Well, how unusual! Handmade reindeer poo paper embedded with Fir tree seeds! The paper comes in a pack of 10 x A5 sheets, is light green in colour and is between 240gsm and 280gsm in thickness. This paper would make fabulous and unusual wedding invitations or save the dates, particularly if your wedding is to be around Christmas time. It will also make great wedding favours – cut out shapes and attach ribbon or string to them for hanging, for example. And, of course, you can use this paper to make your own Christmas cards – so appropriate! This paper has been manufactured in the UK, collecting post-consumer waste from schools and businesses. But it is not just for Christmas! The Fir tree seeds are suitable for any time of year as long as you follow the instructions for planting.
How to plant reindeer poo seed paper
First of all, put your paper in the fridge place in a plastic bag. Yes, that’s right – in the fridge! Christmas tree seeds need a period of cold to encourage them to start germinating, a process called stratification. Leave in the fridge for 6 to 8 weeks. Then take out, remove the bag and place the paper on top of a pot of compost and water well. Place somewhere light to germinate. Keep an eye on the paper to make sure it stays moist – very important! Once the seeds have germinated, and the seedlings are big enough, transfer into bigger pots and grow on until ready to go in the garden or keep potting on.
Some facts you may not know about reindeer
Their noses are specially adapted to warm the air they breathe before it enters their lungs and to condense water in the air, which they then use to keep their mucous membranes moist. Their fur traps air, which not only helps provide them with excellent insulation, but also keeps them buoyant in water, which they often cross in migration.
In the summer, when the ground is wet, their foot pads soften, providing them with extra traction. In the winter, the pads tighten, revealing the rim of their hooves, which is used to provide traction in the slippery snow and ice.
Within 90 minutes of being born a baby reindeer can already run.
Their tails are short because long tails would be vulnerable to frostbite.
Both male and female reindeer have antlers.
So – now you know!