DIY seed paper for Earth Day is a great, conscious way to celebrate the earth and give back. A mixture of paper, water, and seeds creates a fun way for children to participate in the beauty nature brings. My little one LOVES watching his DIY seed paper sprout up after we have planted it in the good soil.
This craft is a great group craft or also makes a great gift to share on Earth Day. I have created a printable tag for you to download and print to attach to your Earth Day seed paper. Last year during the 2020 distancing that happened in April, we mailed our seed paper to friends near and far. What child doesn’t love getting a gift in the mail? Once your seed paper is ready to go, there are so many ways you can share the goodness of the Earth God has trusted us to take care of.
Another option for your seed paper is to use recycled paper from your recycling pile. Recycle old newspaper or junk mail and create seed paper from it. Instead of using colored paper, you can use recycled paper and leave it as is or paint it with non-toxic paints.
Add this Earth Day Printable to your seed paper activity to learn more about how we can help the Earth each day. Printable includes Earth to color along with recycling symbols to share how your child can help the Earth each day.
Mobile serves as a craft with a daily reminder for how your child can help the Earth throughout the year.
If you are looking for more spring time activities to do with your little, check out my Spring Time Early Learning Bundle here in my learning shop!
Are you ready to get started on your DIY seed paper for Earth Day? You will need to grab a few simple supplies from around your house, paper, water, and seeds. Here are the instructions…
Earth Day Seed Paper
- A blender
- Small screen strainer
- A baking sheet or flat surface with a towel or mesh screen
- 4 cups warm water about 4 cups
- 20 sheets paper – green and blue I used tissue paper, but construction paper would work, too
- 2 packets of Seeds : we used a wild flower blend from Lowes but you can use whatever seeds you would like
- Shred all of your paper and keep the colors separate. You can use scissors, your hands, or a paper shredder.
- Add one color and 2 cups of water to the blender. Blend until you have an apple sauce like consistency.
- Put your paper in a bowl and add your seeds and mixing them in to the pulp at this step.
- Add some pulp to your strainer and strain off some of the water. You will want to keep some water so it sticks together.
- Start by making a blue circle shape in your hand and adding portions of green pulp to the center. You can gently press the shape between your hands to squeeze off some of the water. Heart earth shapes are also cute, too!
- Make your shapes about 1/4” thick. The thicker the paper the longer it takes to dry. The thinner the paper the harder it is to remove from the screen and the easier it is to tear.
- Now lay your shape on the flat surface with the towel or screen.
- Continue until you have used all of your pulp. My mixture made about 15 shapes about 2-3" in diameter.
- Depending on how hot it is, your seed paper might take a couple days to dry. If it is 80 degrees+ it should only take 10 or so hours. Placing your seed paper outside if it is warm will help speed up the process.