Dave and I were put in charge of making the favors for my best friend’s son’s garden-themed baby blessing. After brainstorming, we settled on decorative packets containing his birth-flower seeds. They turned out so cute, I thought I’d share! Make them to celebrate a baby’s birth or change up the image to make equally great favors for a bridal shower, birthday or plain, ol’ garden party!
WHAT YOU NEED:
Birth flowers seeds (Depending where you live, these can be found at most nurseries or home improvement stores. If it’s off-season though, you can always search on-line) Don’t know the baby’s birth flower? See here.
Small, vellum envelopes
Contrasting color, pearlized card stock (I only used one sheet to make 25 favors)
White card stock
White 1/4″-1/2″ ribbon
Scissors or paper cutter
Decorative scissors (optional)
Sewing machine & contrasting thread (optional)
Digital image of baby
Computer & Printer
Photoshop (or, if you’re old-school, a light-box, tracing paper and photo copier)
WHAT TO DO:
1. Open digital image in Photoshop. Use the Filter/Sketch/Photo Copy feature to alter image from regular photo, to line drawing. You’ll likely have to mess around a bit with the levels to get the best result. If desired, add a text layer with the baby’s name and date or an appropriate quote or your own words. Our version said, “With light, love and nurturing, we become something beautiful.”
2. Once you’re satisfied with the final image, size it for your envelopes and lay it out to fit as many as possible on one page. Print out on white, card stock.
3. While you’re at the computer, type print out a sheet of paper or card stock with the name of the seed’s flower in your desired font.
Seedless to Say
1. Cut out image cards, flower name labels and contrasting card stock tags (about 3/4″x 1 1/2″).
Cut out ribbon pieces about 6-8″ long.
2. Using sewing machine and contrasting thread, sew image cards onto vellum envelopes. I suggest using about an 1/8″ seam allowance. Note* Make sure that envelopes are open while you sew or else you won’t be able to fill them. If you don’t want to sew, skip this step and use a glue like Aleene’s Clear Gel Tacky Glue (works well with vellum) to attache image cards.
3. Fill envelopes with approx. 10-15 seeds. Seal.
4. Glue name labels onto contrasting card stock. Place tags on envelope and hole punch through both tag and envelope. Tie tags on using ribbon.