You can recycle old newspapers and other waste paper yourself. Make pots out of newspaper; they will be biodegradable, better for the environment and your plants than plastic or peat pots. Also you don't need the pricey wooden widget sold in stores for rolling pots: a glass or jar will do.
Besides newspaper, you can also make pots from toilet paper tubes, egg cartons, and mini-yogurt cups.
Another option is to make your own paper from waste paper. If you add some flower seeds, the result is a beautifully textured handmade paper that can be used to make cards -- and then planted. Here are some instructions:
If you aren't crafty, you can buy seeded paper. As you can see in the following catalogs, seeded cards are ideal for use in weddings, baby showers, graduations, and other special occasions.
Here's a cool video on how to incorporate seeded paper into your business plan for eco-friendly marketing. If your business caters to green-minded customers, this is especially effective -- but it's a good idea for anyone.
Do you save seeds? If you garden, probably so. Do you really need all 1,614 marigold seeds that you pulled off the heads last summer? Probably not. To share them with friends, make your own seed envelopes:
Like seeded-paper cards, seed packets make charming party favors for a baby shower, wedding, or graduation.
Seed tape is a wonderful way of making very straight rows of evenly spaced flowers or vegetables; it can also be used to make designs or write messages. It's ridiculously expensive in most stores or catalogs, and often contains undesirable chemicals. Happily, you can make this yourself too. There are various recipes using different base papers and adhesives.
Does anyone else have favorite garden craft projects to share?