DIY Paper Making Frame, seed Paper Making Supplies, homemade Paper with Pressed Flowers.
(If not planning to plant the paper, a little dryer lint in the mix makes the paper stronger).
Directions: 1) I first bought an old picture frame from good-will, removed the backing and glass and stapled some screen scraps taught to the back of the picture frame.
5) Mix up the contents of the tub, submerge the frame and pull it straight up out of the water.The pulp that gathers is going to be your paper.* 6) Blot with a dry sponge to remove excess water, and lie flat on towels or other absorbent material to dry.Use paper punches to cut out fun shapes (ex: flower punch for paper with embedded flower seeds turn the paper into a binding for a journal, use for gift tags.3) The paper pieces then get soaked for a while in plain water, then the paper/water mixture is put into the blender to make as fine a pulp as you can, adding more water as needed.2) I next had my kids help me tear a lot of paper into really small pieces, shooting for 1"x1" size.By Bridget (Simi Valley embedded Seed Paper for Cardmaking Gifts.4) The entire pulp/water mixture gets put into a plastic tub or container larger than the picture frame.I do this one with my children (5 and 3) and we've used the same technique to make homemade cards, seed strips, and a ton of other things.The kids got to paint the gnome themselves, so it was even more special.We made a card from homemade paper with embedded seeds of parsly, basil and chives.
When big win football 2014 he was done reading his card, he was to plant it in the pot and grow a kitchen herb-garden.
The possibilities are endless!
You can add food coloring to get different color papers, add glitter to be embedded in, add pressed flowers or leaves, etc.
Paper and Cards and Seed Strips, Oh My!Note: if using newspaper or other paper with a lot of ink, you will end up with ugly gray end product.I like to use my shred pile from work as it's on white paper - but play with different kinds to find out what works best for you.Tip: I usually do a thin layer of pulp, item to embed, then another thin layer of pulp when doing bulky things like flowers and leaves.This fun gift idea has limitless variations, so have fun!From the kids that made the gift, to the recipient, and on through the rest of us who enjoy the outcome - it's been a cute gift.I'll tell you about my favorite one and you can vary it from there.My kids and I got a little windowsill planter and garden gnome off of the dollar-rack at Target.
We gave the gift to my step-dad (who loves to cook, hence the kitchen herbs) as a fathers day gift.
This fun gift idea has limitless variations, so have fun!