How to Make Tissue Paper Seed Bombs

on April 17, 2016

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Quick and easy steps to make your own colorful seed bombs to throw and grow wild flowers. Great Earth Day crafts for kids and wedding favors.

When I was in grade school, I remember celebrating Earth Day with soil lessons, making those super fun seed sprout bags, and eating worms an dirt. I’m sure there was more, but that’s whats going through my brain right now.

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I promise this is going somewhere, so just bear with me.  My friend Angie is also getting married soon with a science themed wedding. It’s awesome. I’m not gonna lie. We were talking about what she should do as favors, and the idea of seed bombs came up.  To which my brain hearkened back to Earth Day activities and I thought it would be such a fun thing to do with the kiddos! See, I connected it! Be proud of me!

Quick and easy steps to make your own colorful seed bombs to throw and grow wild flowers. Great Earth Day crafts for kids and wedding favors.

Anyhoo, for Angie’s wedding we wanted to create something that had a pop of color and you can’t really do that with soil…. I mean its brown. So! We had the idea to use tissue paper so we could control the colors. The kids really took to this… I mean, who doesn’t like tearing up paper? Fair warning, you’re going to need a blender for this. I LOVE using my Magic Bullet for these types of projects.

Quick and easy steps to make your own colorful seed bombs to throw and grow wild flowers. Great Earth Day crafts for kids and wedding favors.

Tissue Paper Seed Bombs

Tissue Paper (1 sheet/bomb)
Packages of Wildflower Seeds (1 small package makes about 2-3 bombs)
Water
Small bowls or plastic food containers (1 for each color bomb)
Paper Towels or Cheesecloth
Binder clips
Blender or food processor

1. Tear up your tissue paper.

Quick and easy steps to make your own colorful seed bombs to throw and grow wild flowers. Great Earth Day crafts for kids and wedding favors.

2. Pour water over your tissue paper so that it is completely soaked. I let the kiddos do this with a little bit at a time. They thought it was really cool to watch it soak through the paper and spread.

Quick and easy steps to make your own colorful seed bombs to throw and grow wild flowers. Great Earth Day crafts for kids and wedding favors.

3. Set up your drying station by suspending 2 paper towels over your bowls. I used some plastic food containers then used the binder clips to keep it suspended.

4. Use your blender to mash the tissue paper into a pulp, then pour over your drying station. Do this for each color tissue paper.

Quick and easy steps to make your own colorful seed bombs to throw and grow wild flowers. Great Earth Day crafts for kids and wedding favors.

5. Mix your seeds up into each color.

6. Squeeze out excess liquid while forming small balls with each color. The kids thought this was hilarious and there was water everywhere. Probably best to do it outside or over the sink.

Quick and easy steps to make your own colorful seed bombs to throw and grow wild flowers. Great Earth Day crafts for kids and wedding favors.

7. Set your seed bombs out to dry. It takes about 24 hours (less if you live in sunny SoCal)

8. Once your seed bombs are dry, you can gift them to friends or use them yourselves!

Quick and easy steps to make your own colorful seed bombs to throw and grow wild flowers. Great Earth Day crafts for kids and wedding favors.

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17 Comments

  • Reply Jill Adler

    ok, sounds like a fun project but then how do you “use” them? I’m not a gardener and have yet to grow seeds that came in a postcard, etc. 🙁

    April 18, 2016 at 12:02 pm
    • Reply Chelsea

      Hi Jill! We just planted ours whole in the soil and watered them. I have a flower pot that I keep in the window sill so I actually remember to water it. (I live in SoCal so we don’t get too much rain)

      April 18, 2016 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    This is so cool. Sharing with my friend!

    April 18, 2016 at 12:20 pm
  • Reply Krista Williams

    This is so so cute! My friend is a teacher and would love this idea – thank you so much for sharing!
    xoxo
    Krista
    http://www.hundredblog.com

    April 18, 2016 at 12:32 pm
    • Reply Chelsea

      Thanks for stopping by!

      April 18, 2016 at 2:28 pm
  • Reply Chantal

    I love these they are so neat! I can’t wait to make them and see how they work.

    April 18, 2016 at 8:02 pm
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  • Reply Cara

    Wow. This is soo cool! Who knew?!
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    April 19, 2016 at 4:27 pm
  • Reply Sue

    I’m trying this idea with my grandson! Thanks for sharing with us at #OvertheMoon Link Party. I’ve pinned and shared.
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    April 6, 2017 at 9:53 pm
  • Reply Shirley Wood

    Such a clever idea and so easy to do. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday.
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    April 7, 2017 at 4:37 am
  • Reply Vanessa

    These are awesome. I am going to make these for sure. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party.
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    April 9, 2017 at 5:11 pm
  • Reply Emily

    What a fun idea to teach kids about growing plants. Thanks for sharing at the Monday Funday Party! – Emily

    April 11, 2017 at 12:14 pm
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  • Reply Dave Mainwaring Framingham, MA

    How do you keep the seeds from germinating from the “wet” seed bomb?

    September 17, 2017 at 8:14 am
    • Reply Chelsea

      If you press the excess water out of your paper ball the seeds will not germinate while the paper dries. You have to do this quickly so ideally mixing one color at a time then quickly squeezing and drying each ball.

      September 18, 2017 at 12:44 pm

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