Seed Bombs

20 min

Novice

5+

What Will You Learn?

Learn how to create a potent little package of everything needed to make a field of wild flowers.

Create Balls of Soil

Step 1

Add 5 parts of clay to 1 part of seed starter.

Ratios don’t care what the measurement is as long as both sides use the same unit of measurement. It can be 5 teaspoons to 1 teaspoon or 5 gallons to 1 gallon.

Step 2

Add water a little at a time and stir the mixture until it’s smooth but can still be molded.

Step 3

It’s time to get dirty. Roll out the soil into a ball with your hands and then put it down on a surface that won’t damage from moisture. Press your thumb into the ball to form a divot.

Add the Seeds

Step 4

Place 2 to 3 seeds in the hole of each ball. Don’t add too many or they will compete with each other when they sprout.

Step 5

Squeeze the tops of each ball closed again, surrounding the seeds with soil. Leave them to dry completely and they will harden.

When thrown into an empty field, the seeds will germinate and grow when they are rained on, filling the field with beautiful flowers.

What's Next?

Try forming the balls into fun shapes or pushing them into molds. Find local seeds that will help support your local bee populations, a local apiary (beekeeping) group can help you find the right plants.

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Seed Bombs

Seed Bombs

20 min

Novice

5+

What Will You Learn?

Learn how to create a potent little package of everything needed to make a field of wild flowers.

Create Balls of Soil

Step 1

Add 5 parts of clay to 1 part of seed starter.

Ratios don’t care what the measurement is as long as both sides use the same unit of measurement. It can be 5 teaspoons to 1 teaspoon or 5 gallons to 1 gallon.

Step 2

Add water a little at a time and stir the mixture until it’s smooth but can still be molded.

Step 3

It’s time to get dirty. Roll out the soil into a ball with your hands and then put it down on a surface that won’t damage from moisture. Press your thumb into the ball to form a divot.

Add the Seeds

Step 4

Place 2 to 3 seeds in the hole of each ball. Don’t add too many or they will compete with each other when they sprout.

Step 5

Squeeze the tops of each ball closed again, surrounding the seeds with soil. Leave them to dry completely and they will harden.

When thrown into an empty field, the seeds will germinate and grow when they are rained on, filling the field with beautiful flowers.

What's Next?

Try forming the balls into fun shapes or pushing them into molds. Find local seeds that will help support your local bee populations, a local apiary (beekeeping) group can help you find the right plants.

About the Magazine

Check out our collection of current and past issues of Make: magazine, rich with new ideas for projects, technology, and DIY articles, this magazine is not to be missed! Or subscribe today to get all the new issues!

Please Note

Your safety is your own responsibility, including proper use of equipment and safety gear, and determining whether you have adequate skill and experience. Power tools, electricity, and other resources used for these projects are dangerous, unless used properly and with adequate precautions, including safety gear and adult supervision. Some illustrative photos do not depict safety precautions or equipment, in order to show the project steps more clearly. Use of the instructions and suggestions found in Maker Camp is at your own risk. Maker Media, Inc., disclaims all responsibility for any resulting damage, injury, or expense.