I am so excited to share our seed paper project and this amazing round of posts with you. A large group of my blogging friends and I have come together to participate in Booking Across the USA. Each blogger chose an author from one of the states and will be creating a craft or activity to go along with one of that authors books.
I chose Florida. I was born in Florida and moved away at only 6 weeks old. But almost every summer we visited my grandparents in Orlando. So Florida is a state that I am pretty fond of.
The Books of Eric Carle
My author is Eric Carle. While he was born in New York, he and his wife now split their time between the Florida Keys and North Carolina. Let me tell you, it is very hard to choose only one book of Eric Carle’s to do a craft with. There are so many Eric Carle crafts and activities out there.
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
I finally ended up choosing The Tiny Seed as our book for this project.
We started our project by following a tutorial on using an electric mixer to paint with kids over on Growing a Jeweled Rose. It was the perfect idea to create the background for our cards. Once I saw the finished project, I knew it was the method I wanted to use for tying our project in with the book. Look at the patterns it created for the background to our cards! Very similar to the paint patterns within the book. And the kids had so much fun using the hand mixer to paint. I also wanted to tie our book craft together by incorporating seeds to give as gifts.
How to Create Seed Paper
We let the paintings dry and started on creating our seed paper (the flower above). I made a short video tutorial below for you to follow to make your own. But first you will need:
- 10 sheets construction paper in preferred color
- tiny flower seeds of your choice
- cookie cutters
And if you’d rather follow written directions, here are the steps:
- 10 sheets construction paper
- tiny flower seeds
- cookie cutters
- Tear paper into pieces
- Let soak in bowl of water for an hour
- Strain, then blend, adding water as needed
- Add flower seeds and mix
- Spread onto towels and flatten
- Let dry for 24-48+ hours
- Use cookie cutters to make outline
- Cut carefully with scissors
Print Mother’s Day Here –> Tiny Seed Mother’s Day <– Print Mother’s Day Here
Print Spring Here –> Tiny Seed Spring <– Print Spring Here
Print Back of Card Here –> Tiny Seed Card Back <– Print Back of Card Here
Print Complete Set Here –> Tiny Seed Card Set <– Print Complete Set Here
The we finished by gluing the card fronts and back instructions onto the paintings. And we just used a few little drops of glue to affix the seed paper onto the front of the card. That way they’ll be easy to take off when ready to plant.
I think these will be wonderful gifts, so we made a few for Mother’s Day gift for kids to give and we made a few just for general spring gifts.