DIY – Upcycled Seed Box + bonus Seed Packet Printable

Do you ever buy seeds based solely for the artwork or illustration on the seed packet? I do, and I must admit that I have quite a collection of those never-planted but really cool-looking seed packets. That brings me to today’s DIY…remember the small wooden box I purchased at a yard sale, a while ago? It finally got an Up-cycle Remake. It is now a little storage box for my many pretty seed packets. One thing leads to another, so of course with this (Thing 1) new wooden seed box, I had to design (Thing 2) pretty Seed Packets for the sunflower seeds my neighbor gave me from her garden. I love to design my own pretty packets to hold seeds that I get at the end of  the season. I save my seeds because it is so much cheaper than buying new ones each year.  I included downloadable printables of my pretty Sunflower Seed Packet, and a Blank seed packet template for those inspird to paint or draw their own artwork for special seeds.

It is Simple to make a DIY Vintage Seed Storage Box, I bet you have a metal, cardboard or wooden box that you can Upcycle. Your box may need a change of stain or paint to give it big change, then you can add inside-lid artwork, and a label holder, to remake it into your own vintage Seed Storage Box.


Light sanding, and a coat of gray & golden oak (mixed) stain gives my box a vintage weathered-look.

To make my little seed box Vintage, I decoupaged a graphic of a fruit packing label on the underside of the lid. I found the perfect label graphics on the bottom of a Trader Joe’s shopping bag. I copied it, using my home printer, onto regular white paper, then decoupaged it. After the decoupage medium dried overnight, I gave it a light wash of golden oak stain for “age.”

In the good o’ days, Seed Boxes were traditionally covered with advertisements of a seed company, and used to display their seeds in the local store. Real seed boxes are really pretty but pricey, that is, if you can find one in an antique shop.

Here’s mine…

These were my Inspiration vintage seed boxes…

After decoupaging & aging the label, I gave the outside of the box a coat of wipe-on clear sealer, then a few days later, hit it again with another light coat of sealer. The sealer was streaked with dull sheen, so I took a very fine sanding foam pad and went over the entire outside of the box to make it all matte finish. I used a light touch and it went quickly. Perfect…glad I didn’t have to do another coat of sealer.

The Seed Box Upcycle did not cost me anything up to this point, because I used supplies I had from other projects.  To add a little pizazz to the box I added a brass label holder. I usually have extra label holders too, but was out so I ordered these and these. I used an old typewriter font to make the label No.3 Seeds. The No.3 is meaningless but looks better than plain Seeds : ) other text that I considered was, Herbs or Heirloom Seeds.


Don’t forget to grab your PDF freebie printable Download to make a Seed Packet:

Blank Seed Packet Template freebie printable, for a creative moment.

Sunflower (Navy) Seed Packet freebie printable

Sunflower (White) Seed Packet freebie printable

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Here’s HOW…

First, I made a list of words (Boy, Girl, Brave, Love, Nest) that could be illustrated with art, then I scanned those word-pages from my old dictionary (I cut the pages out of the book to get a flat scan.) I wanted both of the two words that run across the top of the dictionary page to reflect the artwork, so I often had to reconstructed the dictionary page to position the chosen first & last word & definitions. That, cut & paste, can be done on the computer or by hand.

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Download: MML: Be Brave Freebie Printable

The printable is for personal use only, not for resale. Tip: To allow the watercolor art to pop, use the brightest white paper available in a little heavier weight paper. If printed on letter size stock, it fits nicely into an 8″ x 10″ frame or 8″ x 10″ matte opening for a 12″ x 14″ or 12″ x 13″ frame.


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