This blog was originally created for the Pop Shop America Enews in 2013 by Houston Makerspace.
These Paper Seed Bombs aren’t just for renegade gardening! They also make super cute wedding gifts or gifts for just about anytime. There are several different methods to making seed bombs, all of which have their own merits.
Here’s a DIY Wildflower Seed Packet that we created last year at Pop Shop America, for example.
Paper Seed Bombs are a different recipe than using clay or other materials. It’s easy to work with and leaves your hands mess free. They are also so versatile because you can choose any color paper and also form them into lots of different shapes.
Mold (Like a Candy Mold)
*if you want to skip the mold you can use a cookie sheet + rolling pin to smooth it out and cut it into shapes with cookie cutters
First, take your paper and shred it into small bits. They need to be small pieces – 1 inch or less. Remember your paper can be any color – white, pink, or yellow. Black would be cool too!
Add the paper and plenty of water to the blender. It should be at least a few cups of water. It’s okay to add too because you can always strain it out later. Please don’t overthink this step because the amount of water can vary! It depends on how thick your paper is and how well it absorbs water. There are lots of different paper with different qualities.
Blend the paper and water until it’s completely liquified.
Add your seeds and mix thoroughly. You can use any kind of seeds – herbs, wildflowers, sunflowers, or whatever you like.
Now put your pulp & seed mixture in the strainer. Use a little bittle of pressure to help it strain and keep the paper in the strainer for a few minutes. Now, add your paper mixture to the molds and apply additional pressure with a paper towel if any water is left.
Let them dry and viola – Paper Seed Bombs!
You can make them into lots of cool shapes. Simple shapes work best. More complicated shapes can get confusing. Here’s are some adorable daisy seed bombs by One Good Thing by Jillee.
And these pink heart seed bombs by Dabbles & Babbles are so fun!
Here are some by Serendipity Refined that use a cookie cutter to shape. The easiest way to make these types of shapes is to roll out your paper mixture and press it with a rolling pin. While the paper is still wet, punch the shapes with a cookie cutter.
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