Seed Bombs are a unique spring favor idea and simple to make yourself. With only a few ingredients to collect along with your favorite wildflower seeds, mixing up a batch of seed bombs makes for a fun afternoon craft. If you enjoy gardening, then you’ll love getting your hands dirty for this project.
• Wildflower Seeds (about 10 packages)
• Air dry red clay (I found mine at Michael’s)
• Gardening dirt
The process for making seed bombs is extremely easy but a bit messy, so I would suggest taking this project outside. Mix together 4 parts clay to 1 part dirt (I just eyeballed it. Don’t worry about being exact). I chose 10 packages of wildflower seeds native to my area and mixed the seeds into the dirt/clay mix with about 1 cup of water (adding a little a time). I used my hands to mix everything (this is the fun, messy part). I would recommend adding the water only a little a time. You only want to add enough to make the dirt/clay/seed mix workable. It should have a similar consistency to cookie dough. You don’t want it to be too wet or sticky as it will be difficult to form the ‘bombs’. I had to add in more dirt to my mix because I poured in too much water initially.
Once you have a cookie dough like mix, begin forming the balls. I rolled mine to about the size of a golf ball then set them on a parchment lined tray to air dry. Depending on where you live, and your humidity levels, it could take 2-3 days for your seed bombs to dry completely. Once dry, they are ready to be packaged for wedding favors!
Inspired by the new Color Wash style, I decided to wrap my seed bombs in tie-dye tissue paper (see how-to instructions below). I wrapped each seed ball in turquoise and violet dyed tissue and decorated them with labels and tags that included the instruction, “Plant Me”.
Tie-Dye Tissue Paper
Tutorial adapted from Honest to Nod
• White tissue paper
• Liquid watercolors, food coloring or ink
• Disposable cups (paper or plastic)
• Paper Towels
• Rubber bands or paper clips
Step 1: Fold a piece of tissue paper accordion style, back and forth, into one long rectangle.
Step 2: Take one corner of the rectangle and fold it to the left edge to form a triangle. Continue turning and folding the rectangle into a triangle shape until you have one complete paper triangle. Secure with rubber bands or paper clips. (I made this late at night so was unable to take photos. If you are like me, and learn best with visuals, I would suggest using this tutorial for reference).
Step 3: Liquid watercolors, food coloring or ink will work for this project. Pour your desired colors into small paper or plastic cups and begin dipping your tissue triangles into each color. I chose turquoise and violet and allowed my triangles to soak for a minute or two in each color to make sure that it soaked all the way through the folded tissue.
Step 4: Pat each triangle onto a paper towels to get rid of the excess dye and set aside to dry. I waited about 24 hours to unfold mine and they were still quite damp. If you are like me and a bit impatient, be extremely careful unfolding the wet/damp tissue as it will tear very easily. Once completely dry I cut each sheet of tissue into 4 squares, making the perfect size to wrap up the seed bomb favor.
- Small Circle Labels • I chose the new “Color Wash” style in Lilac and Aruba.
- Oval Tags • I chose the new “Color Wash” style in Lilac and Aruba.
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