Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Homemade Seed Packets

Thank you for your comments on the wedding pictures! We got home very late two nights in a row, so I'm still catching up on sleep, but I was able to work on a small project this weekend.

Packets
Homemade seed packets.

Sunflower
Some of you may remember the surprise sunflower that popped up in Emily's garden.

Sunflower
It was time to harvest the seeds.

Seeds
Lots of seeds!

Seeds
Benjamin was my helper.

Seeds
Final count: 870!

Paper
I traced a seed packet template onto scrapbook paper. Then folded and glued the edges.

Paper
I printed out the name of the flower and a short poem on white paper, cut with decorative scissors and dabbed the edges with a gold ink pad.

Packets

Seeds

Packet
I added a bow and now they are ready to tuck into letters or save for small Christmas gifts.

Packets

Packets
Thank you for taking a look!

66 comments:

Mica said...

the packets are beautiful and that SUNFLOWER is HUGE !!! WOW !!!! Can you hear me over here??? That thing is HUGE !!! thanks for sharing... you are quite the clever lady !! Hugs, Mica

Sarahs Home said...

Kelli you are always making the most beautiful things, you are very creative.

Sarah x

Ginger said...

I was just asking my husband about sunflower seeds..

so my question is.. could you have eaten those seeds or how do they get from the flower to the kind you can eat?

silly question, but i have no idea how these things work LOL

Terri said...

Kelli, how do you come up with these ideas? That is the neatest thing I've seen! What a beautiful, thoughtful, and frugal gift idea. :-)

Katy said...

What an absolutely BEAUTIFUL idea Kelli!!!! I LOVE how your mind thinks!! I love your creativity!!!!

Jen said...

Such a sweet and unique idea. I love it. You are such a thoughtful person.

Melissa Wertz said...

Kelli, I have this template in my scrapbook supplies and years ago, used it for everything. Never thought about seeds... And you present it so pretty!!! I have a cypress fern in the mail box planter. Folks knock on the door, stop in in the church hallways and grocery stores....

I need to get that template out. I need to buy some of that beautiful gold stamping ink. :-)

Thanks so much for sharing!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Kelli,
The seed packets are awesome! What a beautiful gift for someone!

I am going to have to grow sunflowers next year...missed out on it this time! They are so impressive!
diane

Jessica said...

You certainly have the gift of creativity! These packets will be a beautiful gift for someone.

Hadias said...

This is a wonderful idea. I just harvested 2 varieties of Zinnia seeds. These would be great gifts. You are so crafty. I think that I will try this project. Thanks for sharing.

Tracy said...

This is so helpful, Kelli. I have the Skyscraper Sunflowers and had no idea how to harvest the seeds!

Where do you get all of your ideas?

Melissa E. said...

That is a great idea! I don't know what is wrong with me, but I never thought to pass along my flower seeds to others as gifts. Maybe it is because they don't look very gift-like in a sandwich bag and twist-tie!

Thanks!

Steph said...

Wow! I love to collect my own seed at the end of each season. Thanks for inspiring me to create beautiful seed packets.

Steph

Mommy said...

You are so creative! What a wonderful idea!

Mrs. C said...

What a great display of simple elegance. ;)

Mommy said...

You are soooo clever and creative! I really enjoyed the harvesting of the seeds pictures. Too cool! :)

Wanita said...

What beautiful seed packets. They will make lovely gifts. You've inspired me to harvest seeds from my flower garden, something I have done for quite a while.

Thanks for another great idea, Kelli.

Lady_MSnow said...

Those are gorgeous!

crystal said...

That is a Huge sunflower!!! And the packets are so pretty..

Crystal

Mrs. Trixi said...

This is such a great project. So elegant and pretty. Thank you for sharing.

Kathi said...

Kelli, Your seed packets are beautiful. You amaze me with your creative Christmas gift ideas. This is something, I could possibly do here on the farm. Great post, Kelli. Kathi

Kelly said...

You know the sunflower is beautiful....but the extra bonus of being able to make those sunflower packets is tremendous! Those should be a welcomed Christmas gift. Once again, thanks for sharing!!!!!

Love,
Kelly

MyJourneyBack said...

How sweet and what pretty photos too. I just love Sunflowers. Well actually all flowers. I hope to have a garden and flowerbeds next year. I saved the tulips and the canna's so I have a start!
Thanks for sharing. As always you make me smile.
Sherry

Connie W said...

Martha should read your blog...you can give her ideas! Ooh how pretty, and how BIG that flower is!

A Hint of Home said...

You have such fantastic projects. Those will make such sweet gifts.
The wedding pics are so pretty. All the kids look great.

TJ said...

What a wonderful gift! Too bad our little sunflowers that the birds "planted" don't ever seem to produce seed. I may try that with my radish seeds though. I think my secret prayer partner would love it.

Kelley said...

I am still waiting for my sunflower to get that big...it's taking forever!
I love the seed packet template that you used, the one I use is way too tiny!
Wishing you a blessed day Kelly!

Kelly said...

This is a WONDERFUL idea, Kelli! I love your creativity!

lila said...

You have had a busy and beautiful weekend. How clever to package the mammoth sunflower seeds!

Judy said...

That is absolutely wonderful. You always have such wonderful ideas.
Hugs,
Judy

Pink Slippers said...

Those sunflowers are huge. I habe always wanted to plant some of those but I do REALLY bad with seeds. Wendy

Jackie said...

I love your homemade flower seed packets. What a great idea.

Kelli, I am sending some columbine seeds to a fellow blogger and I hope I don't step on any toes if I use your idea.

God bless.

Julie said...

Thank you so much for this template. It is amazing what is out there that is free - ut finding it sometimes is the hard part! I want to use these for me - and the seeds that I collect each year for the next!

LBP said...

You are just amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this idea. I have some sunflower seeds as well. Great idea!

Linda

Shelia said...

Kelli, these are beautiful! What a wonderful treat someone is going to receive! That sunflower - it's gorgeous! Hope you're having a beautiful day!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Julie said...

Can I be on your Christmas List? You have the best ideas. I am going to plant sunflowers next year---how fun. Julie

Quinne said...

Hi Kelli :) These are wonderful - what lovely, thoughtful little gifts they will make. Have you ever thought of opening a shoppe? Love you so! Q

Mam said...

I really love these! The font you used is really nice. And what a great idea.
Nancy

Sweetie said...

Your sunflower packets are unique. What a wonderful idea. I also liked the wedding photos and the other flowers, especially the fairy garden.

Kimberly said...

I LOVE this idea!!! We're planning on doing just handmade gifts this year for Christmas, so I will be doing these for stocking stuffers for sure! Thanks for the idea.

Pat said...

Kelli, you always have the very best ideas! I have a sunflower gowing and if the birds don't eat all the seeds I will do this also. I love the print and the saying too!

Hugs, Pat

Jenn4him said...

I've had just the most lovely visit catching up with you after the weekend, Kelli. The wedding party was so handsome! The flowers were breathtaking. And, of course, I am smitten with your sunflower project.
:-)
Jenn

blessedwith5 said...

I love what you can do with paper!!! Great idea!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Hope you come back soon!

Susie said...

Hi Kelli,
Your seed packets will make such thoughtful gifts. How patient you were to count them all!
Loved seeing your wedding pictures in the previous posts. Your children look so angelic in their beautiful clothes.
xo

Sue said...

What a WONDERFUL idea! I know it would be a great gift to receive. I have never seen such a huge sunflower. I would love to be able to grow one like that.

Marybeth said...

I love this idea! Please do a giveaway and give us all a chance to win one!!

If not, I would like to order a packet from you!

Heather said...

Fantastic project Kelli - I can't imagine that many seeds from one flower - why do the seeds cost so much in the stores - and they certainly are NOT in lovely packaging like yours! Excellent job! We have some dinner plate hibiscus seeds that I'll have to try to do something pretty with.

Farrah said...

Those packets turned out exceptionally well! Love all the photos! :-)

Simply Heart And Home said...

Kelli,

What a wonderful idea! Were the seeds difficult to get out of the sunflower? For some reason, that picture gave me goosebumps! lol

Have a lovely week!

Gina

Katie said...

I love that! I love gift ideas like this...so unique! And those sunflower heads are gorgeous!!

Shopgirl said...

Yout Sunflowers are beautiful and the packets are so different and really made me think about my own Sunflowers. I hadn't thought of making these Big beauty's into a gift of any kind. We harvest the whole flower head and set them one by one for the birds and other critters that might want to enjoy them. You do some really fun crafts.
Hugs, Mary

Sharon said...

thank you so much for sharing the instructions for making a seed packet. What a wonderful idea for gifts!

Scott and Kerri said...

Kelli
What a beautiful way to store and share seeds! I love it.
Kerri

Storybook Woods said...

Dear Kelli, what a wonderful idea. I just love how creative you are. Clarice

Pattie said...

Beautiful - both your creation and that you're teaching your kids about sharing your bounty!

Danielle said...

What a great idea. Kelli, you are so cool.

Mrs. Staggs said...

This is one of the nicest ideas I've ever seen Kelli. So lovely.

Nancy M. said...

The seed packets are so pretty . Good idea! I pray you have a restful day.

The Liberty Belle said...

The seed packets are simply adorable! You share the nicest things.

The Berry's Patch said...

Holy cow that is awesome!

Lora said...

This is such a great idea!! LOVE it!

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

I love them! :) what a wonderful little gift to give your family and friends...thanks for sharing Kelli.

Jenn said...

Kelli!!! You never cease to amaze me with your ideas and creativity. I never realized how to harvest sunflower seeds like that. This is my first year having sunflowers, and the yellow exploded on one of them finally! Can't wait till the others catch up. ;-) I will try to save my seeds, too now that I see how to do it.

Cathy said...

Those are so precious, Kelli. What a great idea! I think you need to get to work on a book, TV show or something! Of course your little magazine is beautiful. You have so many lovely ideas to share.

chloe said...

Kelli, I am doing a blog post on seed saving... can I use your seed packet pictures and link to your blog? I have seen great templates before but none as beautiful as yours for gift giving. I am thinking about making these for my son's rehearsal dinner. Love love love them!

zafran said...

Such a sweet and unique idea. I love it. You are such a thoughtful person.thank,s for great shearing. gifts send to
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