Sustainable Fun: Seed Paper Shapes Craft for Birthday Party Activity

various seed paper shapes, such as hearts, stars, and animals, made from recycled paper with seeds embedded in them

Sustainable Fun: Seed Paper Shapes Craft for Birthday Party Activity

a child's hands making eco-friendly seed paper in the shape of a hear


The Eco-Friendly Edge of Seed Paper Shapes

Sustainability: The Seed Paper Shapes activity uses recycled paper, which is a fantastic way to repurpose material that would otherwise end up in landfills. By using old newspapers or used drawing paper, we reduce waste and the demand for new paper, which in turn helps in conserving trees and reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with new paper production.

Educational Aspect: This craft offers a hands-on learning experience about the life cycle of plants and the importance of growing more greenery. It’s a practical demonstration of how we can contribute to the environment in small but meaningful ways. The excitement of seeing their seed paper sprout into flowers or herbs is a powerful lesson for kids about the wonders of nature and their role in nurturing it.

Biodegradable and Non-toxic: Unlike crafts that rely on plastics or synthetic materials, seed paper is completely biodegradable. This means once the paper is planted, it will naturally decompose, leaving no waste behind, just plants!

Embracing Eco-Friendly Party Planning

When it comes to party planning, especially for kids, integrating eco-friendly practices can have a significant impact. Not only does it reduce the environmental footprint of the event, but it also serves as a wonderful educational opportunity for young minds. By choosing activities like Seed Paper Shapes, we’re not just entertaining; we’re instilling a sense of responsibility and love for our planet.

Fun and Learning Combined

Kids adore getting their hands messy and engaging in creative endeavors. Making seed paper shapes is not just fun, it’s a sensory experience. The tearing of paper, the feel of the pulp, and the joy of pressing shapes are all exciting for little ones. Watching their creations sprout into plants is both magical and gratifying, offering a sense of accomplishment.

Paper Flower Pot vs. Plastic or Clay

When considering what to plant the seed shapes in, a paper flower pot is an excellent choice. Here’s why:

  • Eco-Friendly: Paper pots are biodegradable and can be made from recycled materials. Unlike plastic, which takes hundreds of years to decompose, paper pots break down naturally and quickly in the soil, reducing waste.
  • Root Health: Paper pots are gentle on the young roots of sprouting plants. They allow roots to breathe and grow freely, reducing the risk of transplant shock when moving the plant to a larger pot or garden.
  • DIY Opportunity: Making paper pots can be another fun activity for the party. Kids can roll recycled paper into pot shapes, adding another layer of hands-on, environmentally conscious crafting.
  • Comparison to Plastic and Clay: Plastic pots are not biodegradable and contribute to plastic waste. Clay pots, while more eco-friendly than plastic, are heavier and more fragile. Paper pots provide a lightweight, zero-waste alternative that aligns with the principles of sustainable living.

Instructions for Making Eco-Friendly Seed Paper Shapes

First of all, it’s easy to make your own seed paper, but it does require a little patience as when you create the paper it is very wet and will need to dry for a couple days.  If you’re in a hurry, there is always the option of buying premade seed paper kits in all kinds of shapes. See the link here for those options: Seed Paper Kits

Seed Paper Shapes: A Step-by-Step Guide

Materials Needed:

  • Recycled paper (like old newspapers, schoolwork, or flyers)
  • Seeds (choose fast-germinating and easy-to-grow varieties like wildflower mixes, basil, or sunflowers)
  • Large bowl
  • Warm water
  • Strainer or mesh screen
  • Cookie cutters (in fun shapes like stars, hearts, animals, etc.)
  • Towels or sponges
  • Rolling pin (optional)


  1. Prepare the Paper: Tear the recycled paper into small, roughly equal-sized pieces. You’ll need about one cup of torn paper for each large sheet of seed paper.
  2. Soak the Paper: Place the paper pieces into the large bowl and cover them with warm water. Let them soak for a couple of hours, or until the paper is soft and mushy.
  3. Blend the Mixture: With adult supervision, thoroughly mix and need the soaked paper into a smooth pulp.  Add water as needed to get a consistency similar to oatmeal.
  4. Mix in the Seeds: Drain any excess water from the pulp. Spread the pulp onto a flat surface and sprinkle your chosen seeds evenly over it. Gently mix them in with your hands.
  5. Shape the Seed Paper: Place the pulp between two layers of towels or sponges. Use cookie cutters to press down and create shapes. Remove the excess pulp around the cutters.
  6. Dry the Paper: Carefully remove the shaped seed paper and place it on a screen or a dry towel. Allow it to dry completely, which can take a day or two.
  7. Finishing Touches: Once dry, the seed paper shapes can be decorated with eco-friendly markers or left natural.

How to Use Seed Paper Shapes:

  • The finished shapes can be planted directly in the garden or in a pot with soil. Simply place them on top of the soil, cover them lightly with more soil, and water regularly. In a few weeks, you should see sprouts!

various seed paper shapes, such as hearts, stars, and animals, made from recycled paper with seeds embedded in themExamples of Seed Paper Shapes:

  • Heart-Shaped Wildflower Seed Papers: Ideal for spreading love and beauty.
  • Star-Shaped Basil Seed Papers: A fun way for kids to start their own herb garden.
  • Animal-Shaped Sunflower Seed Papers: Engaging shapes that grow into towering sunflowers.


Incorporating eco-friendly crafts like Seed Paper Shapes into party planning is more than just a fun activity; it’s a step towards a greener future. It encourages kids to be mindful of the environment, understand the impact of their choices, and learn in a playful and engaging manner. By choosing sustainable options like paper flower pots over plastic or clay, we not only make our parties greener but also set an example for the next generation to follow. Let’s make every celebration a tribute to our beautiful planet! 🌍✨🌱

Ask us about hosting your kids party and all the great crafts and activities we can provide at Scattered Books!

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