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Recycled Plantable Seed Paper

Crystalbrook Earth Kids

Upcycle your old newspapers, egg cartons, school reports and junk mail into something useful, cool and good for the garden! 

You can choose any kind of seed, from flowers to herbs to fruit and veg. Plant it in the ground and watch them grow, or keep the paper for a special letter, invitation or birthday card - there are so many great things to do with it!

What you’ll need:

  • Large pile of recyclable paper (newspaper, egg cartons, tissue paper etc) 
  • Blender
  • Seeds of your choice (we love native Australian seeds for this!)
  • Strainer 
  • Microfibre towel, cloth or flannel

What to do:

  1. Grab your paper, tear it up and shred it into tiny pieces 
  2. Place tiny pieces into the blender and fill it half-way
  3. Pour some warm water over the paper until you reach the max line
  4. Switch the blender on at a low speed for roughly 10 seconds. Then increase the speed for about 30 seconds more. There should be no more visible paper flakes remaining. 
  5. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of your plant seeds into the mixture and stir them in (don't blend). 
  6. Pour the mixture into a strainer and get rid of as much water as possible. You can use a spoon to press the mixture against the strainer to reduce even more water from the pulp 
  7. Lay out a piece of cloth, flannel or microfibre towel on a flat surface. Transfer the pulp and use a spoon to spread it over the fabric (make any shape you want, just be sure to spread it as thin as possible so it dries quickly) 
  8. Use a sponge to flatten the mix and soak up any remaining water. After the pulp has dried on one side, turn it over and allow the other side to dry completely. 
  9. Once dry, your recycled seed paper is ready! 

Recycled seed paper is great for planting as well as creating notes, invitations and postcards - time to get creative! 

Source: Nature Seed

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