Using Dryer Lint for Making Seed Balls

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Use the lint from your dryer in your garden, for planting seeds in the spring. This is a page about using dryer lint for making seed balls.


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Make seed balls so small hands or old fingers don't have to strain with the smaller seeds. In a styrofoam egg carton, drizzle washable white glue down the sides of an egg "compartment" about 1/3 of the way down and on the bottom. Cover the glue with pieces of dryer lint (about 1/8th inch thick layer). Drizzle more glue and drop in a few seeds, using a toothpick or something to move the seeds into the glue (I used 8 seeds). Top the seeds with a second piece of dryer lint and use the toothpick to stir that together then pick it up and form it into a ball.

These could be strung and then planted in a row with each seed ball spaced as you like. Make a small basketful, possibly using different colors of the lint to distinguish flower types or vegetables and give them to an elderly friend who has arthritis so that gardening isn't so impossible!


This tip is one that can be improved on in many ways. For instance, you could make glue drops spaced as directed and "plant" the seeds onto sections of lint or swirl on the glue and shake on a packet of seeds and tamp off the excess (like you would when crafting with glitter). Add a little potting soil and a few egg shells and coffee grounds before you put a second piece of lint on top, sealing with washable glue!

Tie a coffee mug into a tree or shrub with cord that you have glued in a "seed cloth" you have made with dryer lint and maybe a pretty bird will make a nest there.

Make a small eggshell planter the same way by glueing a small piece of dryer lint to the inside of an egg shell and add a small amount of potting soil & a small bit of coffee grounds & seeds that produce small blooms. Top with a second small piece of lint to help preserve the moisture!


By melody_yesterday

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