DIY Valentine's Day Craft: Grow Cards

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Feb. 7, 2017 at 12:34 PM CST
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Valentine's Day is exactly one week away, and for many parents, that means finding the perfect valentine's cards for your kids to give out.

Lucy Edwards with the Dale County Extension Office shares a unique card you can make at home with your kids.

What you'll need:

· Newspaper (no glossy inserts) or construction paper

· Blender, Bowl, Cookie Cutter

· Screen

· Water

· Sponge or Towel

· Seeds

Steps for making Grow Cards:

1. Cut or tear strips of paper to postage stamp size. Place paper in blender. Fill enough to make blender half-full. Then add pitcher ¾ full of water.

2. Blend at high speed until blended mixture forms an oatmeal consistency. Pour blender contents into bowl.

3. Place screen over sink to collect excess water. Select cookie cutter and place on the screen. Pour paper slurry into cookie cutter.

4. Press excess water out with a sponge or towel.

5. Add seeds.

6. Add a little more paper mixture to cover seeds then press with towel or sponge and remove excess water.

7. Gently press to remove any remaining water. Remove cookie cutter.

8. Let dry for 24 to 48 hours. You can decorate cards, include the grow card and give them for others to enjoy.

Note: When you give the card be sure to tell the person they can plant the paper shape and grow plants by simply dropping the entire shape into a container or ground, covering lightly with soil and watering. The paper will biodegrade in your garden. Make sure paper is not extending out of ground- it will wick water away from the plant if not underground.