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Create Your Own Seed Packets

Create your own seed packets using these handy printable labels and small envelopes. A great way to keep your seeds organized.

Throughout summer, I deadhead most of my flowers to encourage re-blooming. However, once the calendar turns to September, I allow many of them to go to seed, usually resulting in new plants popping up the next year. My lavender garden, for instance, started with one tiny plant that now fills an entire section of our front flower bed. That’s what I love about these self-seeders.

Bundle of Seed Packets with Printable Labels Tied Together with Baker's Twine

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With that being said, there are some plants I only want a select amount of. Rather than toss those seeds away, I like to pass them on to family and friends, or store for another year when I may need them. I love having things organized.

If you’ve never collected seeds from your plants, I encourage you to give it a try this year. Perennials like lupines, poppies and delphiniums are definitely good plants to start with. Just gather the seeds when the pods feel dry (before they burst onto the ground).

Most seeds can be stored in a dry, dark and cool place for 3-5 years depending on the seed. I recommend sowing within a couple of years for best germination results.

Create Your Own Seed Packets

To keep your seeds organized, I created labels you can print out, fill in and stick onto envelopes. I used craft paper labels and small envelopes. I love using these small envelopes for seeds.

Free Printable Labels to Organize Your Seeds

Simply download the seed packet printable template, save, and print using the same label paper I did (Avery 22808).

Kraft Paper Seed Packets with Printable Labels

Be sure to pin these DIY seed packets for later!

Seed Packet Envelopes with Printable Labels

Seed Packet Gift Ideas

Have any seeds you’ve collected from past years? Package them up and give away for Mother’s Day. Bundle a variety of seed packets together and tie them up with baker’s twine or pretty ribbon.

Or, to expand on the idea, create a gardener’s gift in a jar.

Easy Garden Themed Hostess Gift with Mason Jar Printable

Tuck a few seed packets into the pocket of this gardening apron.

Canvas Gardening Apron with Floral Pockets

Also, be sure to download my printable garden gift tags for bouquets or other items from your garden.

From My Garden To You Printable Gift Tag for Garden Bouquets or Gift Baskets

I have all kinds of DIY Gift Ideas for the Gardener, so be sure take a look!

Do you collect any seeds from your plants at the end of the summer? Have you received any from friends or family members that are now growing in your own garden?

Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Thanks Shauna….I am so not a green thumb….but this is such a great idea! Perfect for my daughter’s upcoming BD party for the goody bags! Have a great day!

  2. I love this!  I was going to give a friend some seeds I saved in a ziplock baggie…hanging head in shame lol!  Now I think I’ll package them up in a pretty little gift.  Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings, Deborah

  3. I want to start collecting seeds now that I know more about what’s growing in my gardens! Your seed packets are a great idea, specially with the growing requirements right on them – love that Shauna!!

  4. I admire how organized you are! I want to be you when I grow up! :) This idea is (as they all are) amazing! Pinned and am sharing this with my SIL as she is like you in many ways. I have a question about the bakers twine you’ve used. I can only find the thing spindly looking bakers twine, where do you get the thicker stuff?

    1. I picked that baker’s twine up at Michaels. Check their Canadian website for a 40% off coupon (that’s pretty much how I buy everything from there)!

  5. This is such a great idea, Shauna, and you have done a really nice job with the printable! Thank you for sharing this – I just pinned so it doesn’t get away on me. The one thing I didn’t know was the 2-5 year lifespan! I had no idea seed could last up to 5 years!!

  6. I’m such a brown thumb that I didn’t even know this was possible. I’ll have to try it this year. I have seen pods on my plants but never paid much attention to them. 

  7. Shauna this is adorable!  Pinning.  You sound like a way more organized and diligent gardener than me.  I’m usually shocked if anything flowers at all :)  It’s mostly shrubs and ground covers for me.

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