Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Make Your Own Seed Packets

Nothing brings out our inner gardener like springtime. And whether you're planting acres, or just putting a tomato in a bucket, it's all joy. Once you have consumed your glorious bounty, you can save the seeds for next year. And have I got the perfect place to put them : )

Making your own seed packets is a fun and easy project for kids and adults alike. Making your own seed packets with handmade paper is not only practical, but you can turn your seed packets into fabulous gifts. Stack four or five together, tie them with a pretty ribbon, raffia or baling twine, and you've got Mother's Day knocked out. If you're feeling ambitious, make up salad packs, or herb garden packs and sell them online as wedding favors. 

As luck would have it, Arnold Grummer's Paper Making Kits & Supplies is offering 20% off during the month of April and all you have to do is use this code at checkout "APRIL20."

Here's what you'll need to get started:

  • Handmade Paper using either Arnold Grummer's PaperMill Complete Kit, or Arnold Grummer's PaperMill Pro Kit.
  • Elmer's Glue Stick
  • Scissor
  • Pencil
  • Embellishments like Arnold Grummer's Botanicals, stamps, ink, ribbons, stickers etc.

You will need a seed packet template, and there are lots of them online. Here's a link to the one I used, which worked great.

Here we go.
Print out your seed packet template, cut it out and place it on your paper.
Using a pencil, trace around the edges of the template, then remove the template from your paper.
Now carefully cut out the template following closely to the line you just traced.
On the wrong side of the paper, lightly copy the letters A, B, C, and D from the template to the corresponding flaps on your handmade paper.
Fold over the large "A" flap.
Then glue flap B down.
Then glue flap C down.
With that, your seed packet should look like this, with only flap D left unglued.
Before you fill your packet, write any seed or planting information you would like to include on the back. Embellish, fill with seeds, glue down flap D and your finished!

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There are about 196 countries in the world, and my goal is to take the whole world on a creative journey one project at a time. So I want to offer many thanks to all my readers in nearly 100 different countries so far. I hope this blog post finds each of you living peacefully in safety. 

Many Blessings,
Jana : )