- 4 cups loose neutral-colored paper (preferably recycled)
- Natural Dye Material (see options below)
- Potting soil or compost
- Wildflower seeds native to your location (see options for Northwest Florida below)
- Powdered cinnamon or turmeric
Directions for assembly:
- Add your natural dye to the water. Do one container of water for each color you want.
- Rip up your paper and put it in a bowl. Let it soak in the water for at least 30 minutes.
- Put your mixture in your blender and blend on high for about 20 seconds.
- Pour the blended mixture into a fine mesh sieve or colander and let it drain for about 30 minutes. Remove most of the excess water by squeezing the mixture with your hands. Be careful to leave a bit of moisture in the mixture so that it can still bind to each other during assembly.
- To construct the seed bombs, you’’ need to start with your paper mixture. You can use things such as a mini cupcake pan or silicon cake pop mold to aid in the bombs shape, but it’s easy to use your hands. Get enough paper to make the bottom of the ball, add a bit of soil, a pinch of seeds, and a dash of cinnamon or turmeric. Adding this to the inside of your seed bombs protects against fungus and bacteria damaging your seed once the outer mixture begins to degrade. Finish off the ball with a top layer of the paper mixture.
- Let these seed bombs dry overnight, or until the moisture has evaporated out of it. If you are keeping them for a while, store them in a cool and dry place.
Natural Dye Options
Native Wildflowers to Northwest Florida
“Florida Panhandle Wildflower Alliance.” Florida Wildflower Foundation, flawildflowers.org/florida-panhandle-wildflower-alliance/.
Link to PDF: file:///C:/Users/laure/Downloads/PanhandleFlorida%20WildflowersBrochure2019.pdf
“Naturally Dyed Seed Bombs.” Hobby Farms, 25 Apr. 2016, www.hobbyfarms.com/naturally-dyed-seed-bombs/.