Remember when I shared my vintage sunflower seed packet reproduction a few weeks ago?
And remember how I mentioned that I wanted to make a pumpkin seed packet sign too? Well, I finally got around to it last week! You may have seen a preview of it on facebook if you follow Circa Dee there.
I am always on the hunt for old boards and wood that will make a good canvas. In this case, I used an antique playpen. This sucker was heavy for an on-the-go mom!
Some of you may cringe when you realize I disassembled this into 6 pieces. But this playpen was really not functional or safe in the ‘as is’ state anymore so doesn’t it make more sense to upcycle the wood into something new?
The side rails make the perfect towel display rack (more about that another time). That leaves the bottom pieces. There were 2 sets of slatted wood with hinges on the side and a finger hole where you’d close the playpen from.
One of those bottom pieces created the canvas for the large pumpkin seed packet. I liked the raw wood and left it unpainted in some areas to give a rustic, timeworn autumn feel to this piece.
This is the actual seed packet that was the inspiration for this sign. I modified the colors and made them a bit abstract in my version. I used latex and chalk paints – mostly custom mixed colors. Then clear waxed all of it with some dark wax over the pumpkin.
I particularly like how the slatted wood broke up the image a bit.
I still think the sunflower sign is my favorite though. Although I do enjoy the rustic feel of the pumpkin sign. I have another, smaller reclaimed wood board devoted to the autumn vintage seed packet collection. Any votes on what seed you’d like to see next? I’m stumped!
P.S. Did you guys know that our shop is open this weekend and we are fully stocked with Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint? Come check out what the craze is about!