Make Upcycled Seed Packet Containers

Learn how to recycle your favorite empty seed packets into beautiful garden inspired containers.

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Photo By: Photo by Melissa Caughey

Upcycled Seed Packet Containers

This season save your favorite empty seed packets and turn them into these beautiful and versatile containers.

Gather Your Supplies

For this craft you will need: empty seed packets/ empty cans/ ruler/ Mod Podge Outdoor/ foam brush/ craft paper/ potting soil/ plants/ drill

Discover Seed Packets

I came across these seed packets at an antique fair. Vintage packets like these can be found online and at flea markets. You can also use new pretty seed packets as well. The artwork is gorgeous!

Narrow it Down

Narrow down your favorite seed packets that you will use for this craft. Gently open each one up carefully releasing the glue with your fingers. Trim any rough edges as necessary with scissors.

Measure Up

Measure the height and width of the seed packet to be sure it will fit on the can.

Select the Can

With your measurements, select the proper size can.

Prepare the Cans

Empty out the cans. Remove the labels then wash and dry the cans. If you are going to use the cans as garden planters, drill a few drainage holes on the bottom of each can.

Prepare the Label

Protect your work surface with craft paper. With the foam brush, apply a thin layer of Outdoor Mod Podge to the back of the seed label.

Glue it On

Glue the label onto the can. Be sure it is straight.

Smooth it Out

Smooth out the label as you go to remove any pockets or air bubbles that form underneath.

Weatherproof It

Apply another layer of Outdoor Mod Podge to the outside of the label for weatherproofing and protection.

Repeat the Process

Complete the remainder of your containers using the same techniques.

Drying Time

Once you have completed all the containers, set them aside to dry completely prior to using them.

Garden Planters

This container is planted with pansies just as the label reflects. Drainage holes were drilled into the bottom and the pansies were planted in a good quality potting soil. Place a small dish to collect drainage water underneath if you are using these indoors. These would make lovely gifts, party favors, or try clustering them together for a lovely table centerpiece.

Garden Storage

These also make a great home for garden items. This one has become a home for garden markers.

Tool Storage

Smaller hand held garden tools, such as trowels and clippers, also fit into these containers. They make for a lovely way to dress up your potting bench. I might even have to bring one inside to my kitchen to store the cooking utensils on the counter top.

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