Seed paper is a plantable paper craft. Directions below show you how to make paper that can be planted so that seeds in the paper will grow into flowers!
It is simple to make plantable seed paper. This craft involves soaking scrap pieces of paper in water for several hours, pulsing the scraps into a paste with a blender, and pressing the paste into a thin layer of seeded paper.
Waiting for the paper to dry is the hardest part! It takes about a day for it to dry out completely.
Once the paper is completely dry, you can cut it into seed paper hearts using my free download Heart Template.
How To Use Heart Shape Template
Pick from 3 heart shape sizes: small, medium, and large. Click to download the Heart Template:
Print the template and cut out the heart shape you want to use. Trace the heart shape on the back side of the plantable paper and use sharp scissors to cut out heart shape seed paper.
Or, use cookie cutters in hearts or other shapes to trace and cut seed paper in any shapes you want!
Making plantable seed paper is a great way to recycle used paper from the recycling bin. However, you can use whatever paper you have on hand.
Use white paper and food coloring to make plantable seed paper in your choice of colors! See directions for more details.
Fun Ways To Use Plantable Paper Hearts
Plantable paper hearts can be used for all kinds of occasions: Birthdays, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Wedding Favors, Holiday Gifts, Earth Day Celebrations, Mother’s Day Presents, and more!
Gifting ideas: Give seed paper hearts in small plastic bags or small flower pots.
More Seed Paper Garden Ideas
Earth Day Activities: Use flower seeds for flowers that attract bees and butterflies to your garden!
See what flowers we like to plant for pollinators in our blog post: How To Plant a Butterfly Garden.
Seed Paper Planting Instructions
Place seed paper under a thin layer of soil (plant in a small indoors container if it is not warm enough to plant seeds outdoors.)
Make sure it is planted in a sunny location and keep soil moist through seed germination. Water young plants as needed.
Germination usually takes 4-14 days.
- Flower Seeds
- Blender or Food Processor
- Mesh Splatter Screen
- Absorbent Towel
- Large Bowl
- Optional: Food Coloring
1. Rip paper into small 1-2 inch pieces and place into a large bowl. Cover paper scraps with water and soak several hours to overnight.
2. Place soaked paper pieces into a blender and pulse until a paste is formed. Add small amounts of water as needed to get the right consistency like a thick paste or soup. Gently stir (do not use blender for this part) flower seeds into the paste OR you can wait and add seeds to the top of the paper layer in Step 5.
IF YOU WANT TO ADD COLOR TO PAPER, add several drops of food coloring and continue to pulse and mix to desired color.
3. Place the mesh splatter screen on top of several layers of absorbent paper towels or cloths.
4. Spread the paper “paste” in a thin uniform layer, about 1/8 inch thick, directly on top of the mesh splatter screen. Use your fingers to press the paper paste to squeeze out excess water. The paper layer will still be wet to the touch.
5. Sprinkle the top of the paper paste with flower seeds. Gently press the seeds into the paper layer so that they become slightly embedded.
6. Allow plantable paper to dry completely before cutting into paper shapes. Drying out time can take 24 hours. See NOTES section for fast drying tips.
PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS: Place seed paper under a thin layer of soil (plant in a small indoors container if it is not warm enough to plant seed paper outdoors.) Make sure it is planted in a sunny location and keep soil moist through seed germination. Water young plants as needed. Germination usually takes 4-14 days.
Recommended seed paper dry time is overnight to 24 hours. To help speed up the paper drying process, place the paper near a gentle fan or air vent.