|These small favor cones are most often used for filling with dried flower petals to toss at the newlywed couple as they leave their wedding ceremony. The petals create a beautiful cascade of nature that won’t leave a mess on the church steps. Once the cones are empty they can be taken home by your guests and planted. The simple instructions will guide them to a gift from you; fresh flowers! The paper will biodegrade while providing a weed block in your flower bed.
These are easy to assemble, all you need is a pack of mounting squares commonly used for holding photos in scrapbooks. Just pull opposite corners together to form your cone, covering up the instructions and the printed line.
This handmade lotka paper is made in the highlands of Nepal by rural craftspeople in an environmentally friendly process with 50% recycled content. The raw material for our paper is the Daphne bush. It is farmed and harvested from 3-4 year old plants that are cut down and stripped of their bark. The plant is not destroyed when cut down, it regenerates from the root. The cane like stick, once its bark is removed is dried and used to heat the villager’s homes, to provide fuel for cooking and also for the production of the paper. All of the water used in the paper production is reclaimed and reused. The bark is beaten by hand and boiled to break it down to a pulp (where it is mixed in with recycled pulp and paper scrap collected from the card and envelope manufacturing process) that is then pored into screens to form the sheets. These sheets are then dried in the sun. The whole process is not only earth friendly but also provides a large community with a healthy enterprise.
Not only can you recycle this paper, you can compost it or even plant it and watch flowers bloom. We have embedded these sheets with a combination of tiny seeds that will grow in North America. The seeds found in our paper include 15 annual species which tolerate partial shade, need 4 hours a day of direct sunlight and grows to about 3'. Seeds include Red Corn Poppy, Corn Poppy, Spurred Snapdragon, Catchfly, English Daisy, Showy Evening Primrose, Gold Yarrow, Roman Chamomile, Tussock Bellflower, Foxglove, Fringed Sagewort, White Yarrow, Red Yarrow, Monkeyflower and Creeping Thyme. If you plant this paper in a pot, or in your garden please cover with just 1/8” of soil and keep moist until established.