I heart my bae. We tied the knot 06.29.13 – an eco-friendly backyard wedding with about 220 guests. Yes, I said backyard wedding, so yes, there were lots and lots of DIY projects!
My first of many bridezilla projects were plantable save the date cards. My husband and I are both nature lovers, so we wanted to incorporate plants, trees and leaves into our wedding theme. And since my husband had my engagement ring custom made with leaves wrapping around it, I wanted our save the dates to tie in with that.
I ran this idea by my sister-in-law, who is an awesome freelance graphic designer, and told her what I wanted. She did not disappoint! I loved what she came up with, and she left the perfect amount of space for me to attach the plantable leaf!
The bottom read, “This biodegradable leaf was handmade with recycled paper especially for you. Plant it in a thin layer of soil, keep it moist, and watch windflowers grow.”
I was so excited to pick these up from her! Not only did she do a great job designing these, she also printed them for me. All I had to do was use the heavy duty paper cutter at work to trim off the edges. I loved it!
Before the design was done, I had already made the plantable leaves. Here’s how I did it.
1) Tear up brown paper bags into small pieces. My friend happened to have some Trader Joe’s bags, so I recycled those. I avoided using any parts that weren’t brown; any pieces with print on it got tossed.
2) Soak the torn paper in warm water for a couple of days until it gets soft. Change out the water occasionally.
3) Use a colander to strain the water, but don’t squeeze the paper. You want it to absorb water so that it’s easier to blend.
4) Put it in a blender or food processor, and grind it up. Add water if the mixture is too dry. It should end up looking like brown oatmeal.
5) Add seeds and mix it up with a spoon. Do not grind them in the blender.
6) Lay the mixture onto a flat strainer, and press/shape it into a thin layer. I would’ve preferred a rectangular shaped one, but I happened to find these at the dollar store, so circular paper it was! I was going to cut it up anyway, so it didn’t matter.
7) Place the sheets in front of a fan and let them dry overnight.
Ready to cut!
8) Make a stencil of the leaf shape you want. Then draw outlines onto the seed paper and cut. I was hoping to find a leaf puncher, but the shapes available in stores looked too much like fall leaves, which I didn’t like. I wanted a more simplistic look.
9). After I cut the leaves, I used ZOTS to attach the leaves onto the save the date cards.
10). It was a last minute decision, but I decided to add adhesive magnets to the backside so that people could hang it on their refrigerators. I got the magnets at Michael’s and cut one square into 4 smaller pieces, placing one on each corner.
I planted one leaf to test it out, and it grew just in time for our wedding! Woohoo!
The flower bloomed just a few days before our wedding!