Updated: Feb 19
Looking for a unique, creative Valentine for your kiddos to give to their friends? These DIY seed paper Valentine's make the sweetest gift! When the recipient is ready, they can plant these hearts in their garden and watch the flowers grow. How cool is that?
To make these, you will need a few simple things:
Paper - We used 6 sheets of colored construction paper
*Do not use paper with a shiny coat as it will not break down as easily
*If you don’t have colored paper, it’s okay to use a few drops of food coloring
Boiling Water - 1 Cup per 6 sheets
Flower Seeds - We used 5 packets
*A smaller seed works best, such as Burpee Wildflower Cutting Mix
Heart Cookie Cutter
*Dye may stain towel
Screen - We used a grease splatter screen
Cookie rack for drying
Begin by tearing up the paper and placing the bits and pieces in a bowl. The smaller the size, the better. But my 2 and 4 year old were helping me, so some sizes were a little bigger than others.
Next, add the boiling water to the bowl of paper. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes. The longer the better, but I'm impatient. : )
Place wet paper in your food processor and blend to a pulp.
Return your pulp mixture to your bowl and mix in your seeds. It is important to do this by hand after you process it, as the blades could damage the seeds.
Next, lay out your towel and place your mesh screen on top of it. Then place your cookie cutter on top of the screen.
Grab a cookie dough size scoop of your seed pulp and place it in the heart cookie cutter. Gently press down on the pulp to fill in the cookie cutter and squeeze out as much water as you can.
Then gently press the molded heart out of the cookie cutter, and transfer to a cookie sheet.
Once you are finished making your hearts, place cookie sheet in a warm area with good air circulation to dry. Leave to dry for at least 24 hours.
Once dry, use a few drops of glue or double sided tape to place them on a card or save and print our free printable.
I hope you enjoy making these and giving them to your friends! I think they are the cutest and its exciting to think little flowers gardens will be spouting in the summer because of it!