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Antique Seed Catalog Reinvented – 1898 Lippincott Can Planter

Today there is  a Can Planter with the 1898 Lippincott Seed Catalog, I used the front and back pages for either side of the can:

Wings of Whimsy: 1898 Lippincott Seed Catalog #vintage #epehemera #freebie #printable #seed #catalogWings of Whimsy: 1898 Lippincott Seed Catalog #vintage #epehemera #freebie #printable #seed #catalogThe 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 😀

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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 😉

Wings of Whimsy: 1898 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 design:

1898 Lippincott Seed Catalog – Biodiversity Heritage Library

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One thought on “Antique Seed Catalog Reinvented – 1898 Lippincott Can Planter

  1. WOUW just been through all the last entries here right now sweetie, and what amazing surprises, I found here among these gorgeous new seedpack images. They´re all sooo gorgeous and beautiful.
    I also just read your answer to my last post, but unfortunately I can´t help you much with anything about the parades here, as they´re only finding place in the biggest cities far from us, so we nebver go I have to admit, and as such I don´t know, what they do, except from the speaches we wee on TV in the evening, from the different places, it´s been held. As it´s also Fathers Day here the same date, most people are having their own private celebration at home for that day, as so do we, as all the kids and grandkids most times comes by and we all have a barbecue or something, if the weather is for it, which it was this year, and it was also the same week-end it was Hjallerup Marked here, where most people (except frrom us LOL) go to the fairground and have fun, so after we´d had our barbecue here, the kids and older grandkids went there too, and we stayed at home with the small of the grandkids, who was too young to go, so here we ended with babysitting instead ha ha ha, but it also suited me a lot more than running around at a fairground to be honest he he. It was pretty cold all week-end even the sun was out, and they all complained a lot, when they came back, that they were freezing a certain thing of there, so I was fglad, we stayed home.
    Well it´s everydfay here again now, so I´m back to my craftroom, where I´m working on some tutorial for the scrapclub night at Scrapsisters here wednesday night,. so I´m of here to get some more work dsone.
    You have a wonderful day and lots of grest crafty fun with your beautiful cans , and thanks so much for sharing these beauties here.

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