Wedding favour seed packets are a great way to personalise your wedding. You can customise the seed packet itself so that it keeps in with the colour scheme of your wedding. You can also tie-in the actual seeds you give with the theme of the wedding. Herb seeds would fit in with a rustic, garden wedding, sunflower seeds would be perfect for a boho feel wedding whilst poppy seeds would look great at an English garden party wedding. This tutorial will focus on how to make sunflower wedding favour seed packets.
What you need:
- Sunflower seeds or plants
- Secateurs or scissors to cut the flowers
- Kraft paper roll
- Needle and thread or glue
- Decorative elements such as ribbon and lace
What to do
1. Decide what type of sunflower seeds you want to use for your wedding favour seed packets. There are many different types of sunflower. Some are shorter growing varieties, some produce heads with lots of seeds and some have particularly tasty seeds. Good choices include Royal Hybrid, which produces heads with a large number of seeds or Super Snack Mix, which produces seeds that are good for snacking on, or Teddy Bear, which only grows to about one meter.
2. Plant your sunflower seeds directly where you want them to grow. You can plant them in the ground or in large pots. Most sunflowers will need to be planted between April and May and will flower in August . Plant them in the sunniest part of your garden. Plant the seeds or plug plants about 30cm apart in rows. Make sure you have enough plants to make your wedding favour seed packets. You want about two teaspoons worth of seeds for each wedding favour seed packet. One sunflower will make about ten wedding favour seed packets.
3. You can start collecting seeds when the seed heads have started to dry out. Cut the heads off the sunflower plants using secateurs or scissors. Hang the heads upside somewhere warm and dry until the seeds have completely dried out. Use a spoon or steel wool to collect the dried seeds from the sunflower heads.
4. To make the wedding favour seeds packets, cut rectangles out of the Kraft paper measuring approximately 3cm by 8cm. Fold the rectangles in half to make the seed packet. You can either glue the edges of the seed packet together or, for a more decorative finish, you can sew the edges with thread. You could use a thread in the colour of your wedding scheme. Only glue or sew the two long edges and leave the top open.
5. Decide how you want to decorate the front of your wedding favour seed packet. You could write on all the information or print off a picture of a sunflower. Remember to include the instructions for how to plant and care for the seeds!
6. Add about 2 teaspoons worth of seeds to each of your wedding favour seed packets. Fold down the top of the packet and secure. You could use a staple or a sticker that co-ordinates with your wedding colour scheme. You could add some extra embellishments such as ribbon or lace.
7. Keep your wedding favour seed packets somewhere dry and cool. They will keep for a couple of years but are best planted within a year.
8. Decide how you want to arrange your seed packet wedding favours on your big day. You could place a packet at each place setting or you could set them up in a box and guests can help themselves.
Other good choices for a wedding favour seed packet include peas, runner beans, chives, marigolds and poppies.
I hope you found this tutorial helpful! Remember to share your finished creations on Instagram and tag in @thegreenbrideblog