Seed Paper from Recycled Grocery Store Ads
Does your mailbox fill up with newspaper ads from different grocery stores? Make them into plantable seed paper to give as gifts or plant in your own garden! Many grocery store ads are now compostable making them easy to break down with the seeds to grow pretty flowers from what could have been trash. Follow this GKC activity and have fun!
- Grocery Store Newspaper Ads
- Wildflower Seeds
- Blue and Green Food Coloring
- Tear the newspaper ads into strips then smaller pieces.
- Put the pieces of paper in a bowl and cover them with water. Let them soak for about 5 minutes.
- Break the newspapers into as small of pieces as you can in the water. The newspaper doesn’t have to be pulp, just small pieces.
- Drain most of the water and add the wildflower seeds. Mix the paper and seeds together.
- We separated the paper into two bowls and dyed some green and some blue. We had a small batch so only needed a couple drops of food coloring. Squeeze out the excess water once the paper pieces have changed color.
- Separate the colored paper into small batches on a plate for shaping. Press the extra water out with a towel or your hands. Shape into flat circles.
- Lay the seed paper out in the sun to dry. Once the seed papers are dry plant them in loose soil. Give them sunlight and water, then watch your flowers grow!