Cute Seed Packets

Seed packets come with a lot of seeds, but as a backyard gardener, I really don’t think I’ll ever grow 40 tomato plants of the same variety in one season. So, I like to share my seeds or contribute them to our seed bank at the Oceanside Crop Swap for other gardeners to benefit.

Since I don’t want to just hand over seeds in plastic bags, I looked for a no-glue seed packet template online. I found one in this video and then customized it to my liking, using my own illustration, in Microsoft Publisher.

If you’d like to download and print these yourself, you can find my seed packet templates here.

To make the seed packets, follow the instructions under each photo.

First, cut out the template. It should form a square. You see that line that runs under the sun diagonally across the whole page? You’re going to fold there next.
Seed packet folded diagonally
Next, fold the square diagonally along the line, just as I noted above. This is the side without the sun.
Fold into a square.
Flip the paper 180 degrees from the last photo. The next two steps are two more folds. You will fold along the bottom horizontal line so that a triangle flips up. Then you’ll fold along the top horizontal line so that a triangle flips down.
Drop in seeds.
Now, pick up the seed packet and open it like an envelope–there should be only one place where it opens. Drop in your seeds. I try not to put in a ton of seeds, because the whole point of this exercise is sharing so one person has just what they need.
Fold the flap down.
Without spilling the seeds, fold the last triangular flap down.
Fold in half.
Now fold along the last remaining line to form a tall rectangle.
Open the packet so you can tuck in the triangle.
Now that you’ve created a nice crease, open the packet up one more time because you’re going to take the triangle part and tuck the triangle into the fold when you fold the seed packet into a long rectangle. In other words, the part that says “Grow with love!” will disappear into a fold and what you’ll have left is a long seed packet with the sun on one side and “SEEDS” on the other. See the final photo in the blog if this seems confusing.
Write out details on the seeds.
Finally, write out details on the seeds. You can note what company they’re from in “Collected From,” or if you collected the seeds from your garden, you can put your name on them.
And there you go! I’m planning to add these to the seed bank at our local crop swap.