Kick off summer by making seed bombs with your family! Seed bombs are a super fun way to get your planting started this summer. “Beauty bomb” your garden to add colorful flowers that will help attract pollinators or give them away as gifts to bring joy and color to your family, friends, and neighbors!
Seed Bomb Recipe
3-4 packages of flower seeds*
3 sheets of construction paper (colored construction paper works especially well to make them pop)
3 small containers
Baking sheet and parchment paper (for drying seed bombs)
Cut your construction paper into one-inch squares. Place each color in a separate container.
Add water to each container. Cover the paper completely and allow to soak for 20 minutes.
Take one container and squeeze the excess water out of the paper. Place the paper in a food processor and pulse until the paper becomes pulp. Repeat for all colors.
Divide the package (or packages) of seeds between the three containers and gently mix them into the pulp.
Start by taking a bit of each color seed mixture from each container and forming it into a ball. You can get creative by forming different shapes and mixing desired colors.
Place your homemade seed bomb on a parchment-lined baking tray. Put them out in the sun for the day or in a warm place inside and let them dry overnight.
Once completely dry, give them as gifts or toss your flower seed bombs into your favorite pot or garden plot (you will still need to dig a hole or turn the soil and water regularly). If you’re not going to be planting or gifting them right away, be sure to store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep the seeds viable.
Due to the various germination rates of the seeds and the variety included, it’ll be a surprise what decides to pop up! Enjoy the beautiful, bountiful flowers and all the fun pollinators that visit your garden.
*Important note on seeds: Some flowers, while beautiful, can be toxic. Be sure to do your research to avoid planting anything that may be harmful to household pets and/or children. Flowers can also spread easily once they go to seed and become a nuisance in your garden space (and beyond). Some examples of these include Queen Anne’s Lace, Sweet Alyssum, Nasturtium, Black Eyed Susan Vine, and Bengal Clock Vine. Be considerate of what seeds you use to avoid the potential of spreading any kind of plant that could become a weed or an invasive plant. You can check Hawaii’s most invasive horticultural plants list before seeding or planting.
Grow Some Good is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating hands-on, outdoor learning experiences that cultivate curiosity about natural life cycles, connect students to their food sources, and inspire better nutrition choices. In addition to helping establish food gardens and living science labs in local schools, we provide resources and curriculum support through community partnerships in agriculture, science, food education, and nutrition.