As we are celebrating all things green and earth friendly this month at Polka Dot Bride, cost effective, recyclable and easy seedlings as guest favours are the perfect fit! Leaving no waste and giving your guests the option to grow some gorgeous flowers or delicious food, these wee green plants are a lovely gift for your friends and family!

Although they do need to be put together close to the event, these sweet wedding seedlings add an earthy element to your table styling, and are quick to make. Choose seedlings that won’t wilt without water for 1-2 days (no buds or fragile foliage), and include some yummy food that can be grown at home for fun! Uncoated brown paper and decomposable twine make these favours very earth friendly indeed!

What You Will Need: 

  • Enough happy and healthy seedlings for your guests (used here are sugar snap peas, celery and violas)
  • Uncoated brown paper (or recyclable paper of your choosing)
  • Decomposable twine
  • A space to work which will cope with dirt being flung about
  • Ssissors to cut twine

Step 1. Begin by letting your seedlings dry a little, so that they’re not soaking wet when you begin. Leave a day or two from last watering. Pull the seedlings out of their pots, and separate into individual plants. You can keep and reuse the plastic pots for other seedlings, or pass them on to other gardeners on swap and sell websites.

Step 2. Cut the paper into squares, approximately 15cm x 15cm. Try to keep as much dirt around the roots as possible to keep the plants healthy and happy. Place the seedling onto the square, and roll up like a mini bouquet, tucking the bottom in so dirt doesn’t escape. Add in several plants for a larger gift or as a mini garden starter pack.

Step 3. Using the twine, tie a tight knot to secure the paper. Pop the seedling upright in a container while they’re being stored, and do the wrapping as close to the event as possible to avoid having to water the plants, making the paper soggy.

Set the seedlings up in clusters on your dessert tables, or pop them in your guests glasses with a name tag on them, or with a cute garden quote printed on the wrapping. You could also use recycled glasses from an op shop for this wedding DIY. Let your guests know they should be planted asap, and then enjoy the benefits while visiting your friends and family, seeing beautifully blooming plants and veggies in their garden!

Ms Zebra Says: I can’t get over how gorgeous and thoughtful these would be to receive! As a foodie, I love the thought of creating these (even with herbs) to give guests and plant. Thanks Ms Honeycomb!

About Ms Honeycomb: Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).