My wedding is based on eco and environmentally friendly themes so when I found Mademoiselle Chaos Blog on making seed bombs, I thought it would be perfect for our wedding favours. They're very easy but quite messy to make. It took me and my other half about two and a half hours to do in terms of time. It was great fun and we really enjoyed making them.
Here's what I needed to do in advance:
I did a lot of research into the best paper to use, so when we were throwing out our recycling I was keeping the better quality, mostly white, paper, so that my favours weren't grey (which is what happens if you use newspaper). Even my old to-do lists for our special day went into the mix.
I researched the best seeds to get. I wanted something which was going to be in flower in August (when my wedding is) and was going to be beneficial to the butterflies and bees, native to Britain, and seed well. I ordered my seeds from Naturescape. I got 100g which was the smallest amount and I have sown some for decoration on the day.
In terms of quantities, I did approximately 100 sheets of paper and used approximately 40g of seeds and I made 133 seed bombs.
Here's what you will need:
- paper: approx 1 sheet per favour
- shredder to shred your paper
- warm water
- native seeds (I used 40g for approx 100 favours)
- dried native petals: I used tea leaves, coloured tissue, glitter, food colouring (these are all optional)
- cheesecloth, or muslin, or thin tea towel
- ice cube trays: semi soft silicone variety worked best
- a tray or two (to dry favours on)
Here's how you make them:
We blended it until it looked like the above. We did batches of paper until we had filled our bucket with pulp. We then blended the petals, and added them to our bucket with the seeds and mixed well.
After squeezing the pulp looked like this.
We pressed the pulp into the ice cube trays. As we pressed, a bit more water came out.
We carefully pressed the bombs out of their trays and rested them on a board to dry.
Hey presto — your seed bomb favours!