Grow your love even more this Valentine’s day with this DIY seed card
Bring your gifts to life this Valentine’s Day with a personal and unique gift for your loved one. Don’t just send a card, send a card that keeps on giving in the form of herbs, vegetables or flowers. Stand out from the ordinary with this step by step DIY Valentines’ activity by making biodegradable plantable gift cards with embedded seeds in them.
How it works
This DIY activity is fairly easy to make as it does not require any use of special equipment. Seed paper is paper that has small seeds embedded into it. When the paper is placed on soil and watered, the paper decomposes whilst the seeds germinate and sprout seedlings which will grow into mature plants.
Let your Valentine know how much they have grown on you by making them something special. Here is what you will need:
You will need
Method for activity
Step 1: Prepping your paper
Collect your assorted paper scraps and place them in a covered bowl/dish with hot water. Ensure the level of water does not allow the paper to dry out, and soak for at least 8 hours.
Step 2: Blending
After your paper has soaked, blend it with some of its soaking water until its completely pulp. Should you decide to work with a lot of paper, make sure to blend the paper in batches.
Step 3: Prepping the Frame
Clean your old frame by removing any excess material like glass, staples or any nails carefully. Take your pantyhose and stretch 1 leg over the frame. Stretch and adjust it until it’s tightly and evenly pulled across the frame. Tie a knot to keep it in place and cut off any extra.
Step 4: Making the paper
Dip your frame slowly and carefully into your pulp in a scooping motion, gently shaking the frame to even out the pulp over the surface of your frame, allowing the water to drain out.
Step 5: Making the paper
Place a piece of your fabric /cloth near your tub and ensure this is on a flat non-absorbent surface.
Place a weighted flat object enough to fully cover the paper to press out the last bit of the water and leave it for 15+ minutes. The paper should be mostly dry from pressing it with a towel.
Step 6: Making the Paper
Now leave these to dry completely! This takes different lengths of time, depending on how hot and humid it is where you live. Once these are dry, peel them off the counter. You may need a knife or other thin object to help get the edges started.
Step 7: Making It a Card
Using a ruler to help crease these makes it a lot easier to fold, since they’re thick and sometimes have seeds in the way of the crease. Trim the edges as desired using a scissor or ruler.
Growing your card
To grow the card: Dig a hole large enough for the card to be flat. You can tear the card into pieces to fit smaller areas such as a pot. Water the card thoroughly, cover with soil, and then water again. The paper will compost into the soil and help hold moisture until the seeds start to grow.
Depending on your what seeds you used, you should start seeing sprouts very soon!
Benefits of plantable gift cards
Seed-embedded paper has both social and environmental benefits.
Socially, seed paper plays a pivotal role in creatively changing the way people think of trash. Plantable paper is a sustainable means of reducing waste and repurposing used products.
Environmentally, seed paper is made from recycled materials, making it biodegradable with zero waste. It also encourages people to start planting home gardens and improves soil quality be it in the garden or in a small pot.
Source: Life is a garden