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How To Craft With Free Vintage Seed Packets Art

Seed companies generally produce seeds for amateur gardeners, to grow their own flowers, fruit and vegetables. The seeds were traditionally sold mail order, using a catalog and seed packets. I’ve curated some of the lovely artwork from these catalogs and made them into free downloadable vintage seed packets.

Many of the catalogs from the 1880s until the early 1900s had beautifully colored painted covers. This period is often referred to as 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.

floral vintage seed packet art

To download the images just click on the title above and a higher resolution picture will open up into another tab in your browser. Then you can either save the image to you hard drive or print them out straight away.

How To Construct The Vintage Seed Packets

The catalog 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.

  1. First, choose your flowers and print out the seed packet template.
  2. Cut out the envelope shape
  3. Crease and fold along the flaps
  4. Glue the envelope flaps together as in the picture below.
Making up printed seed packets
Vintage flower seed packets

Making Upcycled Vintage Seed Packet Planters

A fun thing to make with the seed packets is some spring bunting and flower seed packet planters.

I used rusty old tin cans to make the planters. These were just tin cans that had been left in the garden to the elements for a few weeks.

  1. Sand off the loose rust where you will be sticking the seed packet label.
  2. Cut out the floral image from the center of the printed seed packet.
  3. 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.
  4. Using a decoupage glue such as Mod Podge, stick the label to the front of the tin can.
  5. 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. If the panters are for outside then use a waterproof Mod Podge or sealer.
Decoupaging tin cans with vintage flower seed packet labels

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.

  1. Cut a small water bottle down in size to fit the height of the tin can.
  2. Punch some small holes into the bottom of the bottle.
  3. Fill the bottom of the bottle with a small layer of pebbles.
  4. Then plant the bedding flowers.
cutting plastic bottle
Planting flowers in decoupaged tin cans
Vintage sedd packets tin can planters
seed packet planters and bunting

Another suggestion for using the seed packets is to make a seed packet box like this one here.

The Vintage Seed Packets Art Work

1. Carnations from Maules Seed Catelogue 1883

The carnation floral seed packet template

2. Pink Waterlily Dahlia 1883

Pink waterlily dahlia seed packet download

Pink Waterlily Dahlia seed packet

3. Maule’s Seed Catalogue 1900 Dahlias

Dahlia vintage seed packet download

1900 Maule's Seed Catalog Dahlias

4. Maule’s Seed Catelogue 1900 Yellow Cannas

Yellow Cannas vintage seed packet download

Yellow cannas seed packet

5. Aquilegia Seed Packet Art

Aquilegia seed packet download

Aquilegia seed packet art

6. Vintage Tulip Seed Packet Art

Tulip Seed Packet template to download

Tulips art

7. 1900 Pansy Seeds

Pansy vintage seed packets art template download.

Pansy seed packet art

8. Peter Henderson & Co 1894 Petunas

Petunas vintage seed packets template to download

Petunas painting

9. Sweet Peas Flower Seed Packets

Sweet Peas Seed Packet Download

Sweet peas vintage seed packets

There are a couple of vintage seed packets for lilies in this collection of vintage lily prints.

I love crafting with vintage images and I’m always of 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 love vintage bird images too, you should check out this gorgeous songbird tin can wind chime or a wonderful parrot paper decor for a cloche.

If you liked these floral vintage seed packets then you may like these other free printable vintage floral illustrations.

vintage seed packets

This tutorial can be found on the top ideas for a repurposed garden.

For more thrifty planter ideas visit cheapthriftyliving.

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Monday 24th of June 2019

Very nice! If you want to rust a tin can over night submerge it in a 50/50 mix of bleach and vinegar. Ive been building pallet wood furniture for years and rust my own nails. There’s a particular uncoated nail I use that will actually rust in less than an hour using this 50/50 mix, I almost rusted 100 nails together once. Just make sure the cans are tin and not aluminum.

claire

Monday 24th of June 2019

Thank you, that is a really handy tip. I often want to rust my own nails. I normally hunt skips for rusty nails but can now rust my own.

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These are gorgeous! I love the rust with the fresh flowers.

claire

Saturday 23rd of March 2019

Thank you so much, I like the contrast too.

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