Seed companies generally produce seeds for amateur gardeners to grow flowers, fruit and vegetables. The seeds were traditionally sold in mail order, using a catalogue and seed packets. I’ve curated some lovely artwork from these catalogues and made them into free downloadable vintage seed packets.
Many catalogues from the 1880s until the early 1900s had beautifully coloured painted covers. This period is often called the “Golden Age of Seed Catalogue Art”. With this collection, I have focused on floral vintage seed packets.
Vintage Seed Packets Art And Ideas For Using Them
These beautiful floral images can be downloaded as just the original artwork. Or you can also download the floral art as vintage seed packets.
To download the images, click on the title above, and a higher-resolution picture will open in another tab in your browser. Then you can save the image to your hard drive or print them out immediately.
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How To Construct The Vintage Seed Packets
The catalogue floral images have been placed in a vintage seed packet template.
On the floral art links below, click on the title to download the image as a pdf and click on the seed packet link below to download the same image as a seed packet.
- First, choose your flowers and print out the seed packet template.
- Cut out the envelope shape
- Crease and fold along the flaps
- Glue the envelope flaps together as in the picture below.
Making Upcycled Vintage Seed Packet Planters
Some spring bunting and flower seed packet planters are fun to make with the seed packets.
I used rusty old tin cans to make the planters. These tin cans had been left in the garden to the elements for a few weeks.
- Sand off the loose rust where you will stick the seed packet label.
- Cut out the floral image from the centre of the printed seed packet.
- Use a brush to wet the outside edge of the label. Then carefully tear around the edge of the image. This will give your floral label a more rustic/aged look.
- Using a decoupage glue such as Mod Podge, stick the label to the front of the tin can.
- Finally, to seal the cans and stop the rust flaking, cover the label and the outside of the tin cans with another layer of Mod Podge. Use a waterproof Mod Podge or sealer if the planters are for outside.
Planting the tin cans
I often use tin cans as planters. I have found the best way to use the cans as planters are to create plastic bottle inner pots. This helps with drainage and makes it easy to move plants between cans.
- Cut a small water bottle to fit the tin can’s height.
- Punch some small holes into the bottom of the bottle.
- Fill the bottom of the bottle with a small layer of pebbles.
- Then plant the bedding flowers.
The Vintage Seed Packets Art Work
There are some vintage tulip paintings on the site.
There are a couple of vintage seed packets for lilies in this collection of vintage lily prints and chrysanthemum illustrations. There is also a wonderful collection of rose illustrations from vintage gardening catalogues.
I love crafting with vintage images, and I’m always looking for new ways to display and use the images in crafts. I’ve used some gorgeous still-life flower images to make an upcycled tray table.
If you liked these floral vintage seed packets, you might like these free printable vintage floral illustrations.
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