I love clever projects that the kids can make for friends and family. It makes the project more special for your kids because they worked so hard to make it. This is a great way to use any old newspaper or used computer paper. You can make these for anything, party favors, gift tags or even business cards! These take a bit of time to dry so this is not a project to start the day before your child needs them for school!
Here is what you need:
Paper or Colored Paper
Food Coloring (if you don't have colored paper)
Thin Seeds (we used Black Eyed Susan's)
Warm Weather 1. Tear Paper – Let your kids go to town tearing paper into little pieces and place them into a bowl. After you have all of your paper torn up, it's time to add your warm water.
2. Add Warm Water (and food coloring)– If you used colored paper you won't need food coloring and can just add your warm water. If you used white paper mix your warm water with the food coloring before adding to the paper. I used the McCormick neon pink one. 3. Let soak – Let your paper sit in the water for a couple of hours, maybe even overnight.
4. Blend paper into pulp – Then use a hand mixer to blend the paper into a pulp. You can see that my mixture had a sheet of paper that had some kind of coating on one side so it didn't blend into the pulp mixture. In the long run, though it looked really good in the project so I left it in there.
5. Drain water – Drain any excess water off the mixture, but make sure you leave it moist. Don't squeeze any water out because you need it to make it spreadable.
6. Sprinkle seeds into mix – Sprinkle your flower seeds into the pulp and blend well so that they are all throughout. Do not use the mixer or blender to do this because you could damage the seeds. 7. Prep screen – I used a splatter screen for this project but you can use a window screen or buy some screen from your local hardware store. Place your screen on top of a cooling rack with a paper towel underneath. As you mold the shapes it will start to leak through the screen. 8. Shape mixture – Hold your cookie cutter tightly against the screen. Put a spoonful of paper pulp mixture into the shape and use the spoon to push and move it to the sides. Get it as even as you can. Make sure your shape isn't too thin because when it dries it will get smaller, making it very brittle and hard to remove from your screen. 9. Let dry – After you have a few placed on your screen you can place them out in the sun to dry. I made these in winter so I didn't have much sun, I ended up placing a box fan over them to speed up the process. When I placed them out to dry I put the cooling rack on top of it to make sure that none of the hearts flew away and nothing accidentally hit them.
10. Carefully remove from screen – Once they were dry I had to bend the screen just to get them off. I suggest peeling them off yourself, just to make sure none of them get torn.
If you don't have a cookie cutter you can make one big sheet of paper and then cut the shapes with a die cut or freehand. I just wanted to make sure that they were all the same shape and I used every bit of the mixture. It's not like cookie dough that can be rolled back out and cut again. Well, you could, but you'd have to soak it again and then let it dry. No thanks!
11. Attach to Valentine card – After we were done with our hearts, I created the valentines that we would give to her friends. You can download the printable HERE. (This printable is copyright protected and can only be used for personal use, as in no selling my stuff yo!) Underneath the heart is instructions for the child to place the heart in a pot adding water and placing in the sun.
Isn't this such a cute idea for a valentine? Please share and Pin.