Gardening and everything that comes with it is so important to our family. Even if I am not the most amazing gardener I love to do it and every new house we move into we always leave our garden space filled with new flowers and looking better than ever. I even have a sneaking suspicion that is one reason a house we lived in got sold out from under us. So when General Mills Cheerios hit me up wanting me to create something fun for their Bring Back the Bees: bee saving campaign I knew I had to make my recycled paper seed bombs!
Honey Nut Cheerios launches the third year of Bring Back The Bees with new book, Bella and Jack Bring Back The Bees, penned by renowned Canadian children’s book author, Paulette Bourgeois and illustrated by Josee Bisaillon. Honey Nut Cheerios will be giving away 100,000 free copies of the book nationally, through Indigo, Coles and Chapters.
Inspired by these guys and this great little book I knew my recycled paper seed bombs would be the perfect fit, so let’s get to it!
First you are going to want to get your supplies all together and ready to go for all the prep work.
What do you need to make your seed bombs?
Recycled paper of any kind, if you care about color make sure you are keeping that in mind for your color choice. For us we didn’t care the color only that these little bombs did exactly what they were needed to do.
An ice cube tray for putting your completed pulp to form and dry.
Seed packets of wild flowers, in this case you can easily get your very own seed packet by visiting www.bringbackthebees.ca to redeem wildflower seeds! They are a great way to spread some spring time happiness in any space in need of some cheering up.
Old tshirt piece or cheesecloth for squeezing your pulp and a lastly a bowl and blender.
Once you have all your supplies ready to go you are going to want to start ripping up all your recycled paper the best you can. This is the perfect time to get your kids to help out and keep their hands busy as you get the blender and warm water ready.
After the paper has been ripped or shredded you can put the pieces into your blender making sure to fully cover with the warm water and let it sit for at least ten minutes.
Once you have let it sit you can puree it till it is a great big mush. While it blends place your tshirt piece or cheesecloth into the bowl and pour your paper/water mix over top. At this point you want to add your seeds and gently stir them into your mix. Gather up the cloth so the pulp is cradled and squeeze to drain. This is another great thing to get the kids to do while you hold it over the bowl.
Once you have squeezed out most of the water you will be able to push the mix into your ice cube tray, or any mold you want, with ease. Make sure to push down hard on all of them so they stay together well while they dry!
Once they have dried they are ready to go for those family hikes and neighborhood hikes. Make sure you drop your bombs in sunny unused spaces to help brighten up the neighborhood and bring back the bees!
Have you ever made seed bombs before?