Kitchen Art with Old Seed Packets

Kitchen Art with Old Seed Packets

I honestly can’t help myself when I come across old seed packets. They’re like little tiny art canvases and I have snapped up several over the years. First, I created this piece with some flower seed packs and an old window. But more recently, I came into some vegetable seed packets and decided to make some kitchen decor with them.

vintage seed packets in an antique window frame

But I wanted to go in a different direction with the vegetable packets. The vision I had in mind was inspired by the old kitchen in our summer cottage in St. Joseph, Michigan. Green, yellow, and white in color with a very vintage feel.

old seed packets

And I knew exactly how I’d put the kitchen art together, using similar techniques to this project!

Fashion wall art by upcycling the envelopes of vintage sewing patterns

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Displaying the Old Seed Packets

First, if you can’t find old seed packets at a local antiques shop, they are definitely available on EtsyThat’s primarily where I found the ones that I had collected.

I also needed to gather a few more elements to bring my idea to life. I decided that gingham sheets would be perfect as the backdrop in my picture frames. So, I thrifted a yellow and white fitted sheet to craft with.

gingham sheets

And, of course, I needed a picture frame or two to frame the old seed packets. They didn’t need to be special or unique, just the right size for the seed packs.

picture frame craft ideas

After that, I then dismantled the picture frames I had purchased at the thrift store. Next, I cut out a rectangle of bed sheet fabric slightly larger than the frame’s cardboard backing.

Using Mod Podge, I then fused the gingham sheet fabric around the cardboard and folded over the ends.

making some kitchen framed art

Kind of like wrapping a gift, but not worrying about covering the entirety of the backside.

After that had dried, I laid out the seed packets on the fabric covered cardboard in the design that I wanted.

Finishing the Framed Kitchen Art

Then, I dug out my vintage photo corners- thankfully, though, you can find new ones on sites like Amazon (such as these). I love using photo corners with my seed packets because while they are held securely in place, there’s nothing attached directly to the delicate packet.

displaying the old seed packets with photo corners

I was already planning on gluing the photo corners to the fabric when I ran into an issue: How would I keep the photo corners and seed packets aligned with each other, straight, and evenly placed during the process without taping them down??

And then it struck me- MAGNETS!

So, I placed magnets underneath my cardboard and then on top of my old seed packets. They held together firmly, but I could still make adjustments to my seed packets to keep them even, straight, and aligned.

vegetable art for the kitchen

How great is that? The magnets worked like a charm.

With the magnets holding the seed packets in place, I then used my hot glue gun to secure the photo corners around each of the old seed packets.

old seed packets as kitchen art

Kitchen Art with Old Seed Packets

With the vintage seed packets held in place temporarily but securely, I was ready to re-assemble them in the picture frames.

vegetable art with old seed packets

The magnets worked swimmingly, the seed packets were centered and straight, and the frames received a makeover in a Spring green. These look like they were custom made for my summer cottage’s country kitchen.

kitchen art with old seed packets

Even if this look isn’t your style or if the green paint is too “snappy” for you, the magnet trick might come in handy for anything you’re framing! Especially if you want to frame vintage postcards, labels, or other other paper ephemera without doing something permanently.

Vintage gardening decor for Spring

And this idea is definitely not just for the kitchen, either. I could TOTALLY see them framed pieces hanging in a potting shed or in a protected back porch, too.

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for old seed packets, then you may also be interested in other garden-inspired decor, like this rendition of Thrift the Look!

Botanical inspiration from the thrift store

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Sarah Ramberg is the owner of Sadie Seasongoods, a website that celebrates all things secondhand. From upcycling ideas and thrifted decor to vintage-centric travel itineraries, Sadie Seasongoods is a one-stop shop for anyone who loves thrifting and approachable repurposing ideas. Sarah is also the author of “Crafting with Flannel” and has been featured in numerous media outlets and magazines.


  1. These are so cute! I have an old window hanging on the wall in our lower level. Now I know how to make it look good this spring! Thanks

  2. I love this! Super cute idea!

  3. I love how you used the artwork on the seed packets to create something totally new. And using the magnets to hold the packets was genius.

  4. Loving this idea! It is perfect for any Gardener, or Mom. I just may have to copy this idea, but I admit I have to finish my gardening first. How ironic is that! lol

    Thanks for sharing it at the Dishing It & Digging It Link Party.

  5. Great idea and they turned out super cute!
    So happy to have you sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  6. Love your DIY shared. Thanks for joining the Inspiration Spotlight party!

  7. Love that you chose to showcase these in a bright green frame, very eye catching.

  8. eyeloveknots says

    I really LOVE this idea! Though I don’t have any vintage seed packets on hand, it certainly is an affordable project to recreate. Thanks for the inspiration!

  9. Those framed seed packets are adorable!

  10. Christine @ Must Love Home says

    Love it! This is perfect and I love the green paint on the frames!!! Pinned your post!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Friday Favorites! I would love for you to join me at for the Wonderful Wednesday Link Party…and enter our $40 PayPal Cash Giveaway for May!! Hugs – Christine at Must Love Home

  11. I love the retro framed seed packs. They are so adorable. I would love to try one myself with red and white gingham and with watermelon and honeydew melon packets. So perfect for summer decorating.

  12. Love those vintage seed packets! And what a fun idea to frame them for your kitchen – a perfect DIY art project 🙂 Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday this week.

  13. What a lovely idea, so unique and different! I love that bright green! Thank you so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration #4! Hope to see you again tomorrow!

  14. Thanks for sharing on Peace, Love, link-up!
    The next party is tomorrow at 6, so stop on by and share anything new you might be working on!

    : )

  15. Oh what a neat idea!

    I would love for you to share this with my Recipes, Crafts, Tips and Tricks Facebook group:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  16. helenfern says

    I love this idea! Pinning so I remember it when I redo my kitchen! thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  17. This is adorable, I like the bright green frames!

  18. These are darling! Your ideas are always so clever and inspiring! Thanks for sharing at Family Joy Blog Link-Up Party this week. Hope you come party again with us every Sunday at noon EST.

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