When I started gardening it was really an experiment for me. Even though I grew up grandparents & great-grands who grew most of their own food & even raised animals for food, I could not even manage to keep houseplants alive for long. I just loved them to death!
Now 4 years into my own gardening journey, I have learned so much about everything from companion planting to starting seeds. Now that I have much more confidence in the garden, I am even starting to save my own seeds from one season to the next.
When I first started doing this, I wasn’t very serious about it honestly. I would wrap seeds in anything… a paper towel, plastic wrap (which we no longer use in our home at all), or just dump them in a plastic storage container we longer use. I’d label them what I thought I remembered they were & keep it moving.
I’m much better than that now. I realize I actually need little envelopes or tiny baggies but I’m not ready to have a million of them hanging around when I only need 5-10.
Amazon is great but unfortunately, I can only find these things in bulk. Sooooo, I decided to figure out a way to make my own & came up with this eco-friendly gardening hack.
How To Make Seed Packets for FREE
Watch this video to see it in action. Don’t prefer video? Skip to written instructions below.
Step 1 - Choose your material
Heavy paper works best for this method. It should be heavier than standard printer paper but not as heavy as card stock. I am using leftover Christmas stationary that is acid free
Step 2 - Cut the paper
Cut the paper into a square. It can be any size but this technique requires it to be perfectly square.
Step 3 - Create the folds
Fold the square in to a triangle by bringing together 2 opposite points.Now fold 1 side of the triangle in toward the middle. Fold the 2nd side in toward the middle & tuck into the first side. You now have a small envelop with a flap at the top.
Step 4 - Fill, seal, & label
Label the envelop with the type of seed you're going to store in it. Make sure you do this 1st, it's a little tough to do after you put the seeds in.
Fill the envelop with your seeds, fold the top flap down & secure with tape. I secured all folds with washi tape.
You can get as fancy as you want - use pretty pens & doodles, use stickers to secure, etc - or just keep it simple.