As Christmas is drawing rapidly near we thought we would create Christmas cards that are a little bit different and also useful! And so seeded Christmas cards were born! Every year millions of Christmas cards are either thrown away or recycled. Considering Christmas cards were first sent in 1840 that’s a HUGE number of trees destroyed over more than 150 years, although the modern practice of recycling Christmas cards and buying recycled cards has dimished the impact of this to a degree. Whilst recycling them is good, wouldn’t it be better if as little trace of them as possible was left behind and they could actually prove to be USEFUL? Our seed paper Christmas cards mean you can plant the whole card and still benefit from the Christmas wishes in the height of the summer when flowers appear. Marvellous!
We have two designs, printed on plantable seed paper from South Africa which is embedded with Alyssum and Poppy seeds. The cards are A6 size and blank inside for you to add your own message. The planting instructions are on the back of the card. A recycled envelope is also supplied for each card. A pack of 5 cards for £11.99.
How to plant seed paper Christmas cards
The card is very easy to germinate – we had seedlings within 6 days after planting some paper:
We are also doing something rather unusual to the traditional Christmas card by creating recycled seed packet Christmas cards! Again these are a Christmas greeting that has some use by producing flowers in the summer! The packets are recycled and measure 9 x 12 cm, printed on the front with a greeting and with the sowing instructions printed on the back. The seeds inside are British-grown British wildflower seeds – perfect for our native butterflies and bees! Each packet comes with a recycled envelope. Pack of 10 – £9.99.
How to sow wildflower seeds
The seeds in our recycled Christmas card seed packets are very easy to sow – best own in Spring. Simply choose a sunny, weed-free spot (or a pot of peat-free compost) and sprinkle on the seeds. No need to cover them with soil/compost – just gently press them into the soil. Water well and wait for them to germinate, watering if necessary.
So why not give eco-friendly Christmas cards this year? Ho ho ho!