DIY Plantable Party Favors

Green up their thumbs with these take-home surprises that truly are the gift that keeps giving. Following the included instructions, your guests can plant the tubers, root starts or seeds in their yard for an abundance of beautiful blooms.

DIY Flower-tastic Party Favors

DIY Flower-tastic Party Favors

Green up your party guests' thumbs with these take-home surprises that truly are the gift that keeps giving. Following the included instructions, your guests can plant the tubers, root starts or seeds in their yard for an abundance of beautiful blooms.

Photo by: Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Sarah Busby; Styling by H. Camille Smith

Materials Needed

  • flowering plant tubers, root starts or seeds (we used dahlia, coneflower and sunflower)
  • 4" recycled paper takeout boxes
  • burlap favor sacks that are just a bit larger than your chosen seed packets
  • card stock
  • color printer
  • glue stick
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks

Print + Cut Out Labels

Print our free PDFs (in the materials list, above) onto card stock, then cut out. Note: The flower labels are sized to 2” x 3” and the printable instructions are sized to 3” x 4” — if necessary, enlarge them when printing.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Embellish Containers for Roots + Tubers

Using a glue stick, attach cut-out dahlia and coneflower labels to the side of the cardboard take-out boxes.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Package Dahlias

Dahlia roots consist of the plant’s central stem and a collection of tubers that will feed the plant as it grows. Gently brush off any loose dirt that surrounds the tubers then place a dormant plant into each favor box, being careful not to break off any tubers (Image 1). Add the printed instruction card (Image 2) and fold over the flaps to close the box (Image 3). Note: Dahlia tubers must be kept dry before planting so don’t package them in plastic that could trap moisture and encourage rot.

Package Coneflowers

Coneflower root starts are essentially a portion of a mature plant's root system and are typically packaged with lots of loose, dry soil when shipped from a grower. Remove the fibrous root clump from the soil, carefully dusting off the exess soil, then place in a recycled takeout box. Like the dahlia tubers, a paper container, rather than plastic, is best for keeping the dormant plant dry and free from rot. Add the printed instruction card and close up the box.

Photo by: Sarah Busby

Sarah Busby

Add Ribbon to Takeout Boxes

To top both the dahlia and coneflower boxes, cut grosgrain ribbon into lengths that are approximately 7-8” and loop (Image 1), then slide the ribbon back through itself to create a knot around the box's handle (Image 2). Swallowtail the ribbon’s ends by folding the ribbon in half, then cutting on an angle (Image 3).

Create Sunflower Sacks

Use a glue stick to attach cut-out sunflower graphics to burlap favor bags (Image 1). Embellish with a small amount of greenery-style ribbon attached with hot glue (Image 2). Finally add sunflower seed packet and printed planting instructions (Image 3).

Create a Garden Favor Table

Make it easy for your party guests to grab a garden favor on their way out by setting up a favor table (Image 1). An antique frame fitted with a hand-drawn sign reminds guests not to leave empty-handed (Image 2). A vintage silver tray (Image 3) and an old wooden crate are a beautiful way to corral favor boxes (Image 4) while an old treadle-style sewing machine drawer is just the right size to stash seed packets (Image 5).

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