How to Make Seed Packets

Overview

If you are interested in collecting your own seeds from vegetables, flowers or herbs you have grown yourself, then you'll need somewhere to store them. While you can use an envelope or jar, a nice touch is to make seed packets yourself. With handmade seed packets you can control not only the size of your seed packets but also what information is included on the packets.

Step 1

Place your paper on a smooth, flat surface. Use your pencil and ruler to draw a rectangle in the center of your paper that is 4 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall.

Step 2

Measure in and draw a horizontal line 1/2 an inch down from the top edge of the rectangle from one side to the other. Draw a second horizontal line 3 inches down from your new line. This line should also measure 3 inches up from the bottom of the rectangle.

Step 3

Look over your drawing. With the lines it should be broken up to include a top strip, a middle rectangle, and a bottom rectangle. The middle rectangle will be the face of your seed packet, with the bottom rectangle being the back of the packet.

Step 4

Measure out from the sides of the middle rectangle only and mark an inch wide strip on one side and a 1/2 inch wide strip on the other side. This should leave you with a stubby looking lowercase "t" shape.

Step 5

Cut out the packet along the outer drawn edges only. Fold the bottom rectangle along the drawn line onto the middle rectangle. Fold the 1/2 inch strips over along the drawn lines as well to form the packet.

Step 6

Glue the two strips down onto the bottom rectangle to seal the side and bottom of the packet, leaving the inch wide strip open at the top. Allow the glue to dry before adding seeds and folding down the top strip to close the packet.

Step 7

Write on the outside of the packet the types of seeds you are adding and the date as well as any other information you want to include such as the planting date and the spacing needs of the plants.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be sure to apply any glue and allow it to dry thoroughly before storing your seeds inside the packet, otherwise your seeds may stick to the glue on the inside.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • School glue

References

  • "Classic Garden Structures"; Jan Gertley, Michael Gertley; 1998

Who Can Help

  • Over the Garden Gate: Make Your Own Seed Packets
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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for WidescreenWarrior.com as a contributor and podcast co-host.