Thursday, November 1, 2012

Making Pumpkin Seed Packets ~ Happy Harvest Gifts


"With every deed you are sowing a seed, though the harvest you may not see."
~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox


If you grew or purchased pumpkins this year, then you probably have an abundance of seeds at your disposal. Would you like to prepare some sweet harvest gifts? If you have children, I am sure they would love to help!


"Laura knew that it was a very small harvest."
~ Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Long Winter


Even if your pumpkin yield is small, the seed supply will still be large. These autumn inspired presents are very fun and frugal to make.  They can be used as a hostess gift, table setting favor or are small enough to be placed lovingly in a letter to cheer a far away friend.


Simple Supplies:
  • Our Pumpkin Seed Packet Printable (see below)
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Pumpkin Seeds

All you need to do is print out our printable, cut around the outline, fold in/glue the back together, insert "prepared" seeds and finally glue the top flap shut.


Included are two different printables...

One is for your dried heirloom seeds (which are seeds that can be replanted the next year). If using those, place five to ten of your seeds inside each packet. Remember, these plants spread so a few seeds go a long way. This packet is labeled "Pumpkin Seeds". Our printable provides the recipient with information on properly planting the seeds along with an inspirational verse. (You will find information here on drying your seeds.)



The other packet is labeled "Roasted Pumpkin Seeds" and is a larger printable to accommodate a decent amount of seeds for snacking. I would roll them up in parchment paper prior to inserting into the packet to ensure that any oil doesn't leak through. (This is a great way to use extra seeds or ones that aren't heirloom. You will find information here on roasting and seasoning your seeds.)

For extra decoration, punch two holes in the top and lace through some ribbon or twine.


Any way you choose to use them, they are a delightful token of your autumn harvest and love.

"Let us, therefore, not be weary of well-doing;
for we shall reap an eternal harvest of comfort, 
if we faint not…"
~ George Whitefield



Simply download and print. Please let me know if you have any problems printing.



Clip art courtesy of Reading, Roses and Prose. Thank you to Content in a Cottage for the initial seed packet template. For a blank pumpkin seed packet printable (without the writing), visit Reading, Roses and Prose. Linked up to Homemaking Wednesdays.

10 comments:

  1. This is adorable! We have a harvest exchange coming up on Monday is this would be perfect to bring!!! Thanks for this idea!!

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    1. Sounds like fun! Something like this would be perfect... with those tasty seeds you made? Mmmm :)

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  2. I enjoy each one of your posts, thank you for sharing this printable, and the good idea of the parchment paper inside, I would have missed that and had a mess. God bless you!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words :) I am so glad you can use these!

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  3. This is such a beautiful idea! And with all the pumpkins right now, I will need to try to make time to bake one and save the seeds. What pretty packets to print! Love you, JES!

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    1. Yes, that thing called "time" is often a problem :) So many wonderful ideas and so little of "it"...

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    2. What a neat idea! I love it! And the packets are beautiful! :)

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  4. Thank you for sharing this printable, and the good idea of the parchment paper inside. Pawn Gold

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  5. The are wonderful. I am sitting here thinking how happy I would be to be on the receiving end.

    Thank you for posting. I am so doing this for gifts.
    Cassandra
    The Suburban Reaper
    www.suburbanreaper.wordpress.com

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  6. These are just wonderful! I am sitting here thinking how happy I would be to receive one of these.

    Thank you for posting this.

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