I saw a few ideas on Pinterest, but discovered that sunflower seed packets cost upwards of $2 each! Since these weren’t our official favors (the photobooth strips served that purpose!) I didn’t want to shell out too much money on this adorable escort card idea! I also didn’t like the commercial designs on the packets, and I would have to put a label on them anyway. I decided to make my own, and I think they turned out much classier!
Materials: (Prices may have changed)
- ¼ lb of mixed sunflower seeds: $7.13
- 100 seed envelopes: $8.95 x 2 = $17.90
- Adhesive name badges: $16.99
- Return address labels: (we already had these in the house)
- Use Microsoft Word or another word processing program to design the front of the seed packet. I used a simple vintage sunflower image. Of course, I also downloaded an antique-looking typewriter font for the guest names!
When you print on label sheets, the word template is typically oriented portrait-style. For these name badges, that means they are horizontal. I had to make a new template, which was a bit tricky! You can download it here.
- These could just be favors, and each one would just have your names and wedding date. To make them escort cards use mail-merge to add each guest name and table number. (Hint: You’ll need an Excel spreadsheet with two columns: Guest Name and Table Number).
- Use small return labels to put brief planting instructions on the back. Mine read:
Plant in mostly sunny areas.
Sow seeds 1/4” deep.
Keep moist between waterings.
- Place the name badge on front and return label on the back.
- Figure out how many seeds you have. Sometimes the website says how many are in a pound. I had about 3,500 sunflower seeds, which meant I could put about 35 seeds in each of my 100 envelopes.
- These envelopes were self-adhesive, so you just fold over the flap and press together!
- We put them in alphabetical order and placed them neatly on a table at the reception entrance!