Earth Day - Seed Bombs

Earth Day - Seed Bombs

Earth Day is an annual event that is celebrated on April 22nd to demonstrate support for environmental protection and encourages people across the world to be more environmentally friendly. This day brings attention to the growing environmental issues that we have today such as water pollution, global warming, the conservation of our ecosystems, deforestation, and the depletion of earth's natural resources. Pollution not only affects our lives, but also our oceans, land, and especially our marine life. 

There are SO many ways in which we can be more environmentally friendly such as going paperless, planting trees, carpooling, reducing water waste, and of course, recycling! 

"Seed Bombs" are such an awesome idea for not just earth day but any day! They are little balls made up of a combination of compost, clay, or liquified paper and seeds so that they can be launched over walls or fences and into inaccessible areas. These "bombs" reduce the risk of the the seeds being blown away and allows them to bloom and beautify landscapes! We got our awesome idea from One Good Thing which also has other great handmade paper projects!  

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

- Large bowl filled with water 

- Wildflower seeds

- Rubber mold of your shape choice 

- Strainer 

- Blender  

- Recyclable paper 

 

TO MAKE PAPER SLURRY:

1. Rip paper into small pieces and let sit in bowl of water for 10-15 minutes.

2. Blend paper in a blender (in pulses). 

 

SEED BOMB DIRECTIONS:

1. Scoop up some of your paper slurry with a small strainer and when you have enough pulp to make a ball, sprinkle in some seeds.

2. Mix it altogether and then either roll it between your hands to form a ball and press it into a mold. 

3. Take a sponge and firmly press on each seed bomb flower to compact it and to get any excess water out. This will speed up the drying time considerably. 

4. Let sit for 24 hours.

5. If they are still not dry, press them down flat to remove all water. 

6. Let sit for another hour.  

 So what will YOU be dong to make a difference? Remember, there is only ONE earth, let's take care it. BE THE CHANGE!