Plant Bombs – Earth Day Project
Not only is this Earth Day craft different than planting your typical seeds in soil, it can make for a great little gift for that plant lover in your life! They are unique and easy to make. Plus, they could be fun to just drop little plant bombs in open fields and help spread some flowers around!
> Construction paper (we used a variety of green, blue and some white to mimic Earth)
> A blender of some sort (we used our Ninja and it did well)
> Flower seeds (3 packs)
> Bowls for paper to soak in
> Baking pan
> Parchment paper
Cut the paper into 1 inch square sections. Use as much or as little as you would like depending upon how many balls you would like to make. Put each color in a different bowl.
Cover each color with water until paper is fully soaked. Let the colors sit for 20 minutes.
Once done, squeeze out the excess water from each color. Take one color at a time and place in your blender. Blend until you get confetti, string type paper consistency.
Open the flower seed packets and add them to your bowls of shredded paper.
Begin to make your balls. We used a little bit of blue, green and white to resemble Earth in all of ours. Place on parchment paper that will sit on your baking pan. These will sit out overnight to dry out.
When the balls are dry, plant however you would like! In your garden, in a flower pot…wherever you would like them! We chose to plant ours in our garden. We can’t wait to see them grow!
We are also curious to know what will happen to the paper we used for the balls over time. Will it remain in the ground after the flowers grow? Will it disintegrate somehow? What do you think?
This is our first time planting seeds like “bombs”, so it will be neat to see if they grow the same way as if we just planted the actual seeds in the ground! If you are feeling giving make a few plant bombs and give them to a friend or a neighbor too!
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