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Plantable Paper

Plantable Paper
Plantable Paper
Plantable Paper

This has got to be one of my new favorite crafts, and my kids' too! Who knew you could make paper so easily... paper that grows flowers!

How We Did It

Plantable Paper
We gathered our scrap paper and some sheets of newspaper.
Plantable Paper
Emma enjoyed tearing the paper and adding it to the blender.
Plantable Paper
We filled our blender about half way with paper and added hot water. Be sure the paper is covered completely with hot water. We let it sit for about 15 minutes to soften the paper.
Plantable Paper
Next, I took over and blended up our mixture until I had a soft mush. There will be water on the very top that can be poured right out.
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We placed a sheet of felt on top of a paper grocery bag and I gave the kids a big scoop of the paper mush. They used their hands to press it out and make it as thin as they could.
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Next we added the flower seeds by sprinkling them right on top and pressing them into the paper.
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When we had our seeds pressed in well and a nice thin layer of paper we moved our felt to a new grocery bag and set it aside to dry.
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After day one I flipped it over to a new felt sheet. It took about another day or two to dry out completely. When it does it lifts up from the felt like this.
Plantable Paper
Emma carefully cut out shapes with scissors. She planted one right away and made a few special shapes to be gifts for friends and family. We are very excited to see our flowers bloom.

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I want to try this with my 2nd graders. Can you reuse the felt after you do this project, like for another year? Or does the process destroy the felt? I have 29 kids and will need alot of felt, it would be nice if I can reuse it for at least a few times. Thanks!

posted by: Jennifer on 4.28.2013

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Oh and also...you could use a large window screen as an alternative to dry your paper. I just didn't have one handy.

posted by: Melissa on 5.6.2013

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Hi Jennifer, I dried my felt out to reuse and it dried just fine. It does get bits of paper stuck to it, but we didn't mind! ;) Thanks for the comment. Hope the kids enjoy making paper!

posted by: Melissa on 5.6.2013

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This is great! Will definitely try it with my after school art club. A couple of questions: 1. how long does the seed paper last before it has to be planted? 2. any particular seeds you recommend? 3. how much do you think a blender full makes? try to adjust the amount for 20 children. 4. i'll want to make it in stages, since I can't have the kids wait the 15 minutes. if I blend a batch, how long can the soaked batch sit before it needs to be spread out? Sorry for all the questions. :)

posted by: Arianna on 3.19.2013

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Hi There! 1. I don't think there is any time frame that the paper should be planted in. it is completely dry so no chance of it sprouting. 2. I used a wild flower mix, some seemed to sprout faster in our sample, but I have no idea which that was. Sorry! 3. Our blender was 1/4 of the way full with the mush and it made three large sheets of paper. I would say maybe two full blenders would cover your class. 4. Not sure about this, but I would want to move faster for this step. It is a good consistency at this point for the kids to work with. Hope that helps!!

posted by: Melissa on 3.19.2013

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