Colorful plantable seed bomb Easter eggs make a lovely basket -- and an awesome candy-free egg hunt idea.
This spring, fashion a colorful basket full of plantable Easter egg-shaped seed bombs. Made of recycled paper and the seeds of your choice, they’re a perfect kid-friendly craft for Easter or Earth Day. (They also make great eco-friendly wedding or party favors.) Make and enjoy through the holiday then plant away. We love the idea that these “eggs” bloom into something wonderful—a pollinator-friendly wildflower garden. (Psst… if you’re looking for a candy-free egg hunt idea, you just hit the jackpot!) Read on for step-by-step instructions and our helpful hints.
To make the seed bombs, start with the recycled paper of your choice. They're a great way to repurpose old newspapers or even your used Wrappily wrapping paper; newsprint-based papers like this will make a natural-looking grey egg. For brown eggs, up-cycle kraft shopping bags. For colorful eggs, start with brightly hued construction paper scraps. If you aren’t making the seed bombs for Easter, it’s a fabulous way to recycle the colorful paper “grass” from the bottom of your Easter baskets, just like we did for this colorful basket right here.
Next choice is the seeds. We suggest enlisting the help of your local garden center to select a pollinator-friendly wildflower mix that is native to your area. Minimally, be sure to ask if the commercially packaged mixes they sell contain any known plants that may be invasive to your area. A good selection of blooms and colors will attract a mix of honey bees, butterflies, and birds to enjoy and observe for months to come.
Sprouting! How fun to plant your Easter "eggs." These seed bombs were made of recycled Wrappily newsprint wrapping paper—love this idea for a plastic-free, candy-free egg hunt.
For more color, recycle your Easter basket grass to make colorful, plantable seed bombs -- and just in time for Earth Day.
STEP 1: Tear paper into bits and cover generously with water. Let soak for several hours. Newsprint, including Wrappily, will turn grey. Use colored construction paper for brighter colored eggs.
STEP 2: Pulp the paper using a countertop or immersion high-powered blender. Be careful not to burnout motor. If mixture is too thick, add more water. Work in batches if necessary.
STEP 3: Strain the slurry. Line colander with cheesecloth or a piece of thin newsprint. As mix gets drier, you can turn out directly into colander and press gently. Do not squeeze completely dry, the goal here is just to remove visible water.
STEP 4: Put pulp back into your bowl. Add seeds and incorporate with your hands. For extra decoration, mix in dried flower petals or tea leaves.
Note: you want the pulp mix to have enough moisture in it to be able to shape and mold it. If it's too dry, it will crack and not hold together. Simply add a bit of water back if this happens.
STEP 5: Portion out an approximate amount to fill each mold. Hand shape, gently squeezing out extra moisture. Place into egg, snap shut, and give it a good shake to encourage the mix to take on the shape of the mold. Open and repeat: remove paper egg, squeeze a bit more water out with fingertips, being careful to maintain egg shape, return to mold and shake. You may need to repeat process one more time, until you have a firm and relatively dry paper egg.
STEP 6: Air dry for a day or two out of direct sunlight. Drying times may differ depending on humidity.
Note: if placed in direct sun, seeds will be encouraged to sprout.
Eco-friendly and adorably chic, Wrappily uses neighborhood newspaper presses to print great patterns on 100% recyclable and compostable newsprint—an answer to the millions of tons of trash attributed to wrapping paper every year. This smart, new take on wrapping paper is an idea who's time has come. Our founder set out on her mission to green-up giving in 2013, a journey filled with marvelously talented people who are creating amazing patterns for our wrapping paper. After all, we believe in beautifully wrapped gifts, but not at the expense of the environment.