DIY Wildflower Seed Bombs
Hello, friends! I am so excited to share this easy and sweet little craft tutorial with you today. Now that we live on the farm, we officially have the large roadside ditches near us that are so often filled with native prairie plants and wildflowers - aka weeds. Ha! We love it, though! Those plants are food for pollinators and native wildlife. Plus, most often, you can forage for food in the ditch too. I have found wild garlic and herbs in the ditches here multiple times. It's fascinating! I am excited to continue learning about that area of homesteading this summer so that I can share it here. I know that I will be putting out the signs that say, "Don't Mow" and "Don't Spray" around our yard! Jill and I decided that we wanted to at least plant some colorful flowers in amongst whatever is already growing there this spring. Since we have a perimeter of ditches around our property, spreading the seed will not exactly be using individually planting each seed. Our next best option? Making seed bombs! These are little balls of clay, potting soil, and seeds that break down and sow themselves after a good rain. That makes them perfect to toss in the days once the last spring frost date hits - that's April 25th here in Iowa! You can make these now and store them in a cool, dry place until then. It makes a great project to work on while you wait for spring to come!
Supplies + Instructions |
- Seeds! Not sure what counts as a wildflower? Try using poppies, cornflower, marigolds, cosmos, hollyhocks, zinnias, china aster, echinacea, sweet william, and sweet alyssum.
- Potting Soil
- Paper Clay
- Warm Water
- Large Mixing Bowl
- Fabric Scraps + Twine to wrap
- In a large bowl, mix together the seeds and potting soil. I generally like to do about a quart of potting soil with one cup of seeds!
- Add about 2-3 cups of clay. Try to mix this in with your fingers, pinching it together almost like cutting in cold butter to a pie crust.
- Slowly incorporate the tap warm water. The measurement should be to your best judgement - not overly wet but not dry enough that the mixture does not clump together.
- Shape into balls, about the size you would make a ball of cookie dough.
- Place on parchment paper on a baking sheet. Let air dry overnight until hardened.
- Wrap in scraps of pretty fabric, twist, and tie off with twine. Gift these to your friends and neighbors! When ready to use, toss out into the field and water thoroughly. Then let nature do its work!
How easy was that? These make great gifts and party favors! I would love to receive this gift from a neighbor. It's thoughtful, cost effective, and sustainable. I have been having such a fun time starting my seeds and making these with the anticipation of warmer weather ahead. I am really ready to start photographing plants again and stretch my legs outside. I hope you have fun making these!