Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Seed Tape

I am thinking this may be my most favorite of the things I have as far as plantable paper. How fun to give a friend all the seeds s/he needs for a salad garden!?! Tutorial is below.

Here is the printable I designed. All you need to do is follow the directions below, spacing the seeds according to directions on the package, roll them up, and label them with the proper labeling.

Now for the tutorial using wildflower seeds.

Like I said before... seed tape is one of my new favorite things! The idea behind seed tape is that you can space your seeds perfectly for planting, like rows of carrots that need to be spaced a certain width apart. Me... I prefer planting flowers, so I used wild flower seeds, but maybe someday I will get around to planting carrots.

This seed tape makes a fun gift, and it is SUPER EASY to make!

The first thing you need, is seeds.

You will also need an old newspaper that you cut into strips.

You'll need flower.

To which you will add water, enough so that it makes a thin paste.

Get the best helper in your house to help you lay the strips on your counter.

Use a paint brush to dab a dot of the flower mixture in one inch increments on the newspaper. Have your helper drop one seed on the wet dot.

First my helper told me it was, "lame," then he really like it, and wanted to keep going. Let your strips dry before you do anything with them. The first strips I did were basically dry by the time I got to the last strips. It doesn't take long at all.

Find any container you may have around the house for packaging, and place the rolled-up strips inside.

Laughing Cow cheese spread works - right?

Wrap it up, and place a little label on top. You may want to say what the seeds are on your label, so people know what they are planting.

I dreamed this up last night... what about a seeded doily? Say you want to give someone a lovely pot as a gift, but you don't want to buy them flowers to fill it? Why not cut a lovely doily out of a paper towel, attach seeds to it, and give it as part of the gift? So cute - right?

I made the case for the seeded doily by sewing a piece of clear wrapping paper to a piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper. It worked perfectly!

Last minute, I decided to use the flour like glue, and the seeds like glitter, and make a cute little plantable sign. I know the seeds are really close together, and the seeds may not all make it, but I thought it was cute!

Have a Happy and Creative Day!



Unknown said...

oh my... I LOVE this!

Lori said...

Oh cool!! I love it!

shelley said...

Your seed tape is really, really genius!
I'd like to share this on my garden blog so i am glad you made a post about it!
I find it disheartening to have to pull out a starter plants if technically they are growing to close together, (not that I really did last gardening season and believe I have pictures of some crazy carrots to prove it!) but this solves the problem for that!
Love. It.!
Thank you sweet friend :)

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