Faux Vintage Crate Signs

Faux Vintage Crate Signs

I love vintage seed packet art work. 
Just Google ‘vintage seed packet art’ and you will get an eyeful of colorful and fun images. 
I can’t really explain why I enjoy it so much…
but it just might be because it combines two of my favorite activities…
Gardening and Painting so building these Faux Vintage Crate signs was pure joy.

Vintage Crate Seed Packet Sign Art, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.comIt took me a while to get these done, much longer than I really wanted…..
not because they were hard, not at all,  it is just that life happens.

First I am going to share how I built the faux crate type surface.
I am not sure what to call them.
They are supposed to mimic the ends of a wood crate.
So here goes.
First cut your lumber to size.
I used 1 x 6’s and 1 x 4’s in pine.
I cut them to 18 1/4 inches.
I chose that number as I thought that was what the dimension of the boards stacked together would equal but once I got them all attached it only came to a wee bit under 18″, I was going for a square but since this is not rocket science or brain surgery a bit off is just fine by me. 
I started the top with a 1 x 4 then used 2 -1 x 6’s , then the last is a 1 x 4.
clear as mud?—  thank goodness for photos
I used 1 x 2 furring strips to make the frame and cut 2 the same dimension as the boards combined height which ended up being just a hair shorter than 18 inches.
Vintage seed packet crate sign art, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com (1 of 10)I applied a good amount of wood glue to the unstained back side of the furring strips.
Oh, did I fail to mention I stained the wood?
I stained the boards with MinWax Dark Walnut stain before I cut them.
Vintage seed packet crate sign art, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com (3 of 10)I used a well worn old paint brush to apply the glue.
Be careful not to get too much on it, you really don’t want the glue squishing out when you screw the furring strip to the boards.
Once you get the furring strip all lined up on the edge of your boards, then screw it down.
I used 1 1/4″ screws in black so they would be dark like the wood.
I spaced them so they would fall close to the center of the boards underneath.
Vintage seed packet crate sign art, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com (4 of 10)Do this on both sides of the sign.
Now measure the distance between the 1 x 2 strips already screwed on.
Do this at both the top and the bottom.
The dimension can be different and since it is a snug fit you need to get it right.
The top of mine was just a 1/16 of an inch narrower than the bottom.
Cut the next two top furring strips to fit your dimensions.
Vintage seed packet crate sign art, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com (8 of 10)Once you have applied the glue as before then screw them on.
Keep checking that you are lined up with the edges of the boards beneath.
One thing I failed to do was stain the ends of the cut boards before assembling the crate sign.
I will be sure to do so the next time around.
But they were easy enough to do later.
Vintage seed packet crate sign art, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com (9 of 10)Clean up any glue that oozes out before it dries.
And before you know it you have one of these..
Vintage seed packet crate sign art, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com (10 of 10)It is all ready to paint on your design.
I will post that next time so come on back!
Just in case you want to Pin this project, here is a nice sized image.
Vintage Crate Seed Packet Signs, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com

click here to see how to paint the radish and carrot
Faux vintage crate art DIY instructions, pattern to paint them in link, FlowerPatchFarmhouse.com


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  1. I love the way you give all the details of the things you make. These look great, I’m sure even I could do this. As this is certainly not something I could get Mr France to do for me. He wouldn’t see the purpose of it. I love him to bits but this is were we are so different..

    1. Thanks for the compliment. I do try to give as much detail as I can. Sometimes I do have to come back in and edit to add a wee bit more but that is okay to.

    1. Fruit crates are coming up next. I have to finish some custom growth charts yet but then MORE crates!

  2. Love the crates, but I noticed the barbed wire roll. I have a wreath (I call it that) very similar, that I am constantly moving.

  3. Pamela, your crate end vintage signs are stunning! Your work is absolutely amazing. I’ve featured them in this weekend’s Party Junk. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! I plan on making some with fruit next. I did have a lot of fun with these.

    1. I am working on some fruit ones next. More fun to come. Maybe even some Fall pumpkins!

    1. They are fairly easy to do and I am planning on adding a fruit design soon on some of these. So stay tuned!

  4. Really love the seed packet signs! The Frames look simple enough to make, I could use these in other projects, now all I need is to make another trip to Home Depot. Pretty soon they will know us by name. (-;
    Thank you for sharing the tutorial for these frames.

    1. Our lumberyard not only know us by name they know our account number (we have a store account) by heart. They type it into the register as I walk in the door. They also make sure I know of any bargain lumber (cracked, a bit warped or otherwise less desirable for most people) they have available which they give me a deep discount on, because they know that many times I can make it work for stuff I am doing.

      1. How neat! You must live in a small town? Don’t think Hone a Depot ever know us that well. I just read your about me page, I didn’t see a place to leave comment so I’m leaving one here. You have a interesting life. I don’t know how you keep up with it all. I have a full time job too, and sometimes I get so overwhelmed trying to keep up with everything. But I found that I really enjoy my blog and having a place to share my projects, so I’m trying to make it all work.
        I think I would love riding a snowmobile to work (-; except for the cold. Don’t like the Texas heat, but wouldn’t like the freezing weather either.

        1. Yep, we live in a small community with no big box stores. We do have an Ace Hardware which gives us the same personal service.

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