DIY Seed Paper Hearts
DIY Valentine Seed Paper Hearts
If you're ready to make the most adorable and surprisingly EASY DIY Valentine's day greeting and gift, try my DIY Valentine Seed Paper Heart tutorial. This is the sweetest gift that keeps on giving and can be used for any holiday - just change the shape of your cookie cutter!
Can't you see these as little shamrocks for St. Patty's Day and evergreen trees for holiday? I love the petite size too that make them adorable gift toppers. I riffed off of this wonderful tutorial by Meghan at Jamonkey who has great photos to walk you through as well.
Here's what you need for your DIY Valentine Seed Paper Hearts
- 10 sheets red and pink construction paper - you can also use half red and half natural color if that's what you have on hand.
- Wildflower seeds - a lot - few big packages
- Big bowl that you don't use for food
- Hand mixer that you don't use for food - dollar store?
- Heart cookie cutter - we used a 2" cookie cutter
- Cookie sheet
- Paper towel (few sheets)
- Cooling rack
- Screen of some kind - I used a double layer of tulle I had in my scrap fabric bin
- Small terra cotta pots - dollar store for a 3 pack - they're in the gardening section and so adorable
- Dirt/soil from your back yard - optional if you want to do the full meal deal gift, otherwise you can print these printables below and glue your hearts to the cards that you print on card stock
Here's what you do to make your DIY Valentine Seed Paper Hearts
If you want to see photos, visit this great tutorial page at Jamonkey. If you're cool with written instructions, follow along below. So fun and easy!
- Grab the kids and start shredding the paper into your bowl. You could use your paper shredder, but that's kind of lazy. hehe! Kidding, I would use a shredder in a heartbeat!
Now get some warm water running from the kitchen sink. Run the water over the paper until the paper is submerged under water. You don't really need THIS much water, but it will help make your pulp faster and your mixing easier.
- Let the paper sit overnight. Hard, I know, but do it.
When you come back to your soggy paper start mixing it into a pulp. Pour off the excess water, but don't squeeze the water out.
- Pour in your flower seeds and GENTLY mix with a spoon.
Now lay your drying rack. Here's the order: cookie sheet, paper towels, cooling rack, screen or tulle.
- Okay! Place your heart cookie cutter in the upper right of your drying rack apparatus. Push the paper pulp into the cutter and into the grooves/rounds. Aim for about 1/4" thick. I know it's hard to tell, but basically you want less than half of the cutter filled.
Gently push your pulp heart out of the cutter and move onto the next heart. When you've filled your rack, take your toothpick and GENTLY poke a little hole in the top of the heart where you would like to string some twine to use as a gift topper. This step is optional.
- Now...walk away for a day. Seriously, it will take a full day for these babies to dry out.
When they are setting up you can flip them if you like.
Oh these are cute! When they're dry, gently remove them and add your twine. If you're doing the potted gift, add them to your pot and spruce it up for a gift. Add ribbon, paint the pot, etc. Let the kids have fun with their art.
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