How to Make Personalized DIY Seed Packets
Today’s post includes a complete tutorial for making your own personalized DIY seed packets – perfect for gift giving! These seed packets are great tucked into a Mother’s Day gift, Easter basket or spring gardening gift basket! Scroll down for all the details, including a complete Cricut tutorial.
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Here’s a little secret: I Get New Project Anxiety
Do you ever get anxiety before starting a new craft project for the first time? Am I the only one?
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I’m a Type A perfectionist who gets discouraged easily and never wants to mess up or make mistakes. I’m paranoid I’ll waste my precious materials or worse – my precious time!
Needless to say, this idea for making DIY seed packets has been swirling around in my head for quite some time, but I was too nervous to pull the trigger on it…until now!
STEPPING OUTSIDE OF MY CRICUT COMFORT ZONE
As soon as I got my Cricut Explore Air 2, I quickly mastered the cutting features, but I was definitely having irrational anxiety when it came to learning to use my machine’s write and draw functions.
Deep down I know there’s no reason to dread trying something new, but I’m illogical like that. I wanted to learn to write using my machine, but I don’t subscribe to Cricut Access (nor do I plan to in the future).
That said, I didn’t have any good free writing fonts in Design Space to test, so I kept putting it off.
Then, during a recent pin-fest, I stumbled upon a post by Monica Snyder at SimplyCuttable.com. It was like being hit by a bolt of inspirational lighting!
In her post, Monica listed 7 free fonts that are great for writing using your Cricut Explore Air 2 and included a really pretty font named “Kinan” from dafont.com. I saw it and knew it would be perfect for the little DIY seed packet project I’d been contemplating.
A DIY PROJECT PERFECT FOR SPRING (AND EARTH DAY)
Earth Day is a pretty big celebration in our house. I know, I know, that’s kind of an odd holiday to really go all out for – but we love it!
I wanted to keep the momentum going with my kiddos and was looking for fun spring projects to do with them. Both of my kids love to dig in the dirt and “help” when I’m working in the yard. So I dreamed-up this DIY seed packet project, which combines gardening and recycling.
Recycle Those Brown Paper Bags
Who doesn’t love a good excuse to show your kids how to recycle?
I had a few brown paper bags taking up space in my pantry after a recent grocery run. Instead of throwing them into the recycling bin, I cut those babies up to make the seed packets.
Then, I picked up some seeds at the Dollar Store and blew the dust off of my sewing machine (which – I hate to admit – has been badly neglected since I got my Cricut).
MY CRICUT TUTORIAL
After a quick pep-talk, I finally got off my bum and played around in Design Space with a writing/drawing project. (Okay, I guess I was still technically on my bum while I did this.)
I’ve outlined each step below if you want to try your hand at making some DIY seed packets too.
If you’d like to make these DIY seed packets with me, follow along below and/or check out this quick video:
Step 1: Gather your supplies for your DIY Seed Packets
- brown kraft recycled cardstock or brown paper shopping bags
- Cricut pen in black
- Cricut Explore Air 2 and cutting mat
- Weeding tools
- Standard sewing machine (I have an old Kenmore. I honestly don’t think they make these any more!)
- Sewing machine thread
- Seeds of choice
- Additional font* (See Step 2)
- Tree image (See Step 3)
Step 2: Download font & upload it to your Cricut Design Space
So the key to writing with your Cricut is finding a very thin font that will fill itself in as it writes so you don’t end up with an outline of your letters (bubble letters, if you will).
As I mentioned earlier, while browsing Pinterest, I stumbled upon the “Kinan” font from dafont.com*. It’s perfectly thin and resulted in a clean look ifIdosaysomyself.
*Always double-check the licensing for the fonts you download. I am using this font for personal use and will not be selling these seed packets for profit. However, there are plenty of completely free fonts on dafont.com.
- Go to Dafont.com and search for the font name or click on the link above. Next, click on the gray “download” button to the right of the fonts.
- Once the zip file has downloaded to your computer, open the file and double-click on the TrueType font file to open it.
- Then hit the “install” button at the top of the document.
- Once the install is complete, open Cricut Design Space and select your new font from the font drop-down menu. (If you are already working in Design Space, you’ll want to refresh it or log out and back in so you can see the new font selection).
Step 3: Download the tree image & upload it to Cricut Design Space
I planned to use the Kinan text to write:
“From small seeds grow mighty trees”
so I also wanted to use my Cricut to draw a tree on the packets.
This step is totally optional, but I thought since I was learning to write with my machine, I should also give drawing a shot too. If you want to draw an image on your packets, you’ll want to:
- Go to cliparts.co and download the svg to your computer.
- Open Cricut Design Space and in a New Project, click on the “Upload” button on the left sidebar.
- Click on the “Upload Image” button and then the “Browse” button to navigate to where you’ve saved your image.
- Double click on the file
- Add an image name and tags and click “Save.”
- Now your image will be saved to Recently Uploaded Images under the Upload tab.
- Click on your image and hit the “Insert Images” button, which will take you back to your canvas for further manipulation.
Step 4: Design & select drawing and cutting functions
You’ll want to start by adding a rectangle to your canvas. (I used a rectangle roughly 5″x7″.) This serves two purposes:
- It creates a template so you can visualize the placement of the text and graphic on your seed packet
- It will tell your Cricut where to cut the cardstock or paper after it writes/draws
Once you have your rectangle added and sized appropriately and both the graphic and text are uploaded to Design Space, play around with the sizing of the text and tree image until you are satisfied with the overall look.
The “Kinan” text you previously downloaded is a script font, so you’ll want to make sure each letter flows into the next like handwriting. To do this:
- Type out your words
- Highlight each word individually
- Adjust the distance between each letter using the “letter spacing” drop down (see below)
Okay, now here comes the super easy step I was dreading for some ridiculous reason:
Click on the text and select “Draw” from the “Linetype” drop-down. Real tough, right?! Seriously, it’s that easy.
Now that your Cricut knows to draw the lines of the text instead of cut around them, select the tree image and repeat the same step. Again, pick “Draw” from the “Linetype” menu.
Now you’ll want to let the machine know that you want a rectangle cut out around the text and image. Select the rectangle you recently inserted and make sure “Cut” is selected from the “Linetype” drop down.
Next, I “attached” the text to the tree image and the rectangle so my Cricut can both write and cut every piece at once. I did this by rubber-band selecting all of the text and the graphic and hitting the “Attach” button on the Layers tab.
Step 5: Send the project to your Cricut, sit back and watch the drawing begin!
Adhere your paper on one of your Cricut cutting mats, and load your machine like normal. Follow the prompts and watch as the design takes shape!
Step 6: Create your seed packets
Remove the paper from your cutting mat and stack the front of the packet (artwork side up) on top of a blank back. Load your sewing machine with matching thread and bobbin spools, and adjust it to have a long stitch.
As you would with fabric, start with the length of the packet and run the stack through your sewing machine. Continue along the bottom and the final length. ***Remember to keep the top of the packet open so you can fill it with any kind of seed your heart desires!***
Once all your seeds are inside the packet, run the last short side through your sewing machine to close the top. Trim off any excess thread and you’re done!
AS ALWAYS – IF YOU NEED HELP BRAINSTORMING OR CREATING A CUSTOM GIFT, PLEASE REACH OUT TO ME! I’D LOVE TO HELP!
More later! The craft room is calling, and I must go…