How To Make Plantable Seed Paper At Home

Want to make some homemade plantable seed paper? Use our simple guide to repurpose and reuse any old recyclable paper you have lying around and create paper filled with herb, vegetable or wildflower seeds.

What You'll Need

Most of the equipment needed for making plantable paper can be found in your kitchen with relative ease.

* Please note the paper screen otherwise known as a Mould & Deckle is optional but will help you create a more professional finish to your seed paper.
Cups of recyclable paper (3-4)
Seeds of your choice 
Some warm water in a container 
Terry cloth, dishcloth or micro fibre towel
*Paper screen (Mould & Deckle)
Strainer
Sponge

Preparing Your Paper Pulp

Recycled Paper

Collect up any unused old paper you can get your hands on. This can take the form of newspapers, discarded receipts, egg cartons,  paper grocery bags and any of that unsolicited mail you receive.

Soak Your Paper Mix

Tear your paper into small pieces and soak it in your warm water for around 15 minutes in total. You can use this time to find and prepare your blender.

Grab A Blender

It's best to use a hand blender at this point to avoid excess cleaning or causing any damage to the internal unit. Anyone else you live with will not appreciate the odd poppy seed in their smoothie.

Blending Your Paper

Once your paper has soaked for approximately 15 minutes you can begin to turn your mixture into a pulp. To achieve this begin blending on a low setting for 10-15 seconds, this will break down all of the larger pieces of paper before increasing the blenders intensity for around 30 seconds to ensure all of the paper is properly pulped.

Pro Tip: Never add your seed mix pre-blending, the seeds will be destroyed in the process.
recycled paper shredded and ready for pulping
seeds ready to be embedded in paper

Create A Seed Mix For Your Plantable Paper

Now you've created the perfect medium to add your seeds to, you'll need to pick the varieties you would like to add. Things to consider:
You can use flower, vegetable or herb seeds
We recommend native species
Consider the time of year for planting
Smaller seeds are easier to work with
You can mix different varieties of seeds
Think about pollinator friendly species

Stir & Strain

Sprinkle in a tablespoon of your seed mix and stir gently until the seeds have been evenly dispersed throughout your paper mixture. Now you can pour your mixture into a strainer to begin to remove the excess moisture within the pulp.

Use your hands or a spoon to apply pressure to the mixture and squeeze out the water. Don't apply too much pressure to avoid damaging the seeds.
seeds being mixed in to paper pulp
spreading out paper pulp on a mould and deckle

Spread Out Your Paper

Using a flat surface spread out your Terry cloth, dishcloth or microfibre towel.  Extract and spread your mixture thinly across the surface of your cloth or towel. Use your sponge to flatten out any uneven areas and soak up any excess water left in your paper.

*If you have a Mould & Deckle (as pictured) available you can use it to replace the cloth or towel and produce seed paper in a perfect rectangle with a much more consistent finish. We aim to make a detailed guide on how to use a Mould & Deckle for seed paper soon.

Drying

After you have sponged off your seed paper and flattened it suitably you can leave it to dry for a few hours until completely dry on one side. After this occurs flip over your seed paper and dries the opposite side for a few more hours.

Once the drying process is complete you're all set to start cutting, crafting or painting your plantable paper creations.
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