Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Mother's Day...And a Card Idea!

It’s that time of year again.  Sappy commercials and brightly colored store displays tell me it’s Mother’s Day again.  Ugh.  Now, don’t get me wrong…I’m a huge fan of my mom and grandmothers.  But I could really just skip Mother’s Day altogether.  I’m sure (read hoping) this year will be better, at least a little bit, but I’m still sad thinking of not having Caroline here.  I’m also terrified that someone will wish me a happy first Mother’s Day.  Yeah, thanks…not so much.

I’m sharing a little idea with you today that I think is neat for a few reasons.  First and foremost, I don’t have to stand in the store and shop for a card (and cry).  Second, I think homemade things are more special.  Third, being a one income family now, it’s nice to save money wherever we can.  And cards can get expensive.  So, here it is:  How to make a flower seed paper card.  These are pretty rad because you can actually plant the paper and flowers will grow!  A card AND flowers, see, rad!

First, gather your supplies:
  • Scraps of construction paper
  • Packets of flower seeds (I used Impatience and Forget-Me-Nots for 2 separate batches)
  • Water
  • Blender or Food Processor
  • Colander
  • Paper Towels
  • Any card making supplies you would like

Rip the construction paper into small pieces

Place paper in blender (or food processor) and add enough water to just cover the paper

Blend until mostly smooth - this WILL smell just like kindergarten!

Gently stir flower seed packet into mixture

Pour mixture into colander and allow water to drain.  I found it helpful to press some of the water out…but be gentle.  You don’t want to lose paper or seeds through the colander.

Transfer mixture onto paper towels and press into a thin layer.  Place another layer of paper towels on top to help wick away moisture.  Allow to dry overnight or until completely dry.  Mine took about 24 hours.

Finally, just create and decorate a card however you want.  Cut flower paper into design and tape or glue onto front of card.

Now, you’ve got a pretty card to give your mom!  Yay!

Happy Mother's Day to all my special friends.  I will be thinking of you all and saying a prayer for all of those who have to endure a Mother's Day without their precious ones.  

***** Edited to clarify *****
You plant the paper that you made/dried.  Just pull off the design that you cut out, plant, water, and wait! :)

And I would LOVE to see your cards.  Send me pictures of your completed cards!


  1. This is a great idea Nicole - thanks for sharing. So, just to be clear - you just plant the little part that you made and dried right? Like that little flower you have on the card?

    I may give this a shot - what kind of flower seeds did you use?

  2. Yeah, that's what you plant. I edited the post to add these details. Thanks for letting me know that wasn't clear!

    I used Impatience for my mom's card, but I tried some Forget-Me-Nots, too. The Forget-Me-Nots have very small seeds, so I just added a paper towel in the colander to keep the seeds from escaping down the drain.

  3. This is a great idea - thank you! I have received plant-able cards in the past but hadn't thought to make my own.

  4. Wow I have never seen anything quite like that, thanks for sharing!