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Upcycled Magazines Pages: Seed Envelopes and Seed Company Review

Upcycled magazine pages to homemade seed envelopes

Upcycled magazine pages to homemade seed envelopes

I wanted to share a beautiful, green way of reusing those glossy magazines we all have.

I am sure the least you do for the environment is to throw old magazines out for recycling but here is an idea straight from the mind of my cousin who I happened to impose upon for a weekend. Not only did she feed me but also sent me away with a plant, clothes, some seeds that she and her husband saved from their new found love of gardening… I am not sure where they got the influence from (wink wink)

Packaging bitter melon seeds

Packaging bitter melon seeds

It is an idea on how to reuse those beautiful glossy magazine pages when you are done with them. Most of my magazines are travel, food or home and garden, all keeping the in the same theme. Not that I don’t have those magazines that features celebrities with cellulite and the like but I think they would be best suited for another purpose.

Use any image that strikes you.

Use any image that strikes you.

Her hobbies include designing and sewing so she was no stranger to taking things apart and remaking them into better versions of what they were.  She used a a small envelope to make a pattern and you can do the same.

It is simple, just use old seed or any small envelope and remove the glue (steam helps) and break it down to its essential shape to serve as a template. Cut the shape out using whatever part of the magazine strikes you, crease in the same areas, and then a simple glue stick is used to make it back into a new envelope.

Bittermelon seeds. They look as ugly as the vegetable.

Bittermelon seeds. They look as ugly as the vegetable.

I was so proud she put my method to shame and inspired me to do better.  If you were wondering my method consisted of plastic baggies and label with a huge Sharpie marker I always have sitting in a cup in my kitchen.

I shared this with you with her permission.  I hope you enjoy this craft project and at the same time able to put your guests to shame when you send them off with a bitter melon seed that you saved from last year’s harvest as my cousin did me.. because isn’t that what it is really about? Of course I am kidding unless it is a competition then I am serious.

Rear of envelope

Rear of envelope

As a side note, if you are interested in Upcycling. Hipcycle is full of awesome ideas and also have items to purchase. You can reach out to the crunchy granola part that lives inside you and upcycle rather than recycle.  They actually have some nice things I have purchased to use and for fancy pictures in some of my blog entries.

 Seed Company Review

As another side note here are some seed companies I use in case no one has seeds to trade with me or if I fail at saving them from the season past:

Territorial Seed Company: Good for all general purpose seeds.

Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds: Have some fun and rare seeds. They have a beautiful Seed Bank in Petaluma, CA. It is a restored bank and physical seed store. I made a special trip at the excitement of my husband when I heard about this place. The descriptions are actually quite good for where these plants will grow best because lets face it we aren’t all in the Central Valley in California. I once found California strawberries in a supermarket in Thailand.

Kitazawa Seed Company: If you want to get your Asian on get seeds from here. These seeds are for those who wish to grow some non chain supermarket veggies. I use the term Asian loosely, it actually has seeds for many vegetables but those that are familiar in the cuisines of Asia, Pacific Islands and India

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Solana Seeds: I have never ordered from this but if you want to dial up the pretentiousness this seed company has no catalog, use only craft envelopes and have the directions in French only.  I had to include this when I read that.

Check back, I might add some more as I try different seed companies.

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