Christmas is fast approaching, but there’s still time to put together a thoughtful, handmade gift for the gardener in your life. All good gardeners like to share seeds – it’s a thing. Why not have a convenient, yet pretty, way to package up seeds to pass along to friends, or in an organized seed swap? With supplies that you likely have on hand, you can spend an hour or less on the perfect garden accessory – seed packets. You won’t break the bank doing it, and hey, they might just think you picked up their perfect little gift from a fancy boutique shop too.
You’ll need the following supplies –
- Computer printer with paper
- X-acto knife or fine-point scissors
- Fine-point black marker
- Scrap cardstock, cardboard, or plastic (old notebook covers work great for this) measuring at least 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches – to make a reusable template
- Scrap paper – newsprint, seed catalogs, kid’s art, old maps – whatever you like. Each piece should measure at least 4.25 inches by 5.5 inches (a quarter of a piece of printer paper)
- Glue stick or rubber cement (regular white glue is too wet for this)
- Optional – Avery label sheet (to add a label to each packet)
Step 1 – Print out a seed packet template. If you’re using card stock for your template, you can print directly onto that, otherwise print onto regular paper (scrap paper with stuff one one side is fine). Use the X-acto knife or the scissors to cut out the the seed packet shape, leaving all of the edges intact, like a stencil. The cut-out shape is your fold guide for assembling the packets, so keep that handy, but set it aside for now.
Step 2 – Lay the stencil onto the template material, and use the marker to trace around the inside. Then use the X-acto knife or scissors (thick material is much easier to work with using the X-acto knife) to cut out the seed packet shape again – now you have a reusable template.
Step 3 – Lay the template onto the scrap paper, and trace it lightly with the pencil (don’t use the marker – you want light lines that won’t be visible after you cut). Using either the X-acto knife or the scissors, cut out the seed packet. Repeat this step for as many packets as you need – twelve is a nice number for a set.
Step 4 – Using the fold guide you cut out in step one, fold along the bottom and side tabs of each packet. Apply a light coat of glue to the smaller left-side tab and press it down onto the larger right-side tab, to form the back of the packet. Apply a light coat of glue onto the bottom tab and press it down onto the sealed back of the packet. And that’s it – you have a finished seed packet! Repeat this step with the remaining packets until the set is complete.
Optional Step 5 – If you’d like the packets to have a more finished look, and to provide a space to write the seed type and year, affix a sticker label to the front of each envelope.
To package for gift-giving, be creative. Put them into a berry basket, a decorated paper lunch bag, or make a “gift bag” by tucking them into a pair of gardening gloves with some plant labels – you’re only limited by your imagination. If you have seeds from your own garden to pass along, gift some of those too! So if you’re short on time and funds and you’re nowhere near done with gifts yet, don’t despair – pull out your craft supplies and whip up some custom seed packets for the gardener on your list.