DIY – 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.
You 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.
How 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!
* 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