Bring butterflies to your garden this summer with these fun DIY butterfly garden seed bombs. Make them with your kids and give as a garden DIY gift for Mothers Day.
Make butterfly garden seed bombs for just a few dollars to give as a DIY gift or to plant in your own garden. In the spring and summer your garden will be filled with beautiful butterflies.
By planting key annual flowers in your garden you will help create a happy healthy thriving garden ecosystem. A great perk is that you can find all of these seeds listed below at the dollar store. I always stock up on annual wildflower seed packages for 4/$1.00 to add to my garden.
Go ahead and make this fun butterfly garden seed bombs in the winter as a way to look forward to coming spring season.
HOW TO MAKE BUTTERFLY GARDEN SEED PAPER
Seed paper is literally paper with seeds in it. When this paper is placed on top of soil and watered, it will germinate and begin sprouting seedlings. Eventually the paper will decompose and leave the seedlings to grow.
Seed paper is simple to make and can be used as invitations, birthday cards, valentines, or other crafts with a gardening or flower theme.
ANNUAL FLOWERS THAT ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES
WILDFLOWER SEED MIX or A MIXTURE OF SEEDS LISTED ABOVE
PARCHMENT PAPER OR MUFFIN LINERS
STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:
GATHER AND TEAR PAPER
Gather recyclable paper to make your seed paper, Egg cartons are easy and accessible. They have very minimal ink and are great for the garden bed. Tear about 5 egg cartons into tiny bits. The smaller the bits the better.
PUT IN LARGE POT OR BLENDER
It's easiest to place the egg cartons in the blender until half full and then add warm water to the top of the blender. Blend into a smooth pulp.
I for some reason don't have a blender, so I used my immersion blender I use for everything and it worked just as well. Plus the kids like to do “hand over hand” when I blend.
BLEND INTO A SMOOTH PULP
Hit the blend button and watch the egg cartons turn into a beautiful smooth pulp.
STIR IN SEED
Gather your seed packages and stir them in. I added 4 seed packages for 5 egg cartons. I could have easily added more seeds.
Strain the pulp using a colander with small fine holes. If the holes are too large, the seeds will strain with the water. We want the seeds to stay with the pulp.
On a parchment lined cookie sheet spread the pulp, flatten it using your hands, a spatula or a rolling pin.
If your pulp is fine enough you can cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
If your pulp is chunky, go ahead and throw the pulp into a lined muffin tin and make seed bombs instead.
Place your cookie sheets in a dehydrator or leave in a warm room to dry. I placed ours in front of our wood stove.
Follow the seed instructions on the back of the package to plant.
I highly suggest planting the seeds around a vegetable garden to increase pollination of plants. Use our no til garden method for best results.
Go ahead and make seed paper to plant in your garden or give as a gift this year! They make great Mothers Day Cards, wedding and shower invitations, and once placed in water they begin to grow!
Homemade seed paper cards are a unique yet frugal gift that will keep on giving for years to come. It's also a sustainable paper product that would otherwise end up in the landfill.
Go ahead and litter these seed bombs and watch the world around you brighten!