This is a fun project that can be done at home with mostly recycled materials.
You will need:
Scraps of paper (can be construction paper, copy paper, newspaper, or a combination of all- the more colorful the better)
Seeds of any kind (could be flowers or easy to grow vegetables or even grass seed)
Silicone molds or cupcake pans
Tear paper into small pieces and soak in a small bowl for about ten minutes until paper is pretty saturated. One full sheet of paper will make two small bombs.
Remove paper from bowls and squeeze out excess water.
Place paper in a blender or food processer and blend until it forms a pulp. Remove and again squeeze out extra water.
Push a small amount of the pulp into the mold filling about ½ way. Add a sprinkle of seeds and then fill the mold the rest of the way. Make sure to pack tightly.
Put in a warm place to dry. They will usually dry overnight.
You can now pop them out of the mold and give as a gift or plant directly outside where you want them to grow.
You can also make paper the same way by placing the pulp on a piece of wax paper or cookie sheet and allowing to dry flat. This paper can be used as an Earth friendly card that can be planted directly outside.
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