Friday, May 12, 2023

Vintage French Seed Packet Garland

I have a fun little DIY today to share with you that will add a little something special to your spring vintage garden displays. I love ephemera, especially vintage bits and bobs of any illustrations and paper designs. AND vintage garden goods are another favorite, so here's a colorful garland that's not new under the sun, but will liven up wherever you display it.

I'm almost embarrassed to show how-to pics because this a very beginners basic project. But here is my actual process for putting this together. I used to "do-it-yourself" all day long and didn't hesitate to throw myself into bigger projects, but now I like to keep things simple and easy... and fast.

While I was taking these pics I realized the neutral background might make things a bit hard to see, but I was on a roll, and this was one of the only flat surfaces that I work on... so here they are. Just start with a length of gardener's twine (in this case) that will cover whatever distance you need to cover with a little "drop". This is not quite 4 feet in length. I found these little paper packets on Amazon and just taped the flap with scotch tape on the back then measured about 2 and 1/2 inches till the next one. I wanted enough packets that would be a nice variety of graphics and color.

Then flipped them over to the front side and added the color seed graphic with double scotch tape. That way I could change up the labels to veggie packets if I wanted.

I found the vintage French seed labels on Etsy.

Super cute and festive, fast, and easy for some vintage charm.



You could also use seam binding, ribbon, other kinds of yarn or twine, but I liked the fact that this was actual "gardener's twine. The garland adds some color and charm to the cupboard. I'll be sharing it next week, with a bird theme for May.

So many places you can use a garland, like on a shelf or mantel or even a chalkboard. I tried it out on all three, but for pics this is where it landed because of the good lighting of the garden room.

Here are a few other ways that I've used seed packets and vintage ephemera...

Hope you're having a great week and digging in the dirt...

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  1. Looks super cute. I love easy peasy DIY's. Happy Thursday. Hugs. Kris

    1. thanks Kris, have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!!

  2. These are really cute variations of a theme, Debra, and I love them all!

    1. Hi Jeanie, I loved all the vintage images, too. So much variety in the illustrations. Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

  3. Such an easy and lovely DIY , Debra!! I love how it looks hanging on your cupboard with all of your vintage garden decor. The colors on those seed packets are charming. Pinned!

  4. Great idea Debra, i have saved so many images of antique seed packets...that would be perfect for this! Hugs and Happy Mom's Day! Sandi

  5. I like quick and easy projects too Debra. This seed packet garland looks great hung on your cabinet.

  6. The seed packets garland is a wonderful project. The garland looks great on your cubosrd.

  7. Being the Keep It Simple person that I am, I would simply tape veggie packets to the back side of your flower packets as long as you are hanging the garland up against something. I love seed packets--have made garlands with reprints of old ones, greeting cards with those reprints and actual new packets. I have an archway from my front hall to living room that just SCREAMS for garlands!

  8. This is darling. And I love easy-to-do projects. Never assume anything is too simple!

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I'm featuring you this week!

  9. I love easy DIYs like this! This project with its seed packets reminds me so much of my grandmother and her love of gardening. Love it!

  10. So pretty and so easy! Thanks for sharing.

  11. I love quick and easy projects--utilizing old, or printed items. This is so cute and the wreath may be what I do for summer this year for the front door. Always great ideas, Debra, thanks, Sandi

  12. Debra I absolutely LOVE this! Gardening + French seed packets=LOVE! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen


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