Wildflower Seed Bombs

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There’s nothing quite like the site of a lush field of wildflowers. This was my favorite thing to look for on long road trips when I was growing up. I’d stare out the window as the car moved, hoping to catch a patch of openness where the sun was shining down, giving life to the brightly colored petals. Now when I see this, I don’t think twice before stopping the car to go dance with the stems swaying in the wind. 

I still have the same feeling towards wildflowers, and I love that we always have some laying around our desks – fresh or dry – to use as picture props. When I heard about seed bombs, I couldn’t wait to make some. These little balls of life are meant to help build ecosystems, and if you aren’t quite the green-thumb, this just might be the easiest way to grow a field of flowers. From an empty lot, to your own backyard, flowers will begin to grow wherever you throw your seed bomb. I like the idea of doing this in a vacant grassy field. These also make awesome gifts for friends and loved ones!

seeds and flowers

What you need:

Wildflower Seeds

Soil

Air Dry Clay

Water

seeds in hand

For my seed bombs, I used three packs of wildflower seeds. You can purchase these at any home & garden store.

seeds in bowl

The trick here is to make a mixture that is one part soil, one part seeds, and three parts clay.

soil

Add in the soil next over the seeds.

hands in bowl

Fold the three parts clay into the soil and seeds. Add in a little bit of water to soften up the clay and to help combine the mixture.

seed bombs

Once everything is well combined, start taking pieces of your mixture and rolling it into little balls. The air dry clay will take a couple days to harden. Once they are dry, pick a spot to start flower bombing!  Wherever it lands, the hard clay will protect the seeds from being washed away from rain or picked up by critters. The clay will hold in water, helping to germinate the seeds, which the soil inside the ball will help to grow!

seed bomb wedding gift

Seed bombs can make for great wedding favors too. I love the way a piece of burlap looks wrapped around them with a little dried flower tucked in the center. These look so cute placed around a table!

wedding bombs

Have fun spreading the seed love :)

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Comments

morgan -June 20, 2014, 9:02AM

love this photo set – and the wildflower idea is awesome! a friend hosted a seed bomb party a few years ago and it was a great (girly!) time, and even more fun chucking them around the city afterwards :)

LamentingLizzie -June 20, 2014, 9:26AM

I really love these photos and idea. Any tips as to where your rings came from? I love them.

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Kayse -June 20, 2014, 10:20PM

This is great! Wonderful idea. So simple to make.

Juliette Laura -June 21, 2014, 11:01AM

Oh so cute! Great idea!

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Cayte -June 21, 2014, 9:36PM

While this is a great idea, I caution people about using these generic “wildflower” seed packets. Most contain seeds that are not native to the regions where they are sold. The responsible thing to do is to use seed from plants native to your region. Contact your state or regional native plant society for more information about where to purchase native plant seed. http://www.ahs.org/gardening-resources/societies-clubs-organizations/native-plant-societies

Dawn -June 22, 2014, 10:43AM

What a lovely post! I would love to try my hand making seed bombs. Is the air-dry clay a powder, or is it purchased in small “bricks”? I’ll keep an eye out for it in the shops!

Kacey Royer -June 26, 2014, 12:52PM

I just made my own wild flower bombs!! Check them out @kaceyroyer on Instagram! Xx

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