Posts Tagged: paper projects

Earth Paper Seed Hearts

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Earth Day (April 22) and look forward to spring? Make these adorable earth paper seed hearts!

Supplies:

Silicone heart mold – you can also make round earths that you shape by hand if you don’t have a heart mold
Seeds – we used some I saved from last fall – mostly marigolds
Construction paper – we went with blue and green to look like earths, but you could use any colors you want
Bowls (as many as you have colors)
Sieve
Food Processor (a blender would probably work too)

First, rip the paper into bits. We used about 16 pieces of paper total (a few more blue than green since we have more water than land on earth) for the 24 earth hearts. Keep the colors in separate bowls to keep the colors separate when they go into the molds. Do a few extra pieces if you want to make some round earths too!

Fill the bowls with water to cover the paper – mush them a bit to get the paper bits separated.

Let soak for at least two hours – overnight works too!

Time for the food processor!

We found that less is better with this (I’d put a few less pieces of paper in the processor than the photo shows), and make sure to have about an inch of water at the bottom. If the processor is not happy, take some paper out and add a little more water!

It will look like this.

And then like this.

Then move the paper clumps to the sieve. Squeeze out as much water as you can!

Repeat with all your colors!

We found it got a little messy, but hopefully our mistakes can be your gains!

Once you’ve processed your paper and squished the water out, it’s time to put them in the molds! You can piece bits in to look like little earths like we did. Fill the mold to about half, and push in the center to make a little divot for the seeds. Put a few seeds in the divot. Try to keep the seeds away from the edges.

Next push paper bits on top of the seeds, paying attention to connect the edges to the bottom section especially.

Once you’ve covered all the seeds, press down on each heart with a paper towel to squeeze out even more water.

We dried these over a heat vent – they took a couple of days to be completely dry. Once they are dry, carefully pop them out of the molds. I had a couple fall apart, but most were good.

Gift them to friends on Earth Day or anyway to plant this spring!

P.S. Roxie also made a round earth with this project, putting seeds in the center the same way! See below for inspiration! Enjoy!

Make It: Sun Bookmark!

Brighten up those winter nights of reading with a little sunshine tucked into your book. Make a sun bookmark today!

What you need:

Sun bookmark template (download here)

Glue stick or other glue

Scissors

1. Print out the template (download here)

2. Cut out the yellow part

3. Cut out the sun ray section (see where the template says “cut”)

4. Fold the sun face over backwards and make a defined crease

5. Glue under the sun face and fold into place

6. Now your yellow shape should look like this!

7. Fold the right “ear” forward toward you

8. Make a defined crease

9. Glue the white part that you just folded over

10. Fold the sun part over the freshly glued section to form a square

11. Just one part left!

12. Glue the top portion of the sun rays (leaving just the jagged rays unglued)

13. Tuck the rays up into the bookmark and press down to glue it to the backside of the sun face

14. Save your place in your current book with your brand new sun bookmark! Happy reading!

Make it: Paper Crowns!

There always seems to be extra wrapping paper around during winter. Wondering what to do with it? How about you make yourself a crown! Or honor some king or queen in your life with a crown you’ve crafted just for them! These are easy and fun. Just download the template, print it on cardstock, gather your supplies, and you’re off! Cheers to your royal selves!

Supplies:

Template (download here)
Two brad fasteners  (only one pictured here)
Scissors
Tape
Wrapping paper of your choice
Hole-puncher (not pictured)

Print the template and cut it out.

I left the extra paper at the top and bottom for a bigger crown. Feel free to adjust as your head sees fit! 🙂

Trace the template onto the back of the wrapping paper.

I had to do it twice to accommodate for my large noggin.

Here’s what it looks like finished. It’s not perfect, but that’s okay! Perfect is overrated.

Cut on the lines.

Cut out each triangle and save them for the top ball.

So it’ll look something like this.

Gather up those triangles and join them at the flat ends.

Like so. Keep holding that spot as you grab your hole-puncher.

Punch a hole in the middle of the flat ends and put the first brad fastener in with the end on the inside.

It’ll look something like this. Keep the end open – it will attach to the crown part!

Grab your hole puncher and punch a hole in each of the points.

Gather the punched holes together onto the second brad (with the end facing out this time), sliding one hole onto the brad at a time.

Close the brad on that top end and set the ball you just made aside.

Now on to the crown section! Fold the unfinished edge of the wrapping paper up (this will make a sturdier crown).

Tape along that entire edge (also contributes to the study factor).

Measure it for your head, and trim off the excess. Tape the bottom section together to form the circle that will go on your head.

Paper punch the middle of the flat side of each piece of the crown, just like you did with the pointed parts of the top ball.

Now pick up your ball top again. The bottom brad will attach to the crown! Slide each punched hole over the brad.

It’ll look like this from the top. Now it’s time to close the brad and finish up!

It’ll look like this from the bottom. Adjust the sections of the crown on the ball and the main part so it’s all arranged the way you like it, then make sure all the brads are nice and tight, and you’re done! Enjoy your crowns! Time for a tea party, perhaps!