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Monday, February 04, 2013

Have an Eco-friendly Valentine's Day with Heart-Shaped Seed Treats

By Diane Hoffmaster

            

seed treatsAs an elementary school student, each year my daughter exchanges Valentine’s Day cards with her classmates. Whether a small bag of candy or a heart shaped pencil, most students give a little treat to go along with their cards. I came across this unique idea for creating seed treats to attach to your child’s Valentine’s Day cards. It’s not only eco-friendly, but the treats can be planted to grow wildflowers, adding a little bit of beauty to the world!

Materials

Newspaper
1-2 cups water
Blender
Wildflower seeds
Strainer
Cheesecloth
Silicone heart molds or ice cube trays

Instructions

1.    Tear newspaper into small strips.

2.    Loosely fill the blender about half full with newspaper strips.

3.    Add just enough water to cover the paper.

4.    Turn on the blender and mix for a couple minutes until you have a thick liquid.

5.    Add wildflower seeds and mix again. (You can find wildflower seeds specific to your region at a local nursery.)  

6.    Line the strainer with cheese cloth and pour in the mixture. Gently squeeze as much water from the mixture as possible. You should end up with a paste.

7.    Press the paste into the silicone molds or ice cube trays and remove to let dry. Place the seed treats somewhere cool and dry for a few days before packaging with your child’s Valentines.

Include a small note with your child’s Valentine to let the recipient (and their parents) know what it is and growing instructions from the original seed packet. Encourage them to plant their seed treat in a place that needs a little color and soon enough they’ll have a beautiful patch of wildflowers!

What kind of treat will you be making for your child’s Valentine’s Day exchange?

Photo courtesy of Diane Hoffmaster.

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