How to Make Super Easy Plantable Seed Paper.

4 Materials
$5
30 Minutes
Easy
Plantable seed paper is paper ready-impregnated with seeds. Although expensive in the shops it is super easy and cheap to make at home using simple household items. Using seed paper avoids all the hassle of planting tiny seeds as well as having to thin out seedlings. To make your own seed papers, you can either buy packets of seeds or harvest your own. We used a combination of both using chive seeds from our garden. You can read more about collecting seeds in our 6 reasons to harvest your own seeds post.
To make our seed papers we used 2-ply Kitchen Towel, Bostik White Glue and a selection of herb seeds. Bostik White Glue is perfect for making seed paper as it is both water soluble and non-toxic. It’ll hold the seeds in place until planted, but once watered it will soften and allow the seeds to germinate safely without adding any nasty chemicals to their growing environment. It is also an ideal glue to let kids of any age use without having to worry.
You can make the seed paper any shape you want. We opted to make ours fit some pretty terracotta plant pots that we found at the garden centre. If you decide to make seed paper for vegetables, you might prefer to cute yours into strips ready for planting in perfect rows.
It is easiest to cut the kitchen towel into the required shape before separating the sheets.  Once we pull the two layers apart, we find leaving one edge just attached makes it easier to fold back down into place neatly, sandwiching the seeds.
Add little dots of the Bostik White Glue onto the inner surface of the kitchen towel spaced appropriately for the seeds you are using. Then use a moistened cotton bud to pick up the seed and place on the dot of glue. Once all your seeds are in place, run a thin line of glue around the edge of your paper and press the upper layer back into place.
We made our seed papers as an end of year gift for our teachers so also made cards to hold them in. If you’d like to see how we made them you can find the instructions in the How to Make Seed Paper Cards part of the post.

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  • Ann Ann on Aug 21, 2018

    I’m sorry I didn’t think of this when I asked my 1st question: how did u get the paper towel apart? I’m having some difficulty. Thank you 😊

  • Kathy Kathy on Sep 12, 2018

    How about using coffee filters then glue seeds in then glue 2 filters together

  • Elaine Elaine on May 08, 2020

    THIS would make a GREAT project for teachers to do with their class!


    AND - GREAT gifts!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  • Gayle Gayle on Apr 02, 2021

    Love this idea 🥰

  • Sarge Sarge on Apr 05, 2021

    I did this last year for one of my larger pots to have evenly distributed seeds. since it was going directly into my pot i laid the first layer of paper towel down, sprayed it with water (just a spritz really), added the seeds and sprayed the top layer of paper towel to hold it down. then put the top layers of dirt on it.

    • Craft Invaders Craft Invaders on Apr 05, 2021

      Such a good idea - I always lose track of seeds when sowing straight onto compost :)

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