DIY {seed packets}

The sunflowers were looking a bit scary so we had a couple of options: mow them down, harvest the seeds for eating, harvest the seeds for planting. I chose to harvest them, but they were a bit too small for eating so I went the harvesting for planting route.
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I looked up online when and how to harvest…here they are drying out inside so the birds didn’t beat us to the seeds. And the seeds…901seedpackets-2

Since we didn’t need all the seeds I thought they’d make cute gifts to go on Christmas presents this year. As I thought of ways to make the seed packets I remembered some Save the Date templates I have (for brides & grooms to send out). One looked a little country to me – which Sunflowers are a lot country – so I tweaked it to fit my needs. I love how it came out. You could decorate your seed packets with labels, stickers, pictures, drawings, etc….limitless possiblities.

My label901seedpackets-2a

I printed my labels on ‘Full Label’ printer paper, got brown bags from Micheals and some twine & ribbon to hold them shut901seedpackets-2b

Labels on. A handful of seeds in each packet.901seedpackets-3

Seriously Cute.901seedpackets-4901seedpackets-5

Now I want to harvest all the seeds in my garden, but the reality is it took me 2 days just to finish this project! For a person without 4 kids running between their legs or in their arms you could finish this in under an hour. Very simple and easy.

There was a guess that my ‘project’ is to build a picnic table. Sorry to say we already have one in the backyard under the sycamore tree…we do pretty much everything under the shade of that tree…including eating lots of meals. Keep guessing.

UPDATE: Here are some free downloadable labels you could use for seed packets:

Floral label from Vale Designs found via iDIY

Birdseed Packets from Tricia-Rennea found via One Pretty Thing

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  • Amy - Ashley, you are super woman! I don’t know how you have time to be so creative with 4 kids, but its great! Cool idea!!

  • amanda torres - Is it some kind of invitation or card service? The last two posts have had an ‘announcement’ looking card, and then in all caps on the first clue post it said “OH MY WORD”…cards have words on them. That would be my only guess. This is really driving me crazy. I don’t like confusion (and I am confused)!!!!

  • pamela - i LOVE this idea! i’m definitely doing it for our purple cone flowers(echinecea). i love handmade gifts that people can really use and this is definitely one of them. as for your surprise….hm. are you announcing an adoption? : )

  • rachel - So cute! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • rachel - So cute! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  • Melanie Ann - This is such a great idea. I found your blog and have been going through it little by little. I have no idea how you manage to be so creative and successful with so much to look after. I love it and admire it though. Thanks for making my day a little brighter.

  • christina larsen - super cute.

  • Faith Buss - Good grief! That’s the cutest idea ever!

  • Sandy - OK, how about a Gazebo?????

  • Morgan - Will you be taking time off from the blog to work our your many on-going projects?

  • eric - Forgot to check the blog yesterday; of all days your anniversary! Sorry I missed such an important day. Congrats to the happy couple. Oh yeah, how about a bird house?

  • Ellen - I love all the photos and the crafts you did! Can you tell me what printer do you use?
    I am planning my wedding and want to buy a printer for making the crafts for my wedding. Like, jam labels and save the date card…

  • jenny - I just harvested a bunch of sunflower and radish seeds, and was wondering if I could make seed packets! I’ve tried putting in brown bags before, but they were just so overly big for the amount I have. And they were just sloppily folded over for closure. I love the ribbon idea, and the cute label. I can cut the bag down to size! Thanks!

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