Monday, May 5, 2014

Plant A Rainbow




The time for gardening in our little neck of the woods is finally here! As we prepare our space for planting, we are also dreaming up the colors and faces of the flowers we hope to see sprout from the soil.
Not long ago my friend sent me over the etsy link for these rainbow seed bombs. I fell in love. I decided I needed to figure out how to make them! 
Aren't they lovely?! Here is the etsy link for those of you who would rather buy them all ready to go. I think they would make a great gift for a green thumb loved one.


If you want to give them a go, we did some playing around with recipes online and found a system that worked.
Here's how we made them.

To make you will need:

colored construction paper 
seeds (we used a wildflower pack so we could plant all the colors of the rainbow!)
food processor
cheese cloth
elastics
cups & bowls

To begin: 

Tear up your paper. One color in each bowl.


Therapeutic process I tell you. Something about the feeling of ripping up paper. A little addictive :)


Pour water over your paper bits until the paper is covered.


Let your paper soak for 15 to 20 minutes.


Taking one color at a time... add the bowl of water and the paper to a food processor and blend.
Cut out a square of cheese cloth, lay it over a cup and secure it with an elastic.
Pour half of your paper/water pulp into the cheese cloth to begin draining.


Sprinkle a small amount of seeds onto the pulp and then pour on the rest of your paper mixture on top.


Undo the elastic and give the cheesecloth a squeeze to drain out more of the moisture.


Roll them in your hands until they are nice and round.


Let your seed bombs dry.


There you go! 



Sink your beautiful little bombs in some soil... water them well... then wait as they eventually explode {in slow motion} and burst into a bright rainbow of fresh flowers!

You could also "bomb" areas in need of some beautifying. Throw them around and spread the rainbow love. 


Perhaps it's time for a rainbow revolution!



May your day be bursting bright with color and beauty.


Shanti

29 comments:

  1. I just published a post about colourful books including 'Planting a Rainbow' by Lois Elhert. It would be the perfect accompaniment to your lovely activity. Pinning!

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  2. Your activities are always sooo pretty! Love it :)

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  3. génial!!!
    Bernadette

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  4. Another fun and wonderful idea just right for spring planting. I'm so happy to share this. Thanks!

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  5. Wow, I love your projects! Can I ask a couple of novice questions? Is construction paper what we would call sugar paper? Do you purely use the muslin to mould the balls and then take it off? When you plant them, do you put them on the surface of the soil or bury them? Such a great project. I can't wait to have a go!

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    1. Thanks Emma! So I wasn't sure what sugar paper was but I looked it up and it looks to be the same thing. What a neat thing. Are you in the UK? The muslin we used just to drain and squeeze out the moisture. The balls hold together really well after being drained and squished. I plan to bury them just slightly in rich soil but since these are filled with wildflower seeds, it seems you should be able to just throw them and let them sprout out of the paper and the soil they land in (provided they get a good rain/watering). Hope that helps!

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    2. Thanks, that's really helpful. Yes, I am in Bath, UK and love your site.

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  6. Beautiful to make and then beautiful to grow :) I need some of these!!

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  7. Okay forgive me for such a stupid question, but I am very curious. Does the colored paper dye the actual flower at all or just a fun way to plant flowers?

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    1. It wouldn't dye the flower but we planted an assortment of wildflower seeds in the bombs, so we are hoping for a rainbow of flowers anyways! Thank you for following along with us :)

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  8. This looks so pretty. We make seed bombs out of mud and seeds then throw them from the train or car onto waste ground. Slowly the rail tracks and roadsides become beautiful and the wild birds and bees benefit.

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  9. This is sooo awesome!! I just bought the wild flower seeds, so hopefully by this weekend we'll be rainbowing up right along with you!! Love this, you ROCK! :)

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  10. Can you lost a picture of the results so we can see your rainbow garden?

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  11. We did this!!! Were spreading the rainbow & I blogged about you & our flower power :)

    http://mommyspinkielipgloss.blogspot.com/2014/05/flower-power.html

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  12. We would love for you to share this at Paper Saturdays! I came here through Michelle :)
    ManonX
    http://manonpopjes-manonpopjes.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/papersaturday.html

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  13. Good morning! How long do these take to dry please? Is it possible to speed the process in the oven at low temp? Thanks!

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  14. Help! I have just made Some of these but they have started sprouting before they dried! do you know how I can stop this? Speed up the drying process maybe? Also can I ask what their shelf life is once made? I love your post so much thanks!! I really enjoyed making them with my little one! Just want them to last a little bit once made!

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  15. I am going to make these as party favours for my boys' 3rd birthday next week. Wish me luck!

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  21. So, I'm not blessed to have a food processor. Is there annny other way to achieve this without one? Thanks.

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    1. maybe a hand mixer? or possibly a stand mixer? or a blender?

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  22. Does one sheet of paper make one ball? Can you make a bunch of smaller sized balls?

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  23. I love this idea. It looks like it would be a lot of fun to do with kids.

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