Project #199 – Seed Envelopes

I stopped by the art store today to take a look some new markers. What I wanted wasn’t in stock, so the manager gave me a catalog. It’s a catalog I have no intention on using because the whole point of going to the art store was to try out the markers before buying them.

Now, I have a catalog with pretty, glossy paper. It will be much more useful reused as something else or recycled, rather than something that sits on my coffee table and entices me to spend money. Anyway, I don’t think I’ve ordered anything out of a catalog since the advent of online shopping.

When I was in high school my girlfriends and I would rip pages out of fashion magazines and fold them into envelopes for sending letters through the mail. This catalog has the same kind of shiny paper with colorful images, so I could use the pages for the same thing. However, since I don’t mail letters very often anymore it would be more useful to have envelopes suited for another task, namely seed collection out in the garden.

To make my own seed saving envelopes, I first made a template out of card stock. The template is based on what I wanted the final size of the envelopes to be (about 2″ by 3″), plus a little extra on the sides for folding, and a flap on one end. I ripped out my favorite pages from the catalog and traced my template onto each. I then cut them out and folded the flaps over, taping them in place.

Lastly, I added some labels so that I could keep track of what was what and when it was collected.

Now I have no excuses for not collecting and sharing seeds this year.


2 Comments to “Project #199 – Seed Envelopes”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Lovely! How did you learn to fold your own envelopes? I just found a stack of old Anthropologie catalogs; I bet they'd make great envelopes.

  2. Alison says:

    I learned this trick from a clever letter-loving friend in high school.

    Oh, and Anthropologie catalogs are perfect for making envelopes. They're so arty!

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