My daughter is 100% committed to caring for our Earth and the animals and people on it. We recently learned about bees and our family decided to create a wildflower garden that bees would love. That inspired us to create these recycled paper DIY wildflower seed bombs as part of our Kind Kids Club – to beautify our community and help save the bees. Get this fun, kid-friendly DIY just in time for Earth Day and Spring gardening!
Before creating our wildflower seed bombs, we headed to our local nursery to get some tips on flowers that bees and other pollinators would like. We discovered that bees are particuallary drawn to blue flowers and that yellow flowers appear blue to them!
It’s a good idea to find wildflowers that are local to your area. The bees will enjoy them and they will be sure to grow well in your local soil and weather. Our local nursery had several different wildflower seeds and blends to choose from. In the end we choose the Arizona Summer Bloom Wildflower mix for our seed bombs since we live in the hot and dry desert climate of Arizona.
Start by tearing your construction paper into smallish pieces. We choose 2 pieces of purple, 2 pieces of pink and 2 pieces of green construction paper and kept them separated by color. Tip: 2 pieces of construction paper made about 4 seed bombs for us.
Soak the pieces in a bowl covered in water for 20 mins. Drain off most of water and blend paper in the food processor.
Once your paper is blended, squeeze out any excess moisture. Press some paper into the bottom of your silicone mold, just enough to cover the bottom.
Add a pinch of wildflower seeds to each mold. TIP: try to keep the seeds in the middle and away from the edges. We had some trouble with the ones my son did, being too full of seeds, and the top and bottom not drying together because there wasn’t enough wet paper to create a good seal.
Add more of the paper on top of your seeds and press down to seal and cover the seeds. Let your seed bombs dry overnight.
Once they are dry, gently pop out your wildflower seed bombs from the molds. We created a free printable. As part of our Kind Kids Club we knew we were going to be giving these away to help beautify our community and help our bees and we hope you do too!
We put our wildflower seed bombs in a clear bag, folded over the top, and punch holes in it. We tied off our printable and baggie with a pretty ribbon and surprised some friends with them.
The instructions are easy. Just toss them out in your yard, water them and they will grow wildflowers in a few weeks!
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