Plantable Paper Leaves How-To

Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2010

Punched leaves of all-natural paper hold the seeds guests need to produce a patch of wildflowers. All that's required is dirt, water, and, of course, sunshine.

To make the planting-instruction signs, download our PDF for the clip art. Print it onto 8 1/2-by-11-inch card stock. One page holds two cards.

Use a bone folder and a metal straightedge to score a line between the dotted crop marks, to mark the center fold of the cards.

Then use a craft knife and the straightedge to cut between the solid crop marks (do not cut all the way to the edges of the paper; this will leave the crop marks intact for subsequent cuts).

To assemble the favors, use leaf-shaped craft punches in two sizes to punch out leaf shapes from the seed paper. To extend the stem, glue a toothpick to the bottom of the shape.

Fill mini cups (about 3 inches in diameter) with potting soil. Stick the stems of two paper leaves into the soil, and set favors out with planting-instruction signs.

Melamine cup (DRW-22), $1.75 each, Buy4AsianLife.com.

Seed paper, $2/sheet, Tender Seed Company, favorswithseeds.com.

Seed paper in green garden, $2.77/sheet, Botanical Paperworks, botanicalpaperworks.com.

Large birch leaf craft punch, $9.99, and super giant birch leaf craft punch, $15.99, both by Punch Bunch, from Scrappily Ever After.

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