How to collect and dry flower seeds and create your own thoughtful handmade seed packet gifts.
Early Autumn is a great time to allow some of your flowers to go into seed. Collecting and drying seeds allows you to build a beautiful flower display next year and you have the bonus of using some to make a thoughtful gift! So get ready to collect, dry, make and give!
Firstly Identify your flowers. Sweet peas, poppies, lupins, sunflower, aquilegia and nigella are just some of the pretty flowers you can grow from collected seeds.
It's best to harvest the seeds on a dry, sunny day when the seeds seem to fall easily away and the pods feel dry to touch. Try giving the pod a gently shake and listen for the tell-tale rattle of the seeds inside. Cut the flower stems and keep the different flower varieties separated in bags. Bring them inside to prepare.
Now you can shake each type of seed onto a large piece of paper or tea towel, or into a small container so that it's easy to remove unwanted leaves or other plant debris.
Spread each set of seeds evenly on paper inside a tray or baking dish and leave in a cool, dry airy place. Give them a week or two to dry out completely.
Now it's time to get creative and make our seed flower envelopes!
- Hand collected dried seeds
- Small brown craft / seed envelopes
- Variety of pretty paper (scrapbooking, wrapping, newspaper etc)
- Scissors - plain or craft
- Hole punch
- Decorative ribbons, jute or twine
Cut a front label of pretty paper, just a little smaller than the front of your craft envelope. Pale colours work best, so that your label writing will contrast well. You might want to use shearing or craft scissors for an edged effect.
Tape the label to the front of the brown craft envelope using double sided tape.
With a contrasting pen, write the details of the flowers, collection location and date. One example would be
Seed Type: Aquilegia Collection Date: September 21 Location: Tori's Garden
Next add the seeds into the envelope. I find it easier to use the paper that the seeds are drying on to make a funnel and gently pour some seeds into the envelope. Seal the envelope shut.
Hole punch the top left of the envelope and add a piece of ribbon into a bow to decorate.
- This gift is a great way to use up small pieces of leftover ribbon for the envelope decorations.
- Be creative with the paper labels. You could use Christmas paper and make the seeds into perfect stocking filler gifts. Or use newspaper to make labels for a stylish alternative.
- Why stop with flowers? Make vegetable seed envelopes by collecting and drying tomato seeds, runner beans seeds or pea pods.
This is such a thoughtful present for tucking inside a birthday card, popping into a Christmas stocking or dropping through a letterbox for a thinking of you surprise!
Want to make a larger gardener's gift set?
How about a gardener's gift jar! Simply add a ball of twine, gardening scissors, homemade seed packs and lolly stick plant labels into a large glass jar. Tie with a ribbon and gift label for the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for any gardener!