Make Your Own Garden Gifts With Seed Packets!Make Your Own Garden Gifts With Seed Packets!

DIY Garden Gifts: Seed Starting Kits

By Amanda Shepard

As you probably know, there’s nothing better than getting a gift that grows. With Valentine’s Day and spring just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to put together DIY Garden Gifts for friends, significant others, kids, and more. These seed starting kits are super easy and affordable to make. They can be customized to fit your creativity and personal style. This is a fun project for a cold winter afternoon, and also a great activity to do with children.

The complete seed starting kits can be started on a sunny windowsill 4-8 weeks before the last frost in your area, depending on the variety. Our seed packets offer easy-to-grow wildflower, vegetable, and herb seeds, and can make even a novice gardener feel like they have a green thumb.

See the materials and instructions below for DIY Seed Starting Kits! Plus, take a look at four ideas for seed kit themes, including Easy Pollinator Garden, My First Garden, Valentine's Day, and Easy Veggie & Herb Seed Kits.


Materials For DIY Seed Starting Kits

  • The supplies for these Seed Starting Kits can be found on our website, around the house, and/or at your local craft store for just a few dollars.

  • American Meadows Seed Packets
  • Egg Cartons or Seed Starting Trays
  • Seed Starting Soil (This typically performs better than regular potting soil)
  • 1 Quart Plastic Baggies
  • Twine or Ribbon
  • Notecards, Gift Tags, and/or Index Cards
  • Markers, Pens, and Stickers, or other fun materials for decorating

Instructions For DIY Seed Starting Kits

  1. Cut a full-sized egg carton in half using a serrated knife. Clean up any rough edges with a pair of scissors.
  2. Fill plastic baggies about ⅓ to ½ full of seed starting soil.
  3. Next come the tags and notes. Write the name of your garden on a tag that will go on the outside of the kit, and on a notecard for inside. Add any growing instructions you’d like on the notecard (although our packets do have instructions on the back). Decorate your notes with stickers, colorful writing, and more. Have fun!
  4. Place your soil bag inside the egg carton, along with the notecard and seed packets. Close the carton.
  5. Use ribbon or twine to wrap a bow around the closed kit -- don’t forget to include your handwritten tag! Decorate the outside of the carton with stickers, drawings, or however you’d like to get creative.
  6. Give to your lucky friend, neighbor, family member, or child to start their own seeds!

4 Ideas For Seed Kits

Depending on who will receive your seed starting kits, there are endless themes to choose from! Below are four ideas using some of our most popular seed packets.

Easy Pollinator Garden: Featuring our Bee HappyLet’s Grow A Butterfly Garden, and Feed The Bees Seed Packets. Whether you're gardening on acres of land, or gardening on a balcony, we can all make a difference when it comes to supporting pollinators.

 

My First Garden: Featuring our Little Sprouts, My First GardenZinnia, and Sunflower Packets. A great activity for kids, or beginning gardeners of any age.

 

Valentine’s Day Garden: Featuring our Love Is All You SeedLet Love Grow, and Cosmos Seed Packets. A great alternative (or addition) to the typical candy-focused valentines!

 

Easy Veggie & Herb Garden: Featuring our Basil, Parsley, Tomato, and Cucumber Seed Packets. A tasty gift that can be used to add some flavor to your friends' cooking! These popular veggies and herbs can be grown in garden beds or containers.

 

Tips For Starting Seeds

Using the kit is as easy as it looks:

  1. Simply fill each cell of the carton with seed starting mix
  2. Sprinkle 2-3 seeds per cell and spray with a water bottle.
  3. Place this in a warm, sunny spot in your home and keep moist.
  4. Once there’s no more threat of frost in the spring, cut the cells apart and place each one directly in the ground (egg carton and all).
  5. Provide supplemental water regularly until sprouts have reached a few inches in height.

Learn more about starting garden seeds in these helpful articles:

 

by Amanda

Diy Garden Gifts: Kits
Make fun DIY Seed Starting Kits for friends, kids, and more.

As you probably know, there’s nothing better than getting a gift that grows. With Valentine’s Day and spring just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to put together DIY Garden Gifts for friends, significant others, kids, and more. These seed starting kits are super easy — and inexpensive — to make and can be customized to fit your creativity and personal style. This is a fun project for a cold winter afternoon and also a great activity to do with your children.

The complete seed starting kits can be started on a sunny windowsill 4-8 weeks before the last frost in your area, depending on the variety. Just like most wildflowers, the seed packets you include with your kit are extremely easy-to-grow and can make even a novice gardener feel like they have a green thumb.

Diy Garden Gifts: Supplies
Most of the supplies you need can be found around the house.

DIY Garden Gifts: Supplies

The supplies for these Seed Starting Kits can be found on our website, around the house and at your local craft store for just a few dollars.

Materials Needed For Seed Starting Kits:

  • Seed Packets
  • Egg Cartons
  • Seed Starting Soil
  • Plastic baggies
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Notecards or index cards
  • Fun stickers or other materials for decorating

Diy Garden Gifts: Valentine's Day Kit
Diy Garden Gifts: Valentine's Day Kit

Diy Garden Gifts: Putting Your Kits Together

Depending on who you’re giving your seed starting kit to, there are endless themes to choose from. The four kits we made were:

Easy Pollinator Garden: Featuring our Bee Happy, Let’s Grow A Butterfly Garden, and Feed The Bees Seed Packets.

Valentine’s Day Garden: Featuring our Love Is All You Seed, Let Love Grow, and Cosmos Seed Packets.

My First Garden: Featuring our Little Sprouts, My First Garden, Zinnia, and Sunflower Packets.

Easy Veggie & Herb Garden: Featuring our Basil, Parsley, Tomato, and Cucumber Seed Packets.

Diy Garden Gifts: Seed Packets

Once you’ve figured out the themes you want to use and have your seed packets in hand, simply follow these steps to make your Seed Starting Kit:

1. Cut a full sized egg carton in half using a serrated knife. Clean up any rough edges with a pair of scissors.

Diy Garden Gifts: Cutting the egg carton
Diy Garden Gifts: Cutting the egg carton

2. Fill ziploc bags about ⅓ to ½ full of seed starting soil.

Diy Garden Gifts: Filling soil . bags
Diy Garden Gifts: Writing notes

3. Write the name of your garden on a tag that will go on the outside of the kit and on a notecard for inside. Add any growing instructions you’d like on the note card (although our packets do have instructions on the back). Decorate these with stickers, colorful writing, and more. Have fun!

Diy Garden Gifts: My First Garden Kit
Diy Garden Gifts: My First Garden Kit

4. Place your soil bag inside the egg carton with the notecard and seed packets. Close the carton.

5. Use ribbon or twine to wrap a bow around the closed kit and don’t forget to include your handwritten tag.

6. Decorate with stickers or however you’d like to get creative.

7. Give to your lucky friend, neighbor, significant other, or child to start their own seeds.

Diy Garden Gifts: Veggie & Herb Kit
Diy Garden Gifts: Veggie & Herb Kit

DIY Garden Gifts: Planting

Using the kit is as easy as it looks  — simply fill each cell of the carton with seed starting mix, sprinkle 2-3 seeds per cell and spray with a water bottle. Place this in a warm, sunny spot in your home and keep moist. Once there’s no more threat of frost in the spring, cut the cells apart and place each one directly in the ground (egg carton and all). Provide supplemental water regularly until sprouts have reached a few inches in height.

Diy Garden Gifts: Finished Kits
Diy Garden Gifts: Planting Seeds
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