A beautiful gift. . .
. . . packed with potential. . .
. . . and crafted with care. . .
. . . just waiting. . .
. . . for each petal to be planted. . .
. . . and spring blooms to appear.
Seed Tape Flowers
- Tissue paper
- Flower seeds
- Scrap fabric
- Needle and thread
- Flour and water
Select your favorite flower seeds. Mix flour and water until it is a runny paste (the thickness of heavy cream).
Lay out one sheet of tissue paper and paint on a thin layer of paste. Apply a second layer of tissue paper. Paint another layer of paste and sprinkle on your seeds. Look at the package and place them closer or farther apart depending on the recommendation.
Place another sheet of tissue paper on top and smooth gently so as not to rip it where the seeds are. Apply another layer of paste and then a final piece of tissue paper. Follow this process for all of the seeds you have.
Allow your sheets of seed paper to dry in the sun for 20 minutes or until they are completely dry.
When the sheets are dry, cut petal shapes out of the paper that match the seeds inside it. For the Sunflower and Cosmos I cut long strips with a petal shape on each side and a small section in the middle that was a bit narrower so I could stack and fan them to make the flower shape. For the Nasturtium, since it only had 5 petals, I cut out the petal shape with a longer tail so I could stack the tails and sew through those.
Once you have your petal shapes, cover a button with a bit of scrap fabric. Wrap thread around the fabric under the button and sew a few stitches to secure. Use the thread still attached to sew through the center of your flower. I placed a small piece of felt on the back side to help give the bloom strength so the thread wouldn't tear through the paper.
Add a tag with the name of the flower and give these gifts to anyone you know that might need a few blooms in their life. All they would have to do is plant the petals and water. The tissue paper helps to keep the seeds damp so they can germinate before turning into beautiful plants.
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