DIY Wildflower Seed Bombs!

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Following is a fun Gift Idea and guest post
from The Brady Girls at Cookin’ Food… enjoy!!




What on earth is a seed bomb? Well to describe them, they are clever little balls of clay, dirt, and seeds that you can make and share as gifts. Kids will love making and using these because it involves getting their hands busy in the wonderful cool clay and dirt, and ‘bombing’. Truth be known, I had a great time getting my hands dirty and squishing the cool concoction between my fingers. It was like I was 5 again. Love it!.

Earth Day is a few days away… Mother’s Day is coming, Oh and let’s not forget the end of the school year is fast approaching! A teacher might like a little thank you gift that keeps on giving…

Seed Bombs

You’ll need:
Packs of wild flowers
Air dry red clay
Gardening dirt

These are super easy to make, but are a bit messy so be sure to make these outside. All you need is a small container of red clay, the air dry stuff works best and is so cheap at Wal-Mart. To this I added dirt from the garden. Yup, regular dirt. I did relocate a few worms, but that is the fun of it! I mixed together about 4 parts clay to 1 part dirt, but this was not exact. You do not have to be exact here, we are not baking a cake. Then I took about 10 packs of various wildflower seeds that are native to my area and added only enough water to get everything workable. I believe I only used a bit less than 2 cups water. Then the fun, I mixed and squished and mixed some more until everything was the consistency of thick cookie dough, not too sticky. That was my favorite part!! Then roll these into the desired size. I made them smaller than a ping pong ball and it made about 5 dozen. Then set them on a tray until completely dry. Depending on where you live and your humidity levels, it could take a couple of days. Then package up and give away.

There should be instructions included, something fun and clever explaining what these funny little things are. Something like: “Fling me into the wild blue yonder where I will be sure to land on ground that is in need of beauty and color, like a vacant field or abandoned lot. Or plant in a sunny location and water regularly.”

Now when I was all done with this little project, and began to clean up, I passed by the spinach patch I realized that it did NOT have to be just flowers. Think about it -lettuce and spinach and kale! All of these grow well and quick. Deer and other woodland creatures will love this as a treat.

Oh and a side note. After I had finished and hours had passed, my dear Hubby saw a plateful of little round, brown nuggets. He thought they were cake balls and was reaching his hand out to grab one while asking what sort of cake they were. “STOP!!!” I yelled, “don’t eat those! They are dirt!” The craziest look came over him. I then explained and we both just giggled, but oh how we would NOT have been laughing had he got a mouthful of those. Well, I would have laughed… and laughed. And I am actually giggling right now writing this.

Anyways, try them out with your family. Then let us know what you think and how much fun you had dispersing these around town. Maybe take some pictures when your eco-friendly works of art start to appear this summer! Happy Earth Day!

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11 Responses to DIY Wildflower Seed Bombs!

  1. Cindy says:

    These are so fun! We’re going to attach them to the Teacher Tree printables you posted last week for our end of the year thank you gifts. LOVE THIS BLOG!!!!

    (http://thefrugalgirls.com/2012/04/teacher-appreciation-gift-idea.html)

    “Thank you for helping us grow this year. We’ve made of few extra seeds for you here!”

  2. Naomi says:

    Love this idea, so creative and such a fun thing to do!

  3. michelle says:

    I made this this weekend with my 3 year old. I tried to mix them in my Kitchenaid mixer and the clay was too gooey it just stuck to the mixing paddle. It worked better to just use my hands. I used 2.5 lb air dry clay from hobby lobby (it came in a 10 lb box for $8 before 40% off coupon) 1 cup dirt and 1/2 c water so it would dry faster. My church is giving them away on Mother’s Day to all the moms. They are packaged in little treat bags with labels and two shades of ribbon to tie it together.

  4. drew says:

    Thanks for the post! We saw a bunch on Etsy and wondered how they were made! We will have to make one soon!!!!

  5. JoAnn says:

    Love the seed bomb idea! How long can you store them?

  6. Cathy says:

    Can’t wait to try these and give forchristmas gifts

  7. Grace says:

    I just made these for my baby shower, I’m giving them away as the shower favor. I couldn’t easily find the air dry red clay so I ended up digging up some clay from my backyard (you dig down far enough and it’s pure clay where I live) I’m pretty sure they will dry alright, the shower’s not for a week. Love this idea!!

  8. amber says:

    Love this idea. Have many gardeners on my list as well. Will be making these for Christmas gifts.

  9. Alissa says:

    Could you use basil or oregano for this? My friend lives in Alaska and loves to cool. Would these work for indoor plants?

  10. Amanda says:

    i love this idea! i haven’t tried it yet, but it would be cool to get your mixture to a consistency where you could roll it out and use cookie cutters! poke a hole in the top and when it dries it would make a cool embellishment on a gift! (again, i haven’t tried this, it may be too breakable) just a thought, though! i will definitely be doing some flower bombing this summer!

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