Friday, April 4, 2014


I came across the seed bomb while searching for Easter basket ideas on Etsy. There are several different types you can purchase if you don’t want to take the time to make your own. However, I am a big DIY girl and decided why not try it. 

It's a very easy project and Kensi loved helping, but it is a little time consuming. 
We started by shredding up tissue paper and colored construction paper. About one sheet of each will be enough to make six different colored seed bombs. Kensi kept herself busy shredding the paper into small pieces. Come on what kidlit wouldn't love an excuse to year up paper??!!? 

Next, pour enough water to cover each bowl of paper. Yes I let Kensi pour and yes we did this on the carpet. Brave I know, but it's just water and she was only given a few tablespoons at a time. 

 Allow the paper to soak for about 10 minutes in water until they become soggy. 
Next, one at a time pour the colored paper and water into a food processor or blender, blend until there are no more pieces of paper. Remove your blended mixture and place back into it's original bowl. Continue with each bowl of colored paper until you have blended each individually. 

Pour each bowl into a mug lined with cheesecloth. We wrapped a rubber band around the rim in order to keep it from slipping. This will allow the excess water to drain out. 

Then, we sprinkled in our favorite seeds. You can mix different seeds together, but you do need to make sure they have the same growing seasons and they are compatible. If you’re not sure you can use a wild flower mix. 
We chose to use pastel colored poppies. 
One packet of seeds is plenty for one batch of six seed bombs. Sprinkle the seeds on top of the color paper in each mug. 

Now this next step can be a little tricky. Pick up the cheese cloth and over a large bowl pour the excess water fr the mug into the bowl. Still holding the cheesecloth filled with your paper and seeds, gently remove the paper/seeds from the cheesecloth and into your hand. 
Squeeze the excess water out using your hand and roll the paper & seed mixture into a ball like cookie dough or press into a shaped mold of your choice. You can use an ice cube tray or a cookie cutter for a unique shape. 
Place your seed bombs on a tray or plate and let them dry out. 
Once they’re dry they are ready to be gifted or planted. If you’re giving these away as a gift {perfect for May Day baskets!} wrap them in tissue paper individually or in pods of three. 

If you’re ready to plant, make a hole in your soil about 1 - 2 inches deep, place your seed bomb inside and cover with dirt. Make sure you remember to water your flowers each day.

Happy Planting!

10 comments so far

  1. How long would these last (say, if we gave as Christmas gifts)...would they need to be planted right away or is there a shelf-life?

    1. Typically for seed bombs or seeded paper, they should be planted within a year to get the best results. When we make them we usually plant them within in a month or so, but we’ve also only made them in the spring. I think if you were to make these and give them as Christmas gifts, they should be perfectly fine to be planted next year :)

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    1. We let ours sit in a sunny spot outside for the day and continued to let them dry over night. Within 24 hours they should be completely dry.

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    1. We planted ours in a small pot and they did grow. Depending on what seeds you choose, make sure you know how much room they need to grow.

  4. Sounds like a great idea! It looks like a fun activity for kids to help make. She's looks like she's having fun and enjoying herself. I'm going to make some right now.


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