Seed packets; I never seem to have empty ones when I need them! Seed gathering time somehow always ends up being a ‘seat of the pants’ activity for me. I don’t think about it much during the height of gardening season, but rather when the air begins to turn cold. Suddenly, it hits me—I need to save some of those seeds!
So it goes without saying that I bring in seed heads from my favorite flowers, grab the best of the last tomatoes and peppers; and there are seeds everywhere. I manage to label the paper towels, coffee filters, and paper plates they are drying on. When it comes time to package them up, I find myself scrambling around looking for envelopes (that I never seem to have).
I’m sure that I’m not the only gardener who is tired and scattered at the end of the harvest season, so today we’re going to take a look at multiple ways to make your own seed packets.
- Junk Mail Envelopes: My go-to for seed packets is junk mail envelopes. Yep. I grab the ones sitting on the counter that haven’t yet made it to the trash/compost pile. This one is fast, simple, and since it’s a recycle activity—good for the planet!
- empty the contents
- cut envelope in half (you now have 2 seed packets)
- pop in your seeds
- don’t forget to label your seeds!
- Recycle Commercial Seed Packets: Do you tend to keep your empty packets in an attempt to remember exactly what you planted? This is a great solution! Pop the fresh seeds right back into the packaging the parent seeds came from! (If it’s seed of a different type of plant, just pop a sticky label over the original packet.)
- Simple Folded Paper Square: This one uses literally any paper you might have lying around the house—construction paper, scrapbook paper, printer paper, newspaper, magazine pages, all of those adult coloring pages you’ve done and don’t know what to do with!
- Simple Folded Paper Heart: Another simple DIY using any spare paper you have lying around.
- little cottage journey Coloring Seed Packet Template: For those of you that are more prepared (or at least would like to be), I’ve created a set of printable seed packets. Get your FREE pdf seed packet template HERE.
- These are good to go as is. One is decorated with flowers for all your non-edible seeds, the other with herbs, fruits, and vegetables for your edibles. There is ample space in the center of the design for you to label your seeds. These also make fun projects for a rainy day.
Hand a few to your kids. Get out their crayons, pencils, or paint. Spend time yourself with all of your adult coloring supplies for a bit of meditative zen time for yourself.
Show Off Your Seed Packets!
Whether you plan your seed packets in advance or like me, create them on the fly; make sure and share some of your saved seeds. Find a seed swap near you—really, they’re all over now. Seed Swaps are a great way to meet like-minded folks and maybe trade for some interesting seeds you would love to try.
Getting married soon? or know someone who is? Handmade seed packets filled with the couple’s favorite flower seeds make great wedding favors!
For information on seed saving, check out my post Seed Saving: For Beginners.