Making Seed Bombs with Air Dry Clay
One easy way to help bees is by making seed bombs. Making seed bombs with air dry clay is so easy that even the kids can get involved. When it comes to making our world a better place for bees, every flower counts. Create more plant diversity in your neighborhood by planting a variety of flowers for bees.
This project is a great way to spend a rainy day. It is something that works well with kids and adults. Use a drop cloth or newspaper to catch any spills.
There are several ways to make flower seed bombs, including Making Seed Balls with Dry Red Clay. However, that method is a bit messier because you need to use water.
Making seed bombs with air dry clay requires very few materials. And all of the ingredients are easy to find.
It is a good project for young kids who are working on developing gross motor skills. But, it is also a good hand exercise for senior citizens.
What are Seed Bombs?
Seed bombs, or seed balls, are composed of 3 basic ingredients. First, choose the flower seed of your choice that will work in your climate.
Second, we need a bit of potting soil to help nourish the germinating seeds inside.
Then, some type of binding agent (in our case “air-dry” clay) that holds everything together until the plant is ready to grow.
When the seed bomb is thrown into a barren landscape, rain will cause the seeds to sprout inside the ball.
The new seedling is nourished by the soil as the clay is slowly dissolved by rain.
The whole purpose of making seed bombs is to create more blooming flowers without any care by the gardener. Of course, not every bomb will result in a successful plant.
However, they are so inexpensive that you can make a lot of them. Don’t be stingy with them – seed bombs away!
Seed Bombs are Great Gifts
These easy to make DIY Seed Bombs are perfect for gifts. Whether you need a small gift for teacher appreciation, Mother’s Day, Wedding Favors or any occasion, this is an inexpensive way to promote pollinator habitat.
When your seed bombs are finished, wrap each one (or several) in a colorful piece of fabric.
Attach a label that tells the user what to do and there you have it. An eco-friendly gift that allows everyone to take part in helping bees.
- Air-Dry Clay ( I like Terra Cotta but you can use any color)
- Flower Seeds - wildflower mixes suitable for your growing region
- Potting Soil
- Fabric - cut into small 7" squares
- Ribbon or String
- Tag - with User Instructions
- Newspaper or drop cloth for easy clean up
- Break off small pieces of air dry clay. We want to have enough clay to finish with a ball about 1- 1.5” in diameter. Use your thumb to shape the clay into a small bowl. They don't have to be perfect - have fun.
- Mix your flower seeds together in another cup. I like to mix large and small seeds together. You can use any type but choose something easy to grow in your region. Place a small pinch of seeds in your clay bowl.
- Now, let's add a little potting soil - any type will do. Add a teaspoon (or so) of potting mix on top of the seeds. And use your fingers to pinch the clay bowl closed, incorporating the soil and seeds into the clay mixture.
- When finished, gently roll the clay seed bomb in loose potting soil. This natural soil covering will help nourish the seeds as they grow and give your seed bombs a more natural look.
* use fine textured potting soil - large pieces are difficult to work with
* seed bombs will shrink a bit as they dry - this is okay
*use 10-15 flower seeds (mixing in a couple of larger seeds is good too)
Using Seed Bombs as Gifts
Your DIY Seed Bombs make great gifts and it is super easy to make them look really cute.
There are many ways to package them. Cotton fabric, burlap and other breathable materials are best.
Cut a 7” square of colorful fabric. I like cotton or burlap because it allows the clay to continue drying but you can use any kind you wish.
If you cut the material with pinking shears – it will ravel less.
Place 1, 2 or 3 seed bombs in the center and wrap the fabric around it. Tying with a pretty ribbon or string to keep everything in place.
If you use a fabric that is not breathable, let the seed bombs dry for a week or so before wrapping.
You may choose to add a cute tag. This will explain how the recipient can help bees by casting their seed bomb somewhere in need of flowers.
These can be made several weeks ahead and stored until needed. For extra freshness, store them in the refrigerator until you are ready to use or give them.
Conclusion: This simple project is a lot of fun and yet another simple way you can help save the bees.