Got a case of the January blahs? A Valentine’s Day craft will pick ya right up! The big day is still a few weeks away so that gives you plenty of time to make lots and lots of these eco-friendly Valentines.
This is the DIY Valentine that keeps on giving. It’s a homemade paper heart filled with seeds. In the spring, your Valentine plant the paper heart and gets to watch the wildflowers grow. Now that’s a pretty cool Valentine.
How to Make Seed Paper Valentines
What You Need
- 1 cup of ripped-up newspaper or junk mail
- 2 cups of water
- Wildflower seeds
- 3 heart-shaped mini aluminum pie tins or silicone molds
- 2 large bowls
Prep Your Paper
- Tear the newspaper or junk mail into small pieces. This is the perfect task for tiny hands that need something to do! Be sure to throw in a few small pieces of red or pink paper.
- In a blender, blend the water and paper until it’s a chunky. It should look like oatmeal.
- Dump the mixture into a bowl.
- Take handfuls of the pulp and squeeze out most of the water. The pulp should now be moist, but not sopping wet.
- Put your squeezed-out pulp into a clean bowl.
Make Your Seed Paper
- Sprinkle your pulp with wildflower seeds and gently mix with your fingers.
- Divide your pulp into three equal parts.
- Mash each part into the mini pie tins or silicone molds.
- You can pat the tops dry with a cloth to get rid of excess moisture.
- After 24 hours, pop the paper hearts out of the tins and place them on a cookie rack for another 24 hours to finish drying.
- Attach these hearts to homemade cards or simply wrap them in wax paper and give away as Valentines.
Be sure your Valentine knows to plant the heart in the spring, water it well and watch a sweet patch of wildflowers come to life!
Clever Phrases You Can Use with Your Seed Paper Valentine
“Plant this heart and watch our friendship grow!” (kid-friendly)
“Sowing the seeds of love.”
“Add water. Watch love grow.”
“Plant this heart. Plant a kiss on my cheek!”