DIY – How to Make Seed Paper Stars for a Cosmic Boom of Flower Colour!

November 22, 2014

diy flower seed paper stars adorablestDIY – How to Make Seed Paper Stars. Make these with simple supplies and a cosmic boom of colour will meet you within a few weeks of planting these handmade paper stars, embedded with Cosmos flower seeds.

Inspired recently by the Philae* comet landing, you can use these stars as decorations, wedding favours or sweet little gifts.

diy seed paper stars suppliesYou will need:

  • Coloured Paper. Any colour you please. Plain, not from glossy magazines.
  • Tea Towel. Fine weave if you can. Waffle ones will leave indents on the stars.
  • Cosmos Seeds. These were $1.47 from Bunnings.
  • Star Shape Cookie Cutter. I already had one, but try Op / Thrift Shops.
  • Straw. The drinking kind.
  • Chopstick. Try to find one with a flat bottom and a bit pointy at the other end.
  • String / Cord. I used cotton, so it will also biodegrade into the garden.
  • Scissors. For cutting your string
  • Workspace. May get a little wet and when drying the stars, somewhere warm.

 

You will also need (not pictured):

  • Blender. For ‘mulching’ up your paper.
  • Water. Also for making paper pulp.
  • Strainer/Collander. For draining the pulp.
  • Sweater / Jumper Flat Dryer Rack. Mesh – helps your stars to air dry.
  • Paper Towel. For draining excess moisture.

diy flower seed paper stars instructionsHow to :

  • Tear about 3 sheets of paper into 5cm (2″) pieces and add to the blender.  Cover with warm water and pulse until ‘mush’. Strain (but don’t squeeze) the excess water.
  • It almost looks good enough to eat (like ice cream in a bowl) but DON’T.
  • Take about a cherry size piece of pulp and add 3 to 5 Cosmos seeds. Mix gently.
  • Hold your straw where the hole will be and drop the pulp ball into your cookie cutter.
  • Drop pieces to fill the star and gently mash the pulp, with the flat end of a chopstick.
  • Use the pointy end to ensure the star points have pulp all the way into the edges.
  • When smooth, remove the straw and hold above some paper towel
  • Press out gently onto the jumper dryer rack.  Leave here or transfer to paper towel.
  • When dry, add your string and Voilà!

Points to Note:

  • Add glitter to the pulp mix if you like and/or use a flour and water glue sparingly AFTER the paper stars have dried if you want more glitter. Don’t ‘seal’ in the seeds.
  • Use a (fancy metallic) pen to write names or messages on the stars.
  • I didn’t use a paper punch so as to ensure the seeds remained intact.
  • It’s important to position the straw FIRST. It’s impossible to get through wet pulp.
  • The thickest you want to make them is no more than 5-6mm.
  • You can keep the paper pulp (with NO seeds added) in an airtight container in the refrigerator, so you can make the stars in batches when you have spare time.
  • Plant in Full Sun and water regularly until established.  Enjoy your blooms!

diy flower seed paper star bombs adorablest* Launched in March 2004, Philae touched down on it’s target comet 12 November 2014.

The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

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3 Comments

  • Reply Karen November 23, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Oooh this is so cool. I love it, its such a practical ornament as well 🙂
    Have a lovely weekend!
    Much Love,
    Karen

    • Reply Adorablest November 24, 2014 at 5:39 pm

      Thanks Karen! Love your acorns too!

  • Reply mary springer November 2, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Love this even though fall, I simply want to make them anyway. I could of course make them into leaves if I have a cutter for that, I also decided to make the concrete candle! Thanks for posting!

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