The Tiny Seed – Seed Paper Gift

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.

Seed Paper Cards

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.

the tiny seed eric carlethe tiny seed eric carle

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.

the tiny seed mother's day card

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:

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The Tiny Seed - Seed Paper Gift
Recipe type: Craft
  • 10 sheets construction paper
  • tiny flower seeds
  • cookie cutters
  1. Tear paper into pieces
  2. Let soak in bowl of water for an hour
  3. Strain, then blend, adding water as needed
  4. Add flower seeds and mix
  5. Spread onto towels and flatten
  6. Let dry for 24-48+ hours
  7. Use cookie cutters to make outline
  8. Cut carefully with scissors
After we had all of our butterflies, tulips, and flowers cut out, we printed out a few of each message to attach to the front of our cards.  And we also added instructions to the back of our cards.

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.

Make sure to check out all of the other fun books and crafts during Booking Across the USA!

Participating Bloggers & States:
Alabama: Ed Snapshots
Alaska: Incredibly Confident Kids
Arizona: Child Led Life
Arkansas: Crayon Box Learning
California: Enchanted Homeschooling Mom
Colorado: The Educator’s Spin on It
Connecticut: Art Curator For Kids
Florida: My Little Me (Me)
Georgia: Kathy’s Cluttered Mind
Hawaii: Storytime Secrets
Idaho: True Aim Education
Illinois: The Jenny Evolution
Indiana: Primary Inspired
Kansas: KC Edventures
Kentucky: Chicken Babies
Louisiana: Mosswood Connections
Maine: Country Fun Childcare
Maryland: Kerry Aradhya
Massachusetts: Mama Smiles
Michigan: Buggy and Buddy
Minnesota: The Wise Owl Factory
Mississippi: Bambini Travel
Missouri: Inspiration Laboratories
Montana: Kids Yoga Stories
New Hampshire: Elementary Matters
New Jersey: Just Another Mom
New Mexico: 
New York: Teaching with Grace
North Carolina: All Done Monkey
North Dakota: 
Ohio: Something 2 Offer
Oklahoma: Allternative Learning
Oregon: Cutting Tiny Bites
Pennsylvania: Still Playing School
Rhode Island: 
South Carolina: JDaniel4’s Mom
South Dakota: Living Montessori Now
Tennessee: Pragmatic Mom
Texas: Kid World Citizen
Utah: Teach Beside Me
Vermont: Kitchen Floor Crafts
Virginia: Mama Miss
Washington: A Book Long Enough
West Virginia: 
Wisconsin: Brain Power Boy
Wyoming: Teaching From a Tackle Box
These seed paper cards were so fun to make and to give! Inspired by Eric Carle's The Tiny Seed and created for Booking Across the USA - My Little Me 

Carolyn Wilhelm - April 13, 2015

excellent idea, so giving—I never thought of making seed papers, just buying them—pinned

    Jennifer Dickison - April 14, 2015

    Thank you for pinning, Carolyn! We had a lot of fun making them!

Paula Atwell - April 13, 2015

Another favorite Eric Carle book! 🙂

    Jennifer Dickison - April 14, 2015

    I love a lot of his books, Paula!

Shelah - April 13, 2015

What an excellent idea! It is nice that you ended up with a splendid home made gift as well.

    Jennifer Dickison - April 14, 2015

    We love making homemade gifts and this one is always fun to make!

Angie - April 14, 2015

I am just wondering, is the construction paper bio-degradable!? Safe to plant?

    Jennifer Dickison - April 15, 2015

    Paper does break down so I imagine it is perfectly fine to plant.

Jodie @ Growing Book by Book - April 16, 2015

What a great idea for Mother’s Day, Earth Day or any day of the year. I love Eric Carle’s work and I’m so glad you chose to feature him! Thank you for participating in the Booking Across the USA project.

    Jennifer Dickison - April 17, 2015

    Thank you for setting it up! We love Eric Carle’s work as well. 🙂

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