Seed Bombs

We really love to find a way to celebrate all the little occasions which come round each year and it is always great to find a craft to match too. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and these little seed bombs are an adorable little craft for this occasion but they would also make the most amazing gift for Mother’s Day or a wonderful birthday present for a keen gardener. Best of all they are easy to make and you can recycle your old paper to make them so not only can you help the bees by planting wild flowers, you can also help the planet by recycling too!

If you haven’t heard of seed bombs before, they have a wonderful history.
Masanobu Fukuoka used them all the way back in 1938 as a natural way to farm without the use of chemicals or machines and so created no pollution. His seed bombs were called Tsuchi Dango, meaning ‘Earth Dumpling’ and he believed that Mother Nature would decide which crops would grow. His seed bombs were made from clay soil. He would seed bomb river banks, road sides and wastelands so that vegetables would grow up amongst the weeds! Later, in 1973, a movement called Green Guerillas begun in New York. Green Guerillas, who sound scary but actually were people who wanted to brighten the area they live in through gardening. The Green Guerillas would throw “seed green-aids” which were water balloons or old Christmas ornaments filled with compost, fertilizer, seeds, and water. The aim was that the plants would grow without the need for a gardener.

Rather than using soil, water bombs or old Christmas decorations, these seed bombs are made using recycled paper. When damp, this can help the seeds to germinate.

To make seed bombs, you will need:
– Paper (scrap paper or an old newspaper is perfect)
– Water
– Wild Flower Seeds
– Bowl
– Blender or Food Processor
– A Mould (a heart shaped one is perfect for Valentine’s Day but isn’t essential in fact the seed bombs can also be made free hand if you don’t have a mould)

First you need your scrap paper. I used an advertising booklet which had been posted through the door. Make sure the paper you’re using isn’t glossy. An old newspaper or paper that’s been used for drawing or writing on is perfect. I used about 6 sheets of A4.

Rip the paper up into little pieces. Don’t worry about being precise as you are going to turn the paper into pulp. Pop the ripped up paper into a bowl.

Cover the paper with water and then leave your paper alone for about 20 minutes.

Squeeze out any excess water and then pop the soggy paper into your blender or food processor and whizz them into a pulp. If you find the paper isn’t mushing up, add a little water 1 tablespoon at a time. If you need to add extra water, once you have paper pulp, give it squeeze to take the water back out again.

Take your mould and pop some of your pulp into each section so they are about half full. Push the pulp into the mould so it is packed in quite tightly so that when they are dry you are left with the shape of your mould. This mould was a freebie off the front of a magazine. It doesn’t need to be a silicon mould as when the seed bombs dry they fall out very easily.

Next, sprinkle your wild seeds on top of your pulp.

Then fill up the moulds with the remaining paper pulp. Again, make sure you push the pulp quite tightly into the mould. You want the pulp to become solid and to give you the shape of the mould.
If you don’t have a mould, take a little bit of pulp in your hands and squash it together to make a flat circle in your hand. Then add a few wild flower seeds and then take a bit more pulp to enclose the seeds. Use your hands to squash the pulp together in a ball. Try to squeeze the ball together as tightly as you can.

Now you need to be patient and leave your seed bombs to dry. This will take about 5 days. You’ll know when they are ready because they will feel dry. Once your seed bombs are dry, they will easily fall out of the mould.
If you are making these to be a gift, you could decorate a paper bag or little box to put them into. Do avoid using a plastic bag so your gift remains really eco friendly!
When you, or your recipient, want to use your seed bombs, simply soak them in water and then you can either plant them in soil or they can be thrown over an area where wild flowers can grow. If you are planning to throw your seed bombs over an area which needs some love, do make sure you have permission to do so. Our local Environment Centre has a special area for planting wild flowers and you may find that you have something similar near you. Of course, you can also use them in your own garden. Wild flowers are perfect for making your garden bee friendly.

If you have a go at making seed bombs, I’d love to see.
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If you’ve enjoyed this tutorial on how to make seed bombs, you may also enjoy:
– Nature Scavenger Hunt
– Nature Trails With Tracking Signs
– We’re Going On A Tree Hunt
– Reusable Party Poppers

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7 comments

  1. This is such a cool idea! I always wondered how the seeds bombs are made, and I didn’t think I could do them myself at home. I love how you’ve shaped them as little hearts.

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