It’s super easy to make DIY seed envelopes out of paper! These small seed packets are perfect for sharing or trading the seeds you collect from your garden, or saving seeds for next year. In this post, I will show you how to make your own seed packet envelopes, step-by-step.
One of my favorite activities in the fall is collecting seeds from my garden. I use these seeds to grow my annuals and vegetables every year, which saves me tons of money.
I also love to share seeds from my garden with friends, and use them to trade for other seeds. For sharing and trading, I like to make my own DIY seed envelopes. It’s super easy to make your own paper seed packets, and very inexpensive too!
Easy DIY Seed Envelopes
These instructions are for making 2″ x 2″ square envelopes (approximately), which work great for most types of seeds. They are easy to adapt to make your own custom size envelopes though.
Simply cut the square bigger for larger envelopes (which would work better for bigger seeds). Or cut it smaller if you want tiny envelopes. Basically, as long as the paper is cut into a square, you can make any size seed packet you want.
- Paper (I love using colored paper or some with cute patterns)
- Pen or marker (get creative with colorful markers)
- Paper cutter or scissors
- Tape (optional – you can use clear tape, decorative tape or cute stickers)
How To Make Your Own Seed Packet Envelopes
I encourage you to get creative by using different types of paper, like a mix of bright colors or cute patterns. Just be sure to use a thick paper, like craft paper. Thin papers such as newsprint, magazine pages, and wrapping paper are too thin and can break open, spilling the seeds. Here are the steps for making small seed envelopes…
Step 1: Measure and cut the paper – Cut the paper into 4″ x 4″ squares. You could cut it with scissors of course. But if you plan to make a lot of these handmade envelopes (and you want them to be straight), I recommend using a paper cutter. That way you can cut several pieces at once too.
Step 2: Fold the paper square in half – First you want to fold the square of paper in half, corner to corner. Be sure to take your time lining it up so that the edges are straight.
Step 3: Fold in the bottom corners to form the envelope – Fold the two bottom corners of the paper in so they overlap evenly. Be sure they align with the bottom of the envelope. Also make sure they are even on both sides so that your envelope is square.
Step 4: Tuck in the flap to hold it in place – Tuck the corner of one flap into the fold of the other to securely hold it in place. The harder you make the creases, the tighter the hold of the envelope will be.
Customizing Your DIY Seed Packets
Now comes the fun part… making your own custom seed envelopes! This is where you can get really creative, and design your own unique envelopes. You can make super fancy envelopes using stickers, stencils or stamps. Or simply write on your colored envelopes like I did.
If you want to decorate them or you’re planning to write on plain envelopes, it’s much easier to do that before filling them. Write the name of the seeds on the front of the envelope using a pen, or get creative use fun markers. Or if you want your seed packets to look a bit more formal, use printable labels with your computer instead.
Don’t forget to also include who the seeds are from, and the date they were collected. I like to write that information on the back of my paper seed envelopes to make it easier to read.
Once you’re done labeling your seed packets (or decorating them if that’s what you want to do) then you can fill them with seeds. If the seeds are super tiny, then fold them into a small piece of paper or tissue before putting them into the envelope so they won’t leak out.
When you’re done filling your seed packets, simply fold down the top of the envelope to close it. You can either tuck it into the back of the envelope, or tape the flap shut. Use some decorative tape or a small sticker to seal your cute envelopes and dress them up a bit.
Storing Your Seed Envelopes
You can these as gift envelopes for trading and sharing seeds with friends, or use them as personal seed storage envelopes! I like to keep my seed packets in a small plastic bin, like this one. I used to use a recipe box back when my seed collection was much smaller, and that worked great too!
You could also use an old photo album to hold your seed envelopes (the type that has the pockets) if you have one of those. Otherwise you can get a Seed Keeper, which is specifically made for storing and organizing seed packet envelopes!
Where To Buy Small Envelopes For Seeds
Don’t worry if you don’t have time to make your own seed envelopes, it’s pretty inexpensive to buy envelopes online. You can get these small brown envelopes for seeds, or even get them in other colors like blue or green! Basic coin envelopes also work great as seed saving envelopes.
Making your own DIY seed envelopes is a good way to use up all kinds of scrap paper. Your friends and fellow seed traders will love the cute packets their seeds come in, and they can throw the envelope into the compost or recycling bin when they’re done planting the seeds.
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Share your steps for how to make seed packets, or your favorite types of seed envelopes in the comments section below!