Custom-made seed packets make a perfect gift for anyone who is a gardener. Filling the packets with heirloom seeds or seeds of their favourite flowers, herbs or vegetables makes a present that is economical but personal. Seed packets fit easily into larger envelopes, allowing you to add a personal note with the gift. You can make a seed packet with only a square piece of paper, with no need for glue or tape.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Heavy paper
- Garden seeds
- Decorative labels or stickers
Lay a square piece of paper on a flat surface. Good papers for seed packets include card stock, computer paper, decorative or elegant stationary or other paper strong enough to hold seeds. Fold the square paper in half diagonally, corner to corner, to make a triangle. Turn the triangle so that the triangle point is facing up.
Fold the two bottom end points of the triangle toward the centre, so the triangle is divided into thirds, one pointed end overlapping the other. Tuck one of the pointed ends into the fold of the other end. This creates a lock for the packet.
Fold the packet into thirds again, turning the top point down and the packet bottom up. Next, tuck the pointed top into the space between the tucked ends on the bottom of the envelope. The envelope is complete and you are now ready to reopen the top flap to fill with seeds.
Finish the seed packet by printing a personal message and identifying the contents. Secure the final envelope flap with an instruction label or decorative sticker. Use your own heirloom or saved seeds, or purchase seeds at garden centres or from online sources.
Tips and warnings
- Ask your local garden centre for the best seeds for growing in your climate and geographical area.
- Coin envelopes can be used as an alternative to homemade seed packets. Purchase these at office supply and craft stores.
- Add beads, charms or ribbons to seed packets for party or wedding favours, or use them inside a thank you card for a special touch.
- Computer-generated labels can be made using envelope and label software.
- Make sure the packets are secure to prevent seeds from falling out. Use enough seed to fill the envelope approximately half-full. The packet will not close properly if you overfill it.
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