Growing Gifts: Homemade Seed Packets

Handmade seed packets are great for storing harvested wildflower seeds in style and for giving them away as lovely growing gifts. (Photos by Bob Farley)

Throughout the summer and into the fall, I harvest seeds from my wildflowers. What the birds don’t get, I take and store them for later use. Year after year, I accumulate more seed than I can possibly use for my own meadow so I save the seeds for other projects and for friends and neighbors. Handmade paper collage seed packets make for clever packaging for storing small quantities and for giving the seeds as gifts.

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Step 1

 Open GalleryMake a seed packet template and a fold guide by tracing the packet outline onto hard card stock. You can search for a template on the web or you can do it the old-fashioned way by taking apart an empty seed packet. This will ensure that you choose the right size and it will give you a chance to figure out how to put the packets together. I like to modify the design a bit by extending the top flap, and later, when I fold and glue the packets together, I make sure the side and bottom flaps are tucked and glued in place on the inside instead of the outside. The fold guide is made by taking the original packet, cutting off the side flaps, and using the remaining piece to make a template. You can also use recycled file folders, greeting cards, or shoe boxes instead of purchasing hard card stock for the template and fold guide.

Step 2

 Open GalleryGather magazines, catalogs, cards, books, cartons, and any paper products that have interesting designs you would like to feature on your packets. The thicker covers and cards will make up the packets, and the thinner pages will be your collage pieces. Go through and pick images you like and put them in a stack. Keep in mind color, shape, and theme. As you go, themes and color stories will develop so you’ll end up with several stacks.

Step 3

 Open GalleryVisualize the finished piece as you figure out where to place the template. Then trace and cut out your packets. Using assembly method and working through your stacks, pick, trace, and cut until you have the desired number of packets. Cut out your embellishments and place in stacks along with the packet body pieces.

Step 4

 Open GalleryUsing your fold guide, pre-fold the flaps and crease with your fingers along the edges of the folds. This will ensure nice and straight folds. Apply glue to the short side flap, overlap the bottom flap and apply glue to the top of that flap. Fold the large side flap over onto the top of the two small flaps and press to adhere. Remove the fold guide. Fold over the top flap and make a crease.

Step 5

 Open GalleryAssemble and add your embellishments by adding glue to the backs and adhering them in the desired placements on the packets. Be creative!

Step 6

 Open GalleryFill the packets with seeds and finish off with a fancy paper clip. Give to friends or keep them for yourself.

Materials

  • magazines, catalogs, etc. with pretty images
  • hard card stock or recycled file folders or boxes

Tools

  • pencil
  • scissors
  • glue stick
About Michelle Reynolds 

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I’m a slipcover maker who refuses to fill the trash with the cutaway bits of designer fabrics, so I strive to make use of every scrap. I live with my ...

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2 Responses

  1. merrypad says:

    This is such a great idea! I love it.

  2. Laurie_March says:

    LOVE this! This year my Marigolds made so many seeds I didn't know what to do with them – but they were so pretty and hardy I wanted to share.

    This year I'm thinking I will save seeds from my enormous spaghetti squashes too!

    Such a fun DIY! Thanks Michelle.

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