4 Craft Ideas for Seed Catalogues and Packets
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4 Craft Ideas for Seed Catalogues and Packets

By Susan Patterson (spatterson)January 20, 2014
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Now is the time of year that we gardeners start longingly looking through our seed catalogs and begin forming our list of seeds for the upcoming season. The bright colors and textures displayed in the catalogs seem to jump up at us off of the pages; this is especially true for those of us who have to endure a bleak, rainy, or very cold and snowy winter.

Gardening pictureAlthough spring may be a ways off yet, there are many things that you can do to get your mind set in the direction of the planting season to come. Why not make use of all those lovely pictures in your catalogs and any seed packets that you have hanging around? Here are four awesome and totally easy craft projects that will help you celebrate your love of the garden - even in the middle of winter!

Decopauge Box

You can decopauge just about anything and this forgiving and fun craft is suitable for all ages, making it a fun thing to do together with your children. Use your decopauged flower box to store your new seed packets or as a beautiful display somewhere in your home.
Materials
  • Newspaper
  • Small cardboard or wooden box of your choice
  • Decoupage medium glue
  • Foam brush
  • Old seed packets or seed catalogues
  • Scissors
Instructions
1. Cover a working surface with newspaper
2. Gather your empty seed packages or magazines
3. Cut out shapes and strips from the packages or magazines
4. Cover the top of the box with a thin layer of decoupage medium using a clean foam brush
5. Brush a thin layer of decoupage medium on each piece seed packet piece and place them on the top of the box, overlapping each other to achieve the desired effect
6. Smooth the pieces with your fingers or a small piece of cardboard to keep the surface wrinkle-free
7. Apply as many layers as you wish and repeat the process to cover the entire box
8. Once the layers are dry, apply a thin topcoat of decoupage medium to the entire box
9. Allow the box to dry before using it

Plant Stakes

Marking the rows in your garden does not require anything fancy or complicated. You can even use just a stick in the ground if you desire. However, if you are in the market for something a little fancier, but still economical, try making some cute seed row markers using packages from planted seeds.
Materials

  • Seed packages
  • Clear contact paper
  • Scissors
  • Letter opener
  • Heavy-duty packing tape
  • Plastic sticks

Instructions

  1. Open the seed packets from the bottom using a letter opener
  2. Plant your seeds or put them in another labelled container
  3. Cut a piece of contact paper large enough to cover the package - be sure to cut enough so that you have about one inch of paper beyond the seed package
  4. Place the package in the middle of the contact paper and fold the contact paper over the top and bottom of the packet. Be sure that the seam is in the middle of the package so that rain will not hit the seam directly
  5. Attach the laminated seed package to the plastic stake using heavy-duty packing tape
  6. Be careful not to puncture any holes in the contact paper as this will let moisture inside

Seed Packet Ornament

These seed packet ornaments make a great addition to any gardener's Christmas tree or you can even make a bunch and hang them from some stury twine with clothespins for. The great thing about this craft is that the seeds can be planted in your garden later on if you wish. This craft is fun and so easy that even young children can help.
Materials

  • Seed packet (red or green, such as peppers or tomatoes)
  • 4 popsicle sticks
  • Double-sided tape
  • Red or green ribbons
  • Thin-tipped permanent marker

Instructions

  1. Use a fine-tipped marker on each of the 4 popsicle sticks. These can be removed from the packet after Christmas and used as plant stakes.
  2. Attach the popsicle sticks to the seed packets using the double-sided tape.
  3. Tie a ribbon to the sticks and hang on your tree.

Magnetic Picture Frame

Everyone loves a picture frame for their fridge or workspace. This makes a perfect gift for the garden lover in your life.
Materials

  • Card stock
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Large empty seed package
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Picture
  • Magnetic strips

Instructions

  1. Attach an empty seed packet to a piece of card stock using double-sided tape
  2. Trim the card stock using sharp scissors
  3. Find the center of the seed package and make a 2-inch square
  4. Cut out the square and tape a picture to the back.
  5. Add 4 strips of magnetic tape to the back of the card stock

 


  About Susan Patterson  
Susan PattersonSusan is a contributing writer for Dave's Garden. She is a Master Gardener and a sustainable living researcher who is always on the lookout for ways to simplify and make environmentally conscious decisions. With a background in nutrition and extensive knowledge of whole foods and wellness, Susan incorporates sustainable living practices that will improve the health of her family while reducing their carbon footprint

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