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This Christmas, I decided to make my own presents. The two presents I made in advance were homemade vanilla extract and homemade vanilla sugar. The making of these two presents is incredibly easy–they’re basically “set it and forget it” recipes.

In addition to these gifts, I thought it would be a neat idea to make plantable seed cards to hang around the bottles.

Plantable seed cards are super easy to make. You can use most seeds for this project. In my project, I used a combination of marigold and zinnia seeds.

Here are the materials you’ll need for this project:

  • Shredded paper
  • A blender
  • Screen attached to a frame
  • Wax paper
  • Plastic tub
  • Water
  • Seeds
  • Baker’s roller
  • Cardboard

Here are the directions according to the way that I made it:

Step 1. Take your shredded paper and mix it with water.

Seed Card Making

Step 2. Put this water/shredded paper mixture into a blender and process until pureed.

Seed Card Making

Step 3. Position the screen over the tub and spread the paper pulp onto the screen into a thin layer.

Seed Card Making

Let drain until it stops dripping.

Step 4. Put wax paper over the screen and flip the paper over onto the wax paper.

Step 5. Get out your seeds. Feel free to use whatever you want–basil, poppy, wildflower–anything! For this card, I used a mix of zinnia and marigold seeds. Note: Make sure not to use seeds of any invasive species in your mix!

Seed Card Making

Step 6. Sprinkle seeds on the pulp.

Seed Card Making

Step 7. Fold the pulp over in half, put another layer of wax paper over the pulp so that there is wax paper on both sides of the paper, and use a baker’s roller to flatten the pulp out to about 1/4 inch thick.

Seed Card Making

Step 8. Put a towel on the paper and lay a piece of cardboard over it. Press as much water out as you can and then remove.

Step 9. Let dry for at least 24 hours.

Step 10. Cut and enjoy!

Homemade Vanilla Extract and Vanilla Sugar


Note: Another way to get the seeds in the paper would be to mix it in the pulp, in a bowl after you’ve pureed the pulp. This is a great option when using smaller seeds or ones that seem less susceptible to breaking. However, I did not do it that way because I was afraid that the kind of seeds I was using would have a higher chance of breaking when rolling the paper out.

I hope you enjoyed this how-to post! Now go out there and make some seed cards, tiger!


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