Hey! This is going to be a quickie, just to give a few ideas of what to do with seeded paper. This is really a post for all the Hometalkers who are not only loaded with ideas, but questioned the reasoning behind making it all…(like my husband).
As I said, Hometalkers are FULL of ideas. Some of the best ideas were obvious, such as wedding items that could then serve as favors (I can’t think of the stupid word…the things on the table that tell you where to sit…stupid pregnancy brain.)
Kathy from Virginia suggested it as a good welcome to the neighborhood gift…
Bearwoods is a teacher and made it with her science class…
This being made as a craft at camp sounded great, too! You miss your babies that are gone for the week (I think you’d miss them…right?), then in the mail you get a wonderful little, “I’m having a great time” card. The lady who suggested it actually had the kids make them in heart cookie cutters! Too cute!
What I thought was the most sentimental was including them (as bookmarks, flower shapes…whatever) in condolence cards. I think they would be great if you send out thank you’s after a funeral. I actually think it’s a silly thing to do, but have received them, so I know people do it. The close family usually divvies up all the live plants, but what about every one else? It would be nice to have something growing in remembrance, right? Have them available at the funeral home, even, for friends/loved ones to take home and plant.
Of course, within any type of thank you is a great idea.
My mother has lost not one, but two dogs these past few months, and I think I’m going to have the kids help me make a card for her to plant. Jill D from Portland received a condolence card with them in the shape of paw prints.
I made some more paper last night. I’m going to admit that the first paper I made (what I shared with you) was a total experiment and I really didn’t include seeds that I even thought would germinate. So yesterday I was over to my in-laws house and they allowed me to raid their seed stash. I was like a kid in a candy store!
Armed with fifty flower varieties I went to work when I got home. I was going to raid the fire starting box for paper, but just the day before had gotten some paper for really cheap at the flea market. I decided to use that to get very specific bold colors. I know…not recycling but I do what I want. I paid 75 cents for a whole pack and didn’t use 1/4 of it…so I don’t feel bad. I used ten sheets, made ten sheets (smaller, but much cooler).
My favorite was the last piece, using the little bit leftover from all the colors:
Anyway, for my card today I tore a strip of purple to use with a full sheet of green (5 x 7) and cut flower shapes from orange.
Of course, write planting instructions on everything! I put it where it would be covered on the sheet of green (don’t worry, It’ll be seen before planted!
I used my Exacto knife to cut a slit through all three layers, then a pronged paper fastener to attach it. Nothings glued…it will all come apart when those fasteners are removed. I didn’t think of it, but I should have cut my slit before I wrote planting info, I’m actually not sure you can read them all clearly (I didn’t look). There are three, surely b/w them all she’ll figure it out!
I added a handwritten note to the inside (something to the effect of I know I’m a lousy friend, and I probably won’t make any more time this year than before, but I do think of you all and here’s some flowers…
I know. I’m the kind of friend you want!
Here’s another post card (not folded) style we made for the DNR lady who puts on a pre-school group at our local wildlife refuge. The twins love the program, and I’m not sure how many more we’ll make it to so we went ahead and took a card this time to thank her (they’ve been going for 2 years but will be in school for the next round).
The prongs don’t look too bad from the note side and it makes it possible to send different varieties without glueing.
So….to clarify…although this paper does grow, the intention is to share! If you just want to make yourself something now to set your seed spacing or whatever, yes, you can just use toilet paper. This is a craft/gift idea…not for the set farmer type who doesn’t deal in such frivolous things (like my husband…but it is the kind of thing his wife would like).
‘Til next time!