Years ago, someone warned me that it was stupid to be an artist, because art is a luxury, not a necessity. Decorating things was "a waste of time."
That same person would probably roll their eyes out of their sockets over these doodled DIY seed packets. That actually makes me feel pretty good about this project...because we all love a little luxury in our lives, right?
While seed packets may not be high on the ''necessary stuff'' list, they are a great way to organize any seeds you harvest from your own garden.
So, since my marigolds have just started dropping seed pods, I figured it was a good time to share this tutorial with you...so you too can waste a little time making something pretty and helpful for your home. *wink*
Here is what you will need:
- Paper or cardstock
- Stick glue
- Pencil or pen
- Sharpies or other markers/colored pencils for decorating
- Ruler (don't worry, you won't have to measure)
- Seed envelope template
You can also skip the doodling part and just use scrapbook or other decorative paper. I made a few out of a small brown paper sack.
Making Your Own Seed Envelopes: Instructions
Download and print the template file (click here to get the printable) You can fold this version directly (print on the non-pretty side if you are using decorative paper) or trace around your main template (which is what I did, so the dark printer lines wouldn't show through).
If you trace around your template, be sure to use your ruler to make your inside fold lines to match your template.
Carefully cut the shape of the template out.
Using your ruler, crease all the of the fold lines. (Refer to image below.)
This helps make a sharp, clean crease.
Once all of your creases are made apply a thin dab of glue along the glue lines (marked below).
1. Apply glue to bottom of the right flap. (Piece 1, the widest side flap.) Fold to the center making sure to line up the top and bottom edges. Press glue in place.
2. Apply glue to bottom and outer edge of left flap (Piece 2, or narrowest side flap). Fold towards the center, over Piece 1, and press glue into place when the edges are lined up.
3. Apply glue all over bottom flap. Fold up and over both side pieces and press glue well to make a seed-proof seal.
That's it! That's all the folding you have to do!
Allow to dry for 20 minutes to an hour before decorating if you use kid's glue like I do here.
Decorate Your Seed Envelopes!
Maybe you are a rubber stamp kind of person. And that's cool too.
TIP: Cut down a piece of scrap cardstock, an index card or heavy paper to slide into your envelope before coloring. This will keep any ink from bleeding through the paper.
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TIP: You can take upload the template directly to PicMonkey photo editor and decorate it using their fonts, colors and overlays too.
Fill It Up
Once you've added your seeds, how do you seal them in? This is the perfect place to use some cute, decorative tape, like this glamorous glitter tape or just seal it with another swipe of glue.
May Your Garden Bloom (And Make Seeds!)
I hope you enjoyed these little DIY seed envelopes as much as I enjoyed creating this post. It was time well spent, in my humble, creative opinion, if it adds something pretty to your day.
Do you harvest seeds from your own flowers and vegetables? What's your most prolific and beloved seed maker?