Make DIY Seed Bombs 🌱 from our Bio Packaging
We are always thinking about ways that we can reduce and reuse our packaging. All of our packaging is either reusable like our cotton drawstring mitten bags, biodegrade like our mailing sacks and cellulose card wallets and our paper shred in our gift sets which is also biodegradable and recycled from another waste product.
I am a self-confessed Pinterest addict and I found a few DIY seed bomb tutorials made using recycled paper shred. Seed bombs are basically little balls of seeds packed together with recycled biodegradable paper, you plant them into soil and they will germinate and grow. It's a great activity to do with the kids as they'll love to help squish the balls into shape and watch the plants grow over time 🌱 Some methods use clay, which i havn't tried yet, but i love that these paper ones can use up our biodegradable packaging.
You will have most of the tools needed lying around in your kitchen to make this. Shaping tools aren't necessary but look effective and are nice to shape if giving as gifts. You can also use cake mould tins or like me- just roll them into balls by hand.
What you'll need:
Recycled paper-like our brown packaging or paper shred, it's important to note that using some newspapers with harmful inks, isn't a good idea as some of the inks are toxic, same applies to coloured tissue papers or high gloss papers.
Blender- any kitchen blender will do
If you want to make fancy shapes- use cookie cutters or kids play-dough cutters, or simply use your hands to shape into balls.
Trays to dry seed bombs on
Gather together recycled paper (our brown paper maling sacks and shredded coffee cups are all BIODEGRADABLE so perfect for this) tear as small as possible.
Soak the torn paper in warm water for at least 1 hour
Add some of the paper and water to the blender, enough water is needed to cover the paper so that the blender can pulse it together, without getting stuck.
Blend the paper and water until you get a pulp. remove the pulp and repeat with the remaining shred.
Repeat until all the shredded paper has been through the blender.
Add the seeds to your pulp mix, make sure they are evenly distributed throughout, the kids will love this part as they can mix in the seeds and get squishy.
Strain the seeded pulp through a cheese or muslin cloth (i used an old tea towel) over a bowl to remove the excess water. don't throw away the water we will use this later.
Roll up the seeded pulp into balls like your making cookies, or if you want to get fancy use some play-doh cutters or even cookie cutters to mould the pulp into shape.
Once youv'e mouled them, let them dry in a warm, but not too hot, dry place for up to 24 hours. keep an eye on them as you don't want them to start germinating too soon.
Once they are dry, they're ready to be planted, or wrap them up as gifts for friends...if you are gifting them, make sure you add some info about the seeds you've used so they know how to care for them.
If your keeping them, throw them and they will grow. . make sure you don't plant or bury them, or throw them onto grass that will be mowed. a great spot for them simply throw them is on top of the soil...pop them on top of your potted plants like the image above and nature will do the rest.
Use the water we saved earlier to give the seed starters a drink and that's it... Watch them grow 🌱