Father's Day Gift Ideas - Summer seed balls
Making eco growing gifts is a wonderful way for children get back to nature and learn the basics of gardening. These seed bombs are also a great use of all your old paper and help get the garden blooming in time for summer.
What you need
- Recycled paper (any raw uncoated paper - letters, newspaper, school worksheets etc)
- wildflower seeds
- plastic bowl or tub for soaking paper
- mixing bowls
- optional food colour
- cookie cutters
- Tear up your paper into very small pieces and put them into a plastic tub.
- Cover the paper with water and let it soak for 2 hours. Keep topping up the water for the first hour to ensure it remains submerged.
- In small amounts, place the wet paper into a blender, fill the blender with water and blend until mixed and mushy. The best paper to water ratio is ¼ paper to ¾ water but you can play around with the ratio to get the best results.
- Transfer mix to your strainer and repeat until all the paper is blended.
- Using your hands, press down on the paper mix to get most of the excess water out. Transfer to your mixing bowl.
- Pour your seeds into the paper mixture and mix into the pulp until all combined. If you want to make them a different colour, you can place a few drops of food colour into the mix. For a more natural alternative, you can use beetroot liquid.
- Take out a small handful of paper and seed mixture and roll into a ball, place on a drying rack. If you want to make a special shape, press into a cookie cutter and use a paper towel to soak up the excess mixture. Once the shape is formed, then press it out of the cutter and place on a drying rack.
- You seed balls will be dry in 1-2 days in the sunshine or 3 days in the shade or inside.
Once your summer seed bombs are dry, you can wrap them up to give as a gift to Dad for Father's Day or plant them in your garden and watch them bloom.