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Junk Mail Seed Paper- Just in Time for Spring!

on April 8, 2011

Article by: Sara Lopez

Trying to live a life that follows the reduce, reuse and recycle motto can be difficult at times. You recycle your bottles, you switch to a reusable water bottle, you pay your bills online, but every single week you open your mailbox and what’s there? Junk mail!

Here is an adorable craft on how to put that junk mail to good use by making junk mail recycled seed paper!

Materials:

  • A stack of unwanted junkmail (Make sure to remove plastic, fake credit cards, or any other material that is not paper.)
  • 8 popsicle sticks
  • screen material (you can get this from a hardware store or hobby shop)
  • hot glue gun
  • pack of wildflower seeds
  • cinnamon
  • warm water
  • blender
  • shallow wide pan
  • cookie sheet
  • stamp pad
  • fun stamps

Instructions:

First you are going to want to make your screen. Take four of your popsicle sticks and hot glue the ends to one another.

Place the screen on top of the popsicle sticks and hot glue the remaining for popsicle sticks on the other side, gluing the screen between the two frames.

Trim the screen down and cover the popsicle sticks and frame with electrical tape.

You have now created your screen frame!

Next you are going to make your paper!

Rip your junk mail into about ½-1 inch squares.

Put all of your ripped up junk mail into your blender and add warm water just so that it reaches the top of the paper.

Blend up until the consistency looks something like grist or oatmeal.

Take your big shallow pan and add warm water.

You want to scoop the shredded junk mail into the pan with warm water and mix in until it is a soupy thickness.

You can now add a few dashes of cinnamon and also add your wildflower seeds.

Holding your screen frame about the pan, scoop on the mixed up junk mail concoction until you have filled the square, making sure there are no huge gaps between the paper particles so it will make one sheet that will not crumble.

Carefully and quickly flip your screen frame onto a towel and before you remove your frame, dab the extra water off with a hand towel or washcloth.

Let your wet paper sit for a few minutes and then carefully fold the towel onto your hand, leaving the wet paper in your palm. (If you mess up and the paper rips, don’t worry! Just toss it back in the pan with warm water and screen it again!)

Set your wet paper onto a cookie sheet and let dry over night.

In the morning your seed paper should be all dried!

You can now cut your seed paper into pieces, or, like I did, rip it into pieces to keep the organic looking rough edges.

Take your favorite stamps and decorate your seed paper.

I sent my seed paper to my friends all over the U.S. and told them they could use them as bookmarks, artwork, etc. But when they are all finished with the seed paper, rip it into pieces and plant into the ground 2-4 inches apart and they have just planted wildflowers!

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