Sunflower Seed Packet Sign


Sunflower Seed Packet Sign diy, wooden sign

Remember when I hit the scavenging jackpot a couple of weeks ago. I had the pleasure of  digging thru the props room of a theatre company. As a reminder, below you can see some of my goodies.

Salvaged Furniture

I already shared with you the bench, it doesn’t look quite like that anymore.

If you look to the right of the bench and behind the shutters…it’s a giant seed packet. It’s not a giant seed packet yet, but it does have the perfect dimensions for a seed packet.

Sunflower Seed Packet Sign diy, wooden sign

The sign-to-be is just strips of plywood held together with cross bars and screws from the back.  That’s right, no pallets were harmed in the making of this project. Overall dimensions were 28 inches by 42 inches.

Of course, if you don’t have the pleasure of raiding a props department, pallet wood would work great or reclaimed fencing or even strips of plywood held together with cross bars and screws from the back.

Vintage Seed Packets

I don’t know why or even how I got stuck on vintage seed packets, but after googling seed packets I settled on these 2 designs.  Mainly because they are rather simple graphics.

The Sunflower Seed Packet was found  at Lisa’s Creative Designs, and the onion seed packet was found at The Old Design Shop . Love the graphic on both of them but eventually decided to do the sunflower assuming more people would rather have a flower on their wall rather than an onion.  Though that is one fine looking onion.

Sunflower Seed Packet Sign diy, wooden sign

With leftover tan latex paint, painted the background of the sign.  While the paint was still wet, added a few drops of  a royal blue and blended that into the background paint.  If you check out the seed packet, you will see a little blue in the background (at least that is the look I was going for)

Sunflower Seed Packet Sign diy, wooden sign

 I just used the same brush that I used for the background, still wet with the tan paint and just painted back and forth until the blue was well blended.  If it’s too light, add more blue…if it’s too dark add more of the background color.

Sunflower Seed Packet Sign diy, wooden sign

I’m not going to go into much detail transferring the lettering and the flower because it’s pretty much the same for all my signs.  Pulled into Publisher where I changed the paper size to 28×42, stretched to fit, printed out, taped together, pencil scribbled on back, traced around the lettering…

If you’re new here and need more transferring step by step, check out my Raven sign.

Sunflower Seed Packet Sign diy, wooden sign

For this project, I transferred the lettering separately from the flower.

Sunflower Seed Packet Sign diy, wooden sign

Time to work on the flower. The flower can be as painterly as you like. I would say this project is a medium difficulty.  If you’re comfortable painting, just blend the paints as you go.  If you’re not as comfortable, I would suggest using the project as a paint by number and just breaking it down into it’s basic colors, tackling one petal at a time.

The paints are just acrylic craft paints, available at any craft store.

Sunflower Seed Packet Sign diy, wooden sign




Sunflower Seed Packet Sign diy, wooden sign

Finished off with a light sanding.  Edges were stained with a dark wax and the bulk of the sign with a clear wax.

I sort of want to do the onion now.

Have a great week and I’ll see ya next time.

Shared at Trash 2 Treasure, Vintage Inspiration Party, Wow us Wednesdays,

Think and Make Thursday, Dream Create Inspire, Handmade Hangout,

Catch as Catch Can, Friday Favorites, Link Party Palooza, Trash to Treasure,

Upcycled Link Party, DIY Sunday Showcase, Inspire me Tuesday,

Treasure Hunt Thursday, Friday Features, The Painted Drawer, Something to Talk About,

Sundays at Home, Amaze me Monday, That DIY Party, Hit me with Your Best Shot, Share your Cup Thursday,

Home and Garden Thursday, Be Inspired Tuesday and Metamorphosis Monday

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  • Sandi Allen says:

    love this! You did an awesome job!
    Thanks for sharing your how-to’s.


  • Very nice! I love that you hand painted the sunflower!

  • Christina says:

    Oh Joan, you did a stellar job creating the giant seed packet! The words turned out terrific, the flower amazing and the finish is perfect. I can envision this hanging cheerfully on the wall! Thank you!!!

  • Lorelei says:

    Love it!! I ended up going back for the blue trunk and a coffee table from the props room. Not sure what to do with the trunk but I’ll figure something out 🙂
    You have inspired me.

    • Joan says:

      I didn’t see another coffee table. Would have loved to have gone back, but I have enough projects to last me a while. That trunk was fantastic, but it definitely would not have fit in the car. Looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

  • Tammy ( Pa.) says:

    AWESOME JOB…. Love it..

  • Great job on the sunflower sign. I absolutely love it:)

  • This is absolutely beautiful! My daughter & I love sunflowers. In fact, we are going to a sunflower field this weekend! It is a fundraiser for kids with cancer & they sell bunches of sunflowers for $5. I would love to try to recreate this for my bedroom. Thanks for the inspiration & for linking up to Friday Favorites! This will be one of my features this week. It will be live on Thursday night. Thanks again! Michelle OurCraftyMom

  • Kelli says:

    Beautiful! You have some great talent for painting. I always have to do some sort of tracing or wood transfer or something for a project like this. Nice work!

  • Mary from Virginia says:

    Hi, I tried to go back and find your Raven post to get the details on how to do this project. I couldn’t not find the Raven project. Could you point me in the right direction?

    You work is truly beautiful!

  • Darla says:

    This is so beautiful! I love it!

  • Diane Weeks says:

    This is beautiful!! So summery! You are a gifted chic that’s for sure! Have a great week! Visiting from Sundays at Home. Diane

  • This looks amazing!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Suzanne says:

    This is so fantastic – thanks so much for sharing at the link party! You are so artistic!

  • Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    What a great sign Joan! I’m a fan of big, bold graphics. Now I think you should do the onion! Featured you at Be Inspired this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Joan says:

      Thanks so much for the feature, just got back from joining your party again. That onion is really calling my name.

  • Jann Olson says:

    Love the giant sunflower! I too love seed packet graphics. You did a great job painting it! Thanks for sharing with SYC.