French Flower Seed Tray

I know the first day of spring was over a week ago but I never feel like it’s officially spring until Easter comes.  Since Easter was yesterday – YEAY, SPRING IS HERE!  (I hope you had a lovely Easter, by the way!)  Spring always puts me in a good mood.   🙂  The warmer weather, birds chirping, not having to dress in layers and get the boys all bundled up, and oh yeah – flowers!  I’m not a gardener at all but I like to admire other people’s yards and city parks filled with colorful blooms of gorgeous flowers and luscious greenery.

Vintage French flower seed labels decoupaged onto bamboo tray. By Girl in the Garage

So when I saw some vintage French flower seed labels on ebay last summer, I immediately bought them.  And then I waited…and waited… about a month or so since they were actually shipped from France by someone who had found boxes of them in a former gardening store.  (You know how I love anything French!)  I was waiting for the right project to use them, and since spring is finally here I dug them out to decoupage onto my plain bamboo serving tray.  (Also it seemed like my recent projects were seriously lacking some color!)

If you want to try something similar, here’s what you’ll need:

Serving tray (I already had mine but you can find a similar one at craft stores for about $5)

Bamboo tray used for decoupage. Girl in the Garage

– Labels or any type of paper item to decoupage

Vintage French flower seed labels used for decoupage. Girl in the Garage

Mod Podge

Before I started gluing, I lined up my labels to make sure they would fit.  Then I attached them with Mod Podge and left space in the middle of the tray because I wanted to add some lettering.

Using Mod Podge to glue flower labels to the tray. Girl in the Garage

French flower labels decoupaged onto tray. Girl in the Garage

After the lettering was painted, I hated how it looked. (=Fail!)  It just didn’t turn out how I’d pictured it.

Painted lettering on tray (Fail). Girl in the Garage

To fix it, I cut some of the remaining labels in half and glued them over the area.  Overall it was an easy project with beautiful results.

Decoupaged French flower seed labels on bamboo tray. Girl in the Garage

Now you can’t even tell that there was a botched lettering job at all… and I have a lovely French flower seed label tray to help welcome in my favorite colorful season!

Finished tray with decoupaged French flower seed labels. Girl in the Garage

 Are you ready for spring?  Have you been working on some spring projects to welcome in the season?  I’d love to hear about them!

And if you’re looking for more spring inspiration, take a look at my embellished nest with bird’s eggs.


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56 Comments on French Flower Seed Tray

  1. Bethany
    April 1, 2013 at 10:09 am (6 years ago)

    This is so pretty!

    • Jen
      April 1, 2013 at 1:53 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Adrianne!

  2. Susan Townsend
    April 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm (6 years ago)

    Great idea! Lovely tray that you have. I’m visiting from Farmhouse Porch link party. Have a great week!
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    • Jen
      April 1, 2013 at 9:54 pm (6 years ago)

      Susan, thanks for the compliment- you also!

  3. Yvonne @ StoneGable
    April 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm (6 years ago)

    Jen, this is so pretty and perfect for spring and summer! The french lettering puts it over-the-top!!!

    • Jen
      April 1, 2013 at 9:53 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Yvonne! Glad to have you visiting.

    • Jen
      April 1, 2013 at 9:52 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Cynthia! I agree- that’s what I love about the DIY world, if you aren’t happy with how something looks you can always change it! 🙂

  4. Sue
    April 1, 2013 at 9:04 pm (6 years ago)

    Looks great!! Thanks for showing how easy it is to this.

  5. Lucy
    April 1, 2013 at 11:03 pm (6 years ago)

    I love how this turned out! So bright and springy! I think it looks great with the row of smaller seed packets in the middle.
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  6. Cindy
    April 2, 2013 at 1:14 am (6 years ago)

    What a great project. I love the old labels and the colors. I’m a real color gal myself!

    • Jen
      April 2, 2013 at 4:00 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you Cathy, glad to have you visiting. 🙂 Have a great week!

  7. MariaElena
    April 3, 2013 at 5:25 am (6 years ago)

    What an awesome idea! Very creative and it looks beautiful! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! Hugs, Maria

    • Jen
      April 3, 2013 at 9:32 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you Maria Elena, I just linked up to your party!

  8. Kathryn
    April 3, 2013 at 1:49 pm (6 years ago)

    I love this! It is so fun to finally see some Bluebonnets here. Found you on the Aloha hop and now following via fb, pinterest, and twitter. Would love follows back :).

  9. D@TheShadyPorch
    April 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm (6 years ago)

    I love this project! I don’t have the cool French seed packs but I think I could make regular ones work too! Thanks for the inspiration! I would love to have you share this at
    The Shady Porch! Blessings, D
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    • Jen
      April 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you D- I just stopped by and linked up. 🙂

  10. Holly
    April 5, 2013 at 3:38 pm (6 years ago)

    What a lovely tray. Found you through Blue Friday. Would love for you to stop by my blog and share this on Monday at the Creative Corner Blog Hop.
    Holly’s Stamping Addiction

    • Jen
      April 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Holly, I’ll plan to be there!

    • Jen
      April 5, 2013 at 11:46 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you Shauna! I just stopped by and linked up. 🙂

    • Jen
      April 6, 2013 at 9:02 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks so much Cindy! I hope you have a great weekend also. 🙂

    • Jen
      April 7, 2013 at 7:35 pm (6 years ago)

      That’s great, Marti! Happy I could help. 🙂

  11. Cindy
    April 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm (6 years ago)

    Such a great idea! Great transformation with all those pictures of beautiful blooms!
    Thanks so much for coming to the party… AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  12. carol
    April 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm (6 years ago)

    That is so adorable, Jen! If that doesn’t summon spring, I don’t know what will!

    • Jen
      April 7, 2013 at 10:33 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you for visiting, Melissa!

  13. Emily
    April 7, 2013 at 10:31 pm (6 years ago)

    What a great idea! The finished tray is lovely and you gave a great tutorial. Thanks for sharing your idea.
    I’m visiting over from Sandi’s Dwellings.

    The French Hutch

    • Jen
      April 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you Emily! Glad to have you as my guest. Your blog name makes me curious… I will have to come visit! 🙂

    • Jen
      April 8, 2013 at 2:01 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Nancy! That’s so sweet. 🙂

  14. mandy
    April 9, 2013 at 8:46 am (6 years ago)

    Wow, that is amazing, no no no AMAZING! i have to do this for my mom’s tray coz it’s just a sad looking plain old ikea tray, and she loves gardening so i think i can do all veggies on there! thank you sooooooo much for sharing this with us!!!
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    • Jen
      April 9, 2013 at 11:16 am (6 years ago)

      Thank you Mandy- that’s so sweet. 🙂 Good luck with your tray, I’m sure it will look beautiful and your mom will love it!

    • Jen
      April 16, 2013 at 11:41 pm (6 years ago)

      Thank you so much Amie!

  15. Beth
    April 27, 2013 at 9:00 pm (6 years ago)

    Stunning tray!!! Did you put anything over the decoupage to make it waterproof? I’ve never decoupaged and want to try my hand at it after seeing this. Thanks for any help.

    • Jen
      April 27, 2013 at 11:06 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Beth! I did add a few layers of Mod Podge over the top of the flower seed labels, letting it dry between coats. I would still be careful not to let it get too wet, just to be safe.

  16. Kim
    May 6, 2013 at 8:23 pm (6 years ago)

    I just found your blog through Project Inspired, I clicked on your sweet red chair and then this tray caught my eye (more red!) ~ I love this! I am totally hooked on your blog and now I have to follow you! 🙂
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    • Jen
      May 7, 2013 at 3:53 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks so much for your kind comments, Kim! You made my day. 🙂

  17. Jenna Michelle Pink
    June 11, 2015 at 3:25 am (4 years ago)

    Oh I love this. I have some old vintage gardening books upstairs that would look great I think. My new kitchen is going to be sort of country vintage themed… this would really go. Deffo going to give this a try thank you for sharing.

    I hope it is ok with you (i did check your featured post policy before featuring) but I have included a link to this tutorial in a blog post I have written showcasing inspiring floral craft ideas 🙂
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    • Jen
      June 11, 2015 at 3:21 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you so much! 🙂


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