Running out of time for unique Christmas presents and stocking stuffers? Us too! Quick, use this recipe for a one of a kind eco-friendly plantable ornament. After packing up all their ornaments for the season, your friends and family members can plant these seed ornaments and grow an herb garden, rows of lettuce, or even a wildflower garden!
Ingredients & Equipment:
-30 sheets of recycled scrap white paper
-30g seeds of your choice (our favs are wildflowers, herbs, carrots, lettuce, OR evergreen trees)
-optional decoration ingredients (dried colorful flower petals, glitter, colored tissue paper)
-Blender, needle, bucket
-Cheesecloth, muslin, or thin towel
-Your dye of choice (we like beet dye for a bright red b/c it’s all natural and biodegradable)
-Raffia or hemp ties
- Soak your choice of seeds overnight. Discard the seeds that float as they’re likely damaged and won’t grow anyway.
- Take out that box of scrap paper you’ve been saving, tear it into strips, and soak it in warm water overnight.
- In 2 different batches, put the soft paper into a blender with enough warm water to cover it. Add any dyes you would like and then blend! Fill a bucket with the mushy pulp.
- After you’ve added your second batch to the bucket, add the soaked seeds, and any other decoration ingredients. Mix it all up.
- Then strain the pulp through a cheesecloth or towel. Put the towel over a bowl to catch the water. Gather up the edges, twist, and squash the balled up towel until all the water is out of the pulp.
- Take a small handful of the pulp and roll it into a ball. Pack it as tightly as you can. If it’s too dry and crumbly, then add more water. If it’s too mushy to hold its shape, squeeze more water out of it.
- Use a needle to thread the ball with raffia or a hemp tie for hanging.
- Let them dry overnight and then you’ll have handmade, planet-friendly plantable ornaments for Christmas gifts!
Makes: 30 earth-friendly alternative ornaments (2" balls)
Click HERE to see all of our seeded holiday ornaments for inspiration OR to add to next year's Christmas list!
Another unique do-it-yourself holiday gift is colorful birdseed ornaments. The look is raw and organic and delicious to our flying friends after the holidays are over. You can hang them up right above your seed bomb ornament garden! Check out this tutorial at Eclectically Vintage.