Ramadan is a time for peace, love, and kindness. So this Ramadan I wanted to create a craft for my kids that was kind to the earth and also something they could gift family members. Along with being eco-friendly, it also reminds kids that giving feels just as good as receiving. I’ve noticed seed favors at weddings and birthdays and always thought they were so sweet, but I’ll be honest, I was so afraid to attempt it myself.
- Clean unused tissue paper, toilet paper, or napkins (ours were extra napkins from takeout dinner)
- Clean water
- Bowl to mix the paper and food coloring
- Spoon for mixing
- Cookie-cutter of choice
- Newspaper or protective covering for the table
- Drying Space (Hard felt fabric or an old stained towel or an old screen or large piece of cardboard)
- Flower seeds (dark colors will pop on white paper)
- Bonus: If you make the accompanying card, I recommend buying these blank cards! Though it’s more eco-friendly to cut scrap cardstock.
Seed Paper Instructions:
- Tear up clean tissues into small pieces.
- Wet the torn tissues with clean water.
- Use a spoon or your hands to mix the tissue until its a watery mushy consistency (wet but not falling apart.)
- Mix with hands or spoon
- Lay an absorbent towel on a firm work surface.
- Set the cookie cutter down on your fabric.
- Sprinkle a few flower seeds inside the cookie cutter.
- Pick up small pieces of the paper purple and place them inside the cookie cutter. Using a cookie cutter, spoon one to one and a half tablespoons of the pulp mixture into the cookie cutter.
- Press down gently with your fingertips to release some extra water.
- Add a few more flower seeds and a few pinches of paper pulp.
- Press down with your palm to remove any last drops of water so the paper will be thinner and dry quicker.
- Remove the cookie cutter while the paper is still wet.
- After an hour, gently move the seed craft to a fresh, dry towel or drying track. I use a spatula to do this. Place the seed craft and towel on a drying rack in a well-ventilated area to dry for 24 hours or more. If you have a fan on even better.
- If you’re air-drying, try to dry the seed crafts as quickly as possible. This will ensure that the paper doesn’t mildew and the seeds don’t begin to germinate.
- Once they are completely dry, you can cut a slit into cardstock paper or a blank card to present your gift.
Peace and Salam,