DIY · Ephemera

Antique Seed Catalog Reinvented – 1904 Lippincott Can Planter

Here is the second Can Planter, utilizing the 1904 Lippincott Seed Catalog, I used the front and back pages for either side of the can:

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And the instructions repeated:


  • One rough coat of white chalk paint (yes, I finally came up with a frugal alternative to Annie Sloan, I will tell you all about it in another post from the deck-the-deck series, coming soooon)
  • A handful superlight strokes with sand paper to reveal a peak of metal here and there
  • Print the Lippincott Seed Catalog with a Laser printer (which heat sets the color, prevents it from running when moist) on plain 80g paper
  • Apply a generous coat of matte mod podge (decoupage glue) to the back of the graphics and stick them onto the can
  • Let dry for a while
  • Apply a coat of mod podge to the front of the graphics
  • Repeat a couple of times, to build up water resistance if you will be using these outside like me!
  • TADAH: unique planters for decorating your favorite spot outside 😀

Even with several coats of mod podge, I think the planters should not be left in direct rain, but they’ll be great somewhere with a roof/ under a little bit of shelter, and they should be able to withstand the morning dew and an occasional sprinkle.

My Seed Catalog Cans are also great for using indoors, for your counter top herbs, or why not in your office or study for supplies? If you are not going to use them as planters, and there is no need to worry about them getting wet, one top coat of mod podge would be enough, making this craft even quicker 😉

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Wings of Whimsy: 1904 Lippincott Seed Catalog #vintage #epehemera #freebie #printable #seed #catalogI’m sure you creative crafters can also find other uses for this printable 😉

Find your high quality copy in the download folder, free for your personal use and enjoyment 🙂 Download Printable Did you enjoy this post? If you are not already a confirmed follower of Wings of Whimsy, please click “Follow”  to register and make sure you don’t miss any future posts:

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I have used elements from the following source for this desing:

1904 Lippincott Seed Catalog – Biodiversity Heritage Library

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6 thoughts on “Antique Seed Catalog Reinvented – 1904 Lippincott Can Planter

  1. Oh my the ones here today are just as beautiful too. I really like these very very much. They´re soo cute and decorative. You´ve really hit it with these, that´s for sure, and i´s something everyone can use for sure.
    We´re having a long week-end here already as it´s our national day tomorrow, so I´+ll probably be kept busy with family here the next days, I thin k, but if not beforre, I´ll be back monday to watch more of your beauties here. So have a great week-end hun, and everyone else too.

    1. Enjoy your national day Sweetie! I have not had a chance to look into the Danish national day yet, what kind of celebrations are common for the day? Please take pictures if there is any festivities or parades, so I can learn more about it 🙂 I wish you a great weekend with your beloved ones! 🙂 xoxoxo

    1. Thank you Lindy 🙂 My cans are the “industrial” size, I get them from the cafeteria at the University College where I work. So the when the printable is done on regular A4-paper, it fits great 🙂 See the last two posts too, where I explain a little about this. xoxoxo

  2. I am down with my back right now but as soon as i get up these will be my first projects!! I love them and thank you so much.

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