Seed bombs for kids are fantastic eco-friendly projects that can be used as gifts and more.
Your kids will have a blast making these heart-shaped seed bombs and sharing them with family, friends, and loved ones.
Discover how you can enjoy this type of project with your children and get your free printable set of gift tags!
Why Seed Bombs for Kids Are Wonderful Projects
If you’re looking for a simple, eco-friendly project to enjoy with your kids, you’ll love making these heart-shaped seed bombs.
With just a few supplies (and options to include recycled materials), this DIY seed bomb project is fun to make and even more fun to share.
Making seed bombs is a great way to talk with your kids about the importance of recycling, taking care of our planet, and even helping pollinators.
And a special bonus with this type of project is watching your work grow and blossom!
Supplies You’ll Need for This Eco-Friendly Project
You probably have most, if not all, of these supplies for making your own DIY seed bombs for kids at home for a fun project. Of course, be mindful of the time of year!
- 6 pieces of construction paper* (Check out my idea below for how to recycle old scraps of paper colors from craft projects and such!)
- 3 packs of flower seeds (wildflower seed balls are wonderful!)
- Water (*You can avoid excess water by using sprinkles of water and layers of paper towel)
- 12 cavity silicone heart mold (and feel free to use different shaped-molds! My boys and I also made a few seed bombs using our frog-shaped molds from making Harry Potter chocolate frogs.)
- Food processor (We use our Vitamix.)
How to Make Seed Bombs for Kids (With Heart Shapes)
These suggested supplies and steps makes about 12 garden seed bombs. If you’d like to make less or more, involve your kids in figuring out appropriate amounts (and sneak in a bit of math fun!).
Here are directions for making standard, one-color heart-shaped seed bombs. You’ll find creative ideas for making and enjoying by scrolling down 😊 And remember that there are different ways to make this seed bomb recipe.
- Cut the construction paper into 1-2 inch squares.
- Sort the paper squares by color.
- Add each color of cut-up construction paper to a small bowl.
- Add water until it covers the paper.
- Allow the paper to soak for about 30 minutes.
- Remove the paper from the water and wring it out slightly. Dump the water from the bowls.
- Add one color at a time to the food processor. Pulse the paper squares until they’re finely shredded.
- Add each color paper into its bowl. Then, add a half package of flower seeds (like wildflower seeds). Mix it all together.
- Gather half of each color mixture and add to one of the heart mold cavities, pressing down to fill the silicone mold (or cookie cutters).
- Allow the mixture to set for about 48 hours.
- Gently remove the mixture from the silicone mold. If not completely dry, allow to air dry for an additional 24 hours.
- Plant the seed bombs into flower pots or into the ground.
FAQs About DIY Seed Bombs for Kids
Nope! You can use paper scraps from projects, old school work assignments, or whatever type of paper you have.
You’ll want the paper scraps to be small enough to fit into your food processor. About 1-2 inches should work well 🙂
No way! You can rip the paper with your hands for a fun way to enjoy a hands-on activity for making DIY flower seed bombs. It’s really up to you (and what your kids want to do). If your kids could use some practice with scissors, this project is a great opportunity. You can trace lines of all shapes and sizes on the paper to make it more challenging and fun to cut out.
It depends. If you’re dealing with humid weather, your mixture might take a bit longer to dry. You could place the bowls by a fan blowing lightly near them.
Not necessarily. If you’d like your seed bombs to be a specific shape, then yes you’ll want that type of mold. If you don’t have a silicone mold, try an ice cube tray. Or you can simply mold the seed bombs with your hands into circles or whatever shape you’d like. If you’re trying this option, I suggest placing your mixture on parchment or waxed paper to dry.
Creative Ideas for Making & Sharing Seed Bombs
To really add a recycled touch to this project, use saved paper scraps from craft projects and such.
My boys and I gather all of our construction paper scraps from homeschool and fun craft projects. We save these scraps (not matter what size or shape) in a large Ziploc bag. Sometimes we sort the paper scraps into individual colors. Usually, however, we just take handfuls and watch to see what color swirls will appear!
And that leads me to another cool approach to making seed bombs for kids…mix your paper scrap colors. Such a fun hands-on way to learn about coloring mixing!
Try different types of paper and see what types of results you get. Tissue paper, newspaper (especially the comics section), and old school assignments are a few ideas to test out.
For seeds, you can go with a wildflower mix. Or perhaps you want to try vegetables or fruits? My boys and I buy seed packets at our local dollar store. Since the cost is low, we get a few different types and guess which ones will grow the best.
If you’re sharing your heart-shaped seed bombs as a gift, you could place in a brown paper bag (or gift bag) and add one of our free printable gift tags for a special touch.
These seed bombs for kids are excellent ways to enjoy fun Earth Day activities, Spring, and anytime you want to help your kids create a meaningful gift. Oh, and these homemade seed bombs are great gifts for Mother’s Day and teacher appreciation!
Get Your Free Printable Gift Tags for Seed Bombs
WooHoo! You’re on your way to easily adding a special touch to your DIY seed bombs for kids project.
This free printable (PDF) page includes 4 seed bombs gift tags. I suggest printing these gift tags on cardstock. We’ve been using a parchment-like cardstock but any lighter color will do.
Your kids can color and customize for amazing gifts to family, friends, and loved ones.
Would you like to make extra copies? Absolutely! Print as many tagss as you need to enjoy with your homeschool, classroom, co-op, or other special events.
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I’d love to hear about your experiences making these seed bombs for kids! Please share your feedback (and questions) in the comments area below.