Vintage Seed Label Containers

January 6, 2016

vintage seed label containers

Today, I thought I would share these vintage seed label containers. As the winter snow collects on the ground, I dream about getting into my gardens again, feeling the cool earth between my fingers. When I garden, I tend to save everything including beautiful seed packets that store the future bounty of summer vegetables and flowers. As a lover of all vintage things, I enjoy the thrill of the hunt. When I was at the Nashville Country Living Fair this past spring, I eyed these seed labels. Piles upon piles of vintage seed labels were to be had. I scooped them up. I had an idea for the perfect garden craft. My potting bench could use some help.

vintage seed packet containers

I upcycled larger aluminum cans that once help canned vegetables, soups and the like into these beautiful vintage seed label containers for my potting bench. They could be used for anything, but I especially liked that I could store smaller tools and my copper labels easily in reach when I needed them the most. I tend to put things down in the garden only to discover them days after I lose them!

You can use any seed packet labels. Just use a delicate hand and caution when opening them to keep them intact. If your labels tear, don’t worry. Simply trim them with scissors or consider creating a mosaic on your aluminum cans. Either way, they turn out beautiful.

vintage seed label containers

When I makes these, I always like to make a few extra. With a few holes drilled in the bottom, they can easily be planted with bulbs, spring flowers like these pansies or even herbs. Try adding some herb labels to the front of these cans and filling the cans with herbs that coordinate with the labels. You’ll have a windowsill herb garden in no time!  Better yet, share one of these with a favorite gardening friend. This just might help them get over the hump of winter.

For the complete tutorial, with all the step-by-step photos, please take a peek at my post on HGTV.

Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest


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