This easy tutorial for making seed bombs is sure to brighten up your backyard in no time!
One of the downfalls of living in a duplex was never being able to do much with our yard. So as soon as we moved into our house, I knew one of my projects would be DIY seed bombs. I’m a little disappointed that these took me so long to make, actually. They are so easy and fun to make!
You’ll only need a few ingredients and less than an hour of your time to create these. (The bulk of the time was spent combining all of our seed packets, honestly.) Be sure to check out the tips under the instructions to make sure your seed bombs have the best chance of yielding beautiful flowers in your yard!
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DIY seed bomb supplies
You’ll need four parts clay to one part soil and one part seed. For our mixture, I used:
- 4oz Air Dry Clay (I used this one)
- 1oz Potting Soil (Something like this)
- 1oz Flower Seeds (These are a great option)
Optional: although we didn’t use it, many people use red clay powder as well.
DIY seed bomb steps
- Spread out the clay to be large enough to pour the dirt on it.
- Pour the dirt on the clay and then pour the seeds on top of it.
- Fold together and then knead until the mixture is thoroughly mixed together.
- Roll out into a 3/4 inch log and make a cut every 1/2 inch. Roll each section into a ball.
- Let sit in the sun to dry out if necessary and then toss where you’d like the flowers to bloom.
The amount of supplies and the amount of cuts I mentioned in the steps will yield 23 seed bombs. You may want less or more depending on the area(s) you plan to bomb – just adjust the amount of supplies or reduce/increase the amount of cuts.
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Be selective about your flowers | Plants that are native to your area are much more likely to grow and less likely to endanger the bird/insect populations as well as the environment. Also, be sure to choose flowers that match the area you’re bombing. If you’re choosing a spot in full sun, make sure to get flowers that are best in full sun. Not all seeds will sprout so make sure each bomb has an assortment of seeds.
Make sure clay is covering everything | Birds and other animals are less likely to eat things covered in clay. In order to give you seeds the best chance at germinating, protect them by ensuring the clay covers all of your seeds. Once your seeds are ready to germinate, it will be able to break through the clay and spread it’s roots into the ground.
Timing is everything | Spring is the best time to toss these DIY seed bombs in your yard. Try to time it before a heavy rainfall in order to help the seeds germinate.
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That’s it! Easy peasy, right? These would also be a cute wedding favor or gift for someone. If you’re planning to give these to a loved one, just keep them dry and in a dark place beforehand.
Please let me know if you make these DIY seed bombs! I’d love to see your results.
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