Yesterday I told you about my wonderful weekend project making handmade paper. If you missed it, click that link for the full tutorial. I was pleasantly surprised to discover how easy and fun this project was!
But as much as I loved making paper…I really loved making stuff out of the paper. When I look at these beautiful, handmade items it just makes me happy to think it all came from “junk” I had laying around the house that would eventually be thrown out anyway. How cool is that?
The first, and most obvious, was to make some stationery. I managed to get about 3 pieces of stationery out of each round of homemade paper and then I just stacked them and bundled them with some twine. Super simple…but what a nice gift to give someone that definitely says “handmade” all over it. I would definitely be impressed and delighted to receive something like this.
Next, with wedding plans on the brain, I focused on making some simple place cards. (Yes, you heard that right. Wedding plans. My daughter Britta got engaged about a week ago and will be getting married August 17th! So I apologize ahead of time for all the wedding-related blog posts that are sure to lie ahead. lol.)
Nothing fancy about these (besides the beautiful handmade paper!) except I did run them through the printer so I could utilize this beautiful font I found called Indenture English Penman. Isn’t it elegant looking?!
To find out how to print stuff like these place cards in your printer…I did a tutorial back in October that explains the whole process. CLICK HERE for the full tutorial.
I just think these place cards are so simple and elegant and would go with just about any type of wedding or special occasion.
What’s a wedding without some hearts thrown in? I decided to cut out lots of hearts (I used a large cookie cutter to trace them out on the handmade paper.) I managed to get about 5 out of each sheet of paper. I then sewed two of them together around the edge with my sewing machine. I left a small opening and used a pencil to stuff just a little bit of quilt batting into each one to make them “puffy”! I sewed them shut, punched a hole at the top in the center of each heart and put a piece of jute string through each one.
These could serve as purely decorative or you could use them as gift tags or you could fill them with dried flowers and make sachet favors! Lots of possibilities.
And speaking of favors…I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of seed bombs and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to make some. A “seed bomb” is a little ball made up of a combination of compost, clay, or LIQUIFIED PAPER and seeds that acts as a carrier for the seeds so they can be launched over walls or fences and into inaccessible areas like fenced-off wasteland or along the highway. Putting the seeds into these “bombs” cuts down on the risk of them simply being blown away by the wind so they can bloom and beautify barren landscapes.
Wouldn’t that be a fun favor to send people home with? A little bag of their own seeds bombs to “plant” somewhere along life’s highway in honor of the happy couple! OK…that’s a little corny…but you get the idea. I just thought they would be fun to make and I just loved how they turned out.
All you have to do to make a seed bomb is scoop up some of your paper slurry with a small strainer and when you have enough pulp to make a ball, sprinkle in some seeds. Mix it altogether and then either roll it between your hands to form a ball, or press it into a small flower mold like I did. If you choose to do the mold method, just take a sponge and firmly press on each seed bomb flower to compact it and to get any excess water out. This will speed up the drying time considerably. Mine were completely dry after 24 hours.
Another really simple idea that I think yielded such pretty results!
Well, I hope you had half as much fun reading about these handmade paper projects as I did making them! At this point I have no idea if we will even end up using them in Britta’s wedding but I certainly picture them as some part of her outdoor ceremony and reception in August.
Can’t you?? :-)