Seed Packets are a fun way to store your seeds, whether you purchase them in bulk or save them from your heirloom plants. A handful added to a gift basket for your favorite gardener just adds icing to the cake!

While I was shopping at Michaels’s to find stamps to use for my seed packets, a lady passed by and must have seen the total confusion on my face. She stopped to explain the uses of some of the supplies and offered some great advice. Whoever you are, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your help! If any of you are in the craft store and aren’t sure about what you are looking for, or even at, ask someone else on the aisle. More than likely they are a crafter as well, and can impart some wonderful wisdom. And who knows? You may have just met a new crafting buddy!


Some of the Basic Supplies you will Need


Craft, Scrapbook, or Heavy Butcher Paper
Glue Stick
Markers, Stamps, Stickers and/or Embellishments of your choice
Download a seed packet template. There are tons out there, but this one is fairly easy:




Once you have downloaded the template for your seeds packets, check to make sure the size is appropriate. I had to enlarge mine in order to fit the canning jar stamp – if it wasn’t for the size of my stamp, the original size of the template would have been just fine.

Cut along the solid lines. From here, you may want to make a template out of heavier paper, such as poster board, in order to trace the template on craft paper. To use craft paper, turn the paper face down and line your template up against one corner. This way you will be able to get more than one template per page (depending on the size of your template).

Trace around the edges of your template. Cut around your lines. Fold along the dotted lines of your template to make the envelope. Begin with the bottom flap, then fold in the short side, then the larger side. Once folded, open back up and put glue on the outside bottom flap. Fold in the short side and secure on the glue. Put glue on the folded short side and fold in the larger side. Make sure not to get glue on the inside of your envelope – otherwise it won’t open properly.



Flip your seeds packet envelope over and get creative. Use your stamps, stickers or personal drawings, making sure to leave enough room to write in the type of seed that will be stored in your envelope. Either use artwork very sparingly or not at all on the back of your envelopes. This is where you will add the planting and growing instructions. If you use art paper that is too dark or busy, put the growing/planting information on a plain white shipping label and adhere to the back of the packet.



I hope this has given all of you some great inspiration. Let me know how you do with your seeds packets. If you’d like to share pictures of your finished project, do so in the Comments. I’d love to see the artistic side of my readers!

Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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