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Homemade Is Where the Heart Is

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Grow Your Affection

Stacie Brennan, a mom and education director of the Main Line Art Center in Haverford, PA, grows her love with an at-home Plantable Valentine.

What You’ll Need: Recycled paper such as paper tubes or junkmail (not glossy paper), blender, water, heart-shaped cookie cutter (3-4” in circumference), small bowl (just larger than cookie cutter), metal screens or mesh (cut larger than your cookie cutter), plastic screen or heavy canvas (used in needle pointing), wooden block or flat heavy object for pressing out water, paper towels for drying, wildflower seeds.


  1. Rip paper into small pieces and blend it with some water (you can always add more). Add pink paper, paint or food coloring if needed.
  2. Set up a bowl with the heavy plastic mesh on top and a metal screen on top of that.
  3. Place the cookie cutter in the center, and pour in the paper mixture, spreading in around with your fingers or the back of a spoon.
  4. Sprinkle in the wildflower seeds and allow them to seep into the mixture.
  5. Allow excess water to drain into the bowl for 20-30 seconds.
  6. Carefully pull off the cookie cutter, placing another metal screen on top.
  7. Gently press out more water with your palm. Place a wooden block on top and press again.
  8. Remove the screens and turn the heart onto a paper towel to dry. Blot the heart again with the paper towel (if very wet, you can again apply pressure with the wooden block).
  9. Allow to dry for at least 24 hours before you begin decorating. Use anything you may have at home, including markers, to personalize your Valentine.
  10. Plant the seeded heart in a thin layer of soil, water thoroughly. Place in a sunny spot and keep moist to watch your heart grow!

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