Spring Has Sprung- DIY Seed Favors and Signs

Mom Taffy really wanted to give packets of seeds to the guests at my shower, keeping in line with her spring theme. I will show you the steps that we took to create the favors and display, and a tutorial for the easy homemade yarn signs. I think that this would be a really fun favor for spring or rustic-themed weddings.

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Here is one of the finished containers holding vegetable seeds. Don’t mind the crazy sheet or background; we were in full crafting mode when this was taken!

My mom purchased a wide variety of seed packages, including flowers, vegetables and herbs. She then found some peat moss pellets that she wanted to include as a starter fertilizer. To hold them together neatly, she packaged the two items in clear plastic sucker bags that she had found at a cake supply store. She tied raffia bows at the top, and stuck labels to the back with planting instructions. Here is a sample of her work:

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Forget me nots, tomatoes, corn, and cucumber. I loved how colorful all of the packages were when they were placed together. :)

Next, she found some wooden boxes and buckets at a thrift store to hold all of the seed packets. The largest box, which she used for the flowers, she already owned. Here is a close up of the yarn signs that I made to label the containers:

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It’s hard to see the texture in these images, and don’t mind the glue! ;) I could see this yarn and muslin sign method being used for Miss Cowboy Boot’s wedding in some way after seeing her save the dates, since the yarn kind of looks like rope. :)

To make these signs, you will need:

  • Your choice of fabric (I used unbleached muslin)
  • Paper or paper plate
  • Dark pen or marker
  • Yarn of your choice (I used a thin dark brown wool yarn)
  • Craft glue

Step 1:
Tear or cut a piece of fabric big enough for your desired sign size. Iron out wrinkles.

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Step 2:
Write or type your wording in a dark color on a piece of paper (I used a scrap piece of paper plate because it was next to me at the time).

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Step 3:
Place your fabric over the paper, and line up the text the way you like it.

Step 4:
Carefully trace your word with glue and begin cutting pieces of yarn to place onto the glue. The word will not be one continuous piece; cut when you feel it is necessary.

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It will look like this when you are finished. Don’t worry about a little bit of glue showing; it will dry clear.

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Step 5:
Repeat for the rest of your signs. It took me about an hour to make four of them:

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Don’t mind the drying glue!

Step 6:
Hang signs with desired adhesive.

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We loved how the favors turned out! :) Stay tuned for the final presentation when I recap our shower.

Rustic brides, what type of sign would you use this for at your wedding?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Taffy

Location:
Ann Arbor
Wedding Date:
May 2009

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    joey 1078 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:43 pm

    I love this theme and the favors! I can’t wait to start my garden up.

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    perfume 2239 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:44 pm

    So cute, I love the theme!

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:45 pm

    Your yarn signs are SO cute — thanks for the DIY step-by-step!

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    Emilydll 428 posts, Helper bee @ 3:46 pm

    I’m loving it!!! :) When I saw the first picture I thought you sewed these, I would have never guessed the letters were just glued on. Very nifty!

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    leenmachine 262 posts, Helper bee @ 4:01 pm

    I’m in love with the signs! And so easy! Now I just gotta figure where I can use it! :)

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    crabcake 834 posts, Busy bee @ 4:06 pm

    What a cute idea! I love the seed packets!

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    shannamt 129 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:21 pm

    Very cute

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    diytypebride, Guest @ 4:29 pm

    omg I love this idea- and might steal or borrow this- thank you for sharing!

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    peeptoe 1804 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:55 pm

    You and your Mom are quite possibly the cutest things ever!! Love this!!

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    powderpuff 882 posts, Busy bee @ 7:07 pm

    ADORABLE!!!! Great job, Taffy!

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:26 pm

    OMG I LOVE thses – SO freakin’ adorable!

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    PeachandPearl 278 posts, Helper bee @ 7:37 pm

    Awesome! The packets look so cute in the little bags, and the signs are amazing, as well.

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    honeymyheart 764 posts, Busy bee @ 9:08 pm

    that’s such a good diy :) the signs are super cute.

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    MrsSl82be 9010 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:27 pm

    I love these!! I wish my mom and I had the crafting bug :)

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    latte 651 posts, Busy bee @ 10:45 pm

    the yarn letters look fabulous!!! and so easy to make too! now i just need a reason to make them…

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    MarryingtheNavy 233 posts, Helper bee @ 11:15 pm

    What a creative way to display the favors! I love the yarn lettering.

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    Erin, Guest @ 12:17 am

    Oh! So clever!

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    Cole B 1367 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:20 am

    I love the signs! Such a cute way to do favors!

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    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:23 am

    These are so CUTE!!

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    USFcupcake12 32 posts, Newbee @ 1:26 am

    This was a great idea! I love it! My FMIL actually did something similar at Christmas and gave everyone packages of seeds for flowers, veggies, etc. based on where we live…great idea, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Love it!

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    mssushi 1479 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:21 am

    What a cute, affordable and green favor! Love it!

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    TechGirl 268 posts, Helper bee @ 9:15 am

    These baskets turned out so great! What a great idea for spring!

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:02 am

    those signs are so great! i love them!

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    Steph921 194 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:09 pm

    Those are great!!! It makes me rethink shower themes, including my own in a few weekends! So much fun and what a great tutorial!

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    Newport Nuptials 1268 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:44 pm

    They came out so cute. I love your handwriting!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:08 pm

    Thanks, I’m so glad that you like them! :)

    @Emilydll: My original plan was to sew them, but I didn’t want too see the stitches. Then I realized that I could make them with glue, and it would be so much easier and look more continuous.

    @diytypebride: Borrow away! That’s what tutorials are for. :)

    @Miss Latte: @leenmachine: I think this could work for almost any sign situation! Reserved signs, food signs, just married for the back of the seats signs… the bets part is that you can use a thin or thick yarn depending on the size. :)

    @Mrs. Sushi: Yes, we were very excited about all of those aspects!

    @Newport Nuptials: Oh, thanks! I guess that’s one good thing about this project- if you hand write instead of type, it is a nice personal touch to have your own writing. :)

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    Mrs. Mouse 4828 posts, Honey bee @ 11:27 pm

    Hmm, I feel like I could maybe work this into my vintage, rustic, English garden-y wedding. Who knows?

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    luckeyme09 97 posts, Worker bee @ 12:54 pm

    those are so cute!

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