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Handmade Seed Paper

Welcome back to the May Arts blog!   Today we’re going to show you how to take those bits and pieces of scrap cardstock or paper and recycle them into a whole new product.   You’ll need just a few simple supplies and a kitchen blender.  Your kids will love this project too!  Even my husband was intrigued by the process.   It’s really easy and so much fun!   Ready?  

Supply List 

  • Scrap cardstock or printer paper (enough to equal 4-6 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11” paper)
  • Paint sticks or tongue depressors (this depends on the size of paper you want to make)
  • One square of metal screening (mine is 13 inches) (NOTE:  the cut edges can be sharp so don’t let your kids do this part)
  • Glue or staples
  • Duct tape
  • Water
  • Packet of flower or herb seeds
  • 13 x 9” pan plus a cookie sheet or another pan to catch drips
  • Several old towels
  • May Arts Natural Burlap Cord SP10, Woven Burlap 408

  • Optional – dried flower petals (I save the roses my hubby gives me 😉

Make the screen:

Lay 4 sticks so that they overlap one another to make a square.  Staple or glue together.

Lay the screening over the sticks.

Lay 4 more sticks over the screening; staple through all layers.  Cover with duct tape.  (I got so excited I forgot to take a picture before I used mine.  Love that hot pink duct tape!

 

Make the paper

Tear paper scraps into 1-2” pieces and place into the blender.  Pour in enough warm water to cover the paper.  Blend until the paper mixture looks like oatmeal.  (You may need to add more water as you blend.)

Cut the May Arts burlap cord and Woven Burlap into small pieces.  Place in the blender and blend for a few seconds.

 

Now, fill the 13 x 9” pan about half full of warm water.  Pour in enough pulp to make a thin “soup”.   (I experimented making some thicker and some thinner.  I liked both!)  Sprinkle in your packet of seeds (I used lavender seeds because they’re black) and crushed flower petals, if using, and stir them in.

Sorry, I got so excited I forgot to photograph this next part.

Lay your screen over the empty pan.  Ladle enough pulp into the screen to cover it.  Once the screen is covered, press the water out with the back end of a spoon, then, carefully tip the frame upside down over a doubled up towel.  With another towel, press on the screen to remove any excess water, then gently lift the frame.   Don’t worry if any edges stick; just gently coax them off with a table knife.

Repeat with the remaining pulp. 

When dry enough to move from the towel;  Lift and transfer the seed paper to cookie sheets and let dry overnight.

I got 5 – 12 inch seed papers from a single batch.  Some will have more petals than others.  That was ok with me because I liked the variety.

Here’s what the paper looks like when it’s dry.

You can see the bits of green and brown burlap, black seeds and colorful petals.   The paper will flatten out after it sits.

Ok, now that you have all that gorgeous paper, what are you going to do with it?  I have a few ideas but I bet you can think of many more.

I cut some into little heart shapes with a metal die and then,

packaged them up to use as wedding confetti.  I tied my glassine bag up with May Arts Baker’s Twine.  The quality of this twine is amazing!

Next, I tore the paper into rectangles to use as tags on packages.  Yes, you can stamp on it!

 A bit of May Arts Burlap String, a natural Kraft glassine bag and a tiny clothes pin are all it takes to whip up a quick gift for a friend.

And, finally, I cut and stamped some larger hearts as embellishments for cards.  I used my favorite May Arts Textured Lines (PR08) ribbon on this one….The paper is Celebration from the Graphic 45 Le’ Romantique Collection. 

Using the same card layout, I added May Arts Cotton Stripes to a fun floral from Simple Stories 100 Days of Summer Collection along with a pretty border die cut and a tiny paper rose.

Thanks for joining us on the May Arts Blog.  We hoped we’ve inspired you to use those scraps of paper and ribbon in a new way!  You can find a printable tutorial for the May Arts Handmade Seed Paper HERE.

Blog post by: Charlene Driggs

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  1. Idania

    Instead of a towel I used parchment paper then I rolled it with an empty bottle of wine. It worked great it made the paper even thinner and the water drain to a maximum
    I have pictures
    Keep on crafting

    Reply
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  3. B. Poteraj

    That's so cool. But I don't know if I could bring myself to cut up my burlap ribbon.

    Reply
  4. Yvonne Williams

    Love the pretty paper.  I too am inspired to try some.  I can hardly wait for school to be out so I can have my favorite 9 yr old scrapper/granddaughter over to help make some.  Thank you!

    Reply
  5. jen shears

    Holy cow! What an absolutely amazing idea- and gorgeous results!!! xoxo!

    Reply
  6. Ellen

    Thanks for sharing this awesome tutorial! Your projucts are stellar!

    Reply
  7. Melissa H.

    This is sooo cool! Your awesome! Thanks for sharing. Got to try this.

    Reply
  8. Gloria Westerman

    This is so cool!!! I love this idea….with all the fibers and then seeds….so clever and what a unique gift……thank you so muhc for sharing this with us…..

    Reply
  9. Barbara johnson

    Beautiful paper!  Thank you for the instructions!  Handmade paper has a quality of its own that is very special. I loved the ways you used it too. Just beautiful!!

    Reply
  10. Kristie Maynard

    This is wonderful!  I love the seed paper and the projects you made with it.  This is a definate "must do"  thanks!

    Reply
  11. Dorina D

    Excellent tutorial., I love the addition of burlap and roses. Makes the paper so much nicer. THanks

    Reply
  12. Ruby C

    Great tutorial on how to make handmade paper. Love the paint stick screen. Great idea to add the burlap. Your paper turned out lovely and I love all the great ideas on how to use the paper.

    Reply
  13. DebbieC.

    Wow it made gorgeous paper.  Thanks for the instructions.

    Reply
  14. Kimberlly Jones

    I was so excited to see this tutorial Charlene! I'm getting ready to make handmade paper myself, and I enjoyed your photos and the ideas for using the finished product. I wanted to incorporate ribbon, but hadn't thought of the little snippets! Wonderful project!

    Reply

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