Making Wildflower Seed Bombs – Spread the Love!

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Have you wanted to make your own wildflower seed bombs lately? Seen it on video or social media and wanted to try it too? This is a great diy idea to give to a loved one, or activity to share with your kids, and just general way to spread the love of vegetation and beauty. What is the whole story behind seed bombs? Well you can drop them off places that could use the beauty of flora and fauna, there are a number of ways to make these. I will start with the method of using paper.

Mixing seeds into objects is great for special occasions, cards, you give the recipient something to plant for their own benefit, or that of others. And it’s a great project for Earth Day to, to spend with your kids to teach them about the cycles of growing plants.

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You can use paper or clay (specifically air dry clay) more on the benefits of both shortly.

Start by collecting some colorful paper if you want to make your seed bombs colorful. Construction paper works best due to its fibrous makeup but I am using some older cardstock, because of its age it renders well. Tear it up in many pieces and soak each color in a bowl of water.

torn colorful paper

Don’t be afraid to mix colors slightly as I’m doing here. I’m wanting to give these as a present to my husband on Valentine’s Day so I’m going to make some of them pretty red. They can be any color you want. Let them soak for about an hour or so. it looked like some of the dye in the paper came off in the water. No biggie.

Next you want to get a tool like a blender. I will be using something called the Magic Bullet – a food processor tool that you can use to combine other products too. (No, I’m not shilling here, I like this thing much better than my blender. ) There’s a two blade and a four blade attachment, I’ll stick with the two to see how well it works. Pulse, chop or puree, whatever setting works best, to make the torn paper/water mixture as pulpy as possible  I just push down for about five seconds and release, it took about two pulses to get a good “slurry”.

paper pulp using blender

Then comes the time to drain off the excess water. For this you’re going to need some kind of screen. You could use a mesh basket colander (preferably the kind with a very tight, narrow weave).  I’m actually using my French press ( a device used for making coffee by straining the grounds with a plunger and screen.)  I haven’t used it in awhile and it seems to work well for this.

As a side note – This reminds me so much of a project I had to do in school involving Chinese paper where we would use a blender to stir up torn paper and water and then run it through a screen to press out the excess water, and then let dry to become some version of paper to write on with ink. Moving on….

Take the pulpy paper and mash it up and then mix with some compost or dirt, and then add your seeds. Keep rolling it and try to get each piece into a small ball. The balls should be 1-2″ diameter. Or if you were feeling more creative you could use soap molds or mini muffin tins to press the paper pulp into.

paper pulp seed bombs

Let dry. It make take several hours or overnight. At this point if you used molds you could pop them out. 

Give these as gifts, drop them off various places where you’d like to see the beauty of flowers growing.

Can You Make Seed Bombs with Clay

You could also do this with air dry clay. Since water has the potential to change its natural state once rainfall hits it the seeds should find their way to sprout when all is said and done. Paper is biodegradable, so it will just break apart naturally and the seed will sprout when it’s their time to do so. Polymer clay is made with platsticizers so it wouldn’t work for this kind of project.

At the moment I don’t have any more of that kind of clay but if I do get my hands on a fresh supply I wanted to try it here and share the results.But I might just go back to this recipe instead as it will work on short order.

Edit and Update: I actually liked the clay much better. I’m just not one to mess with wet paper. In addition to the ingredients: flour, salt water and a little bit of cooking oil,  One exception, though: Do NOT add salt. I repeat, substitute whatever you can but do NOT add salt as that’s the no.1 growth inhibitor bar none.

I dyed each bomb with food coloring. I just pinched off a little at a time and sometimes combined colors -like red + blue to make violet. The food color seemed to create a swirled marbled effect. Really cool looking. After working the dye in I add my pinch of seeds.

making seed bombs with clay

And then I just roll them into little balls. I did need to sprinkle more flour onto my work surface (wax paper) as it tended to stick a little. In some cases I needed to add another drop of dye.  From the batch of homemade clay, I ended up with 20 seed bombs total.

They almost look like geodes. Very much in tune with Earth Day, dont you think? I’ll let them set up for a couple of days so they will dry. You can hasten drying by putting them in the oven at a low temp for about a half hour.

clay seed bombs

I arranged them one by one into an egg crate so they can set up (and keep their shape) I was afraid I’d drop them if I moved the paper with all of these clay balls in place.

So you have 2 ways to make these. Oh, and I did not forget about the paper seed bombs from earlier. This is what they look like after 3 days of setting up and fully dry.

finished paper seed bombs Materials List

For the PAPER version:

  • A few sheets of colorful paper (construction works best),
  • a blending instrument,
  • A tool with a screen (e.g colander), cheesecloth
  • Mixture of flower seeds and some compost material
  • (Optional) Small molds, such as those for candles/soap

For the CLAY version:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 2/3 cup warm water
  • Food coloring
  • Mix of flower seeds
  • (Optional) Small molds

Approximate time from prep to completion: About an hour for both methods.

Additional Notes

You could do a “seed pop” variation of these with a handful of natural wooden craft sticks – stick one into each seed bomb right after you form them and write the name of the seed type on the stick. This is a fun twist and a great way to approach multiple types of flower seeds. Dress them up a little by tieing on some twine or jute cord. 

If you use my no bake clay version, keep your seed bombs in the refrigerator until you or the recipient, is ready to “drop” them.

Have fun dropping you wildflower seed bombs ad spreading love wherever you go!

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