag around a bottle of wine as a hostess gift that keeps on giving
Papers to Use
I actually like to use plain white papers for most of my seed papers. I like the contrast between the white of the paper and the seeds. Sometimes I will use a high-fiber cotton stationery or resume paper because it feels so yummy to the touch. But you can recycle letter or bill papers, newspaper, tissue paper, light cardboard, cards, construction paper, toilet paper, napkins, or paper towels. Almost any non-glossy or coated paper will do. Hint: Printed newsprint will give a gray look to the paper you may love.
Step 3 – Remove Paper from Mold: When the majority of the water soaked up, gently remove the paper from your mold. Place it carefully on a washcloth. (image left) HINT: The paper is very fragile when wet, so handle with extra care. If the paper is still fairly damp, you can cover it with another washcloth and gently roll it with a rolling pin. (image right) Be careful!
Step up 6 – Finishing: When paper is thoroughly dry, apply the TGF Lavender Image onto the paper. I printed my images on tissue paper. See our tutorial on How to Print on Tissue paper HERE. TIP: InkJet images can smear and bleed so seal them with several light coats of spray sealer before you apply them. You can use your favorite transfer method to place the image on the paper as well. We have several transfer methods for you HERE. Add a drop of lavender oil or scent to the edge of the paper for a light fragrance. You will have a textured paper with a natural look and feel with a heavenly scent.
Optional Tag: If you have enough pulp left, you can make a gift tag. Just use an open cookie cutter in the desired shape. I usually make hearts, but could not find the cutter for some reason. I used a star this time, which was more tricky because of the points. Squeeze excess water from pulp. (image left) Make sure you press the pulp into all the areas. (image right) Let it dry in the mold and gently press it out with your finger.
Our DIY Handmade Seed Paper can be planted in soil. Yep, you can grow plants with these lovely handmade papers. HINT: Make sure to tell the recipient what the paper is and which seeds you used. It should be apparent that the seeds on our paper are lavender since we included a lavender image. WINK! Here are directions you can send to the recipient.
- Rake moist soil to make it loose. Smooth to flatten.
- Place paper on the soil and cover it with ¼ inch of good, top soil.
- Water lightly daily to keep it moist.
- The seeds should sprout within two weeks.
Optional Add Ins
You can also add yarns, fibers, etc. to the pulp if you like before you mold it. The Handmade Seed Paper can also be tinted with dyes, inks, food coloring, or even torn pieces of colored tissue paper.
I hope that you had a bunch of fun creating DIY Handmade Seed Paper with me!! I made several sheets to use as thank you notes for people who gifted me during my cancer journey this Fall. When I am not exploring new and old Techniques for Mixed Media in my Graphics Fairy sandbox, I also create Photoshop Elements tutorials and craft project videos over on The Graphics Fairy Premium Membership site. You can find even more of my books, junk journals, mixed media art, classes, and whimsical shenanigans on Rebecca E Parsons Dot Com.