Disclosure: ProWorld provided materials that I used in this project. All opinions expressed within are my own.
About 10 years ago, my grandmother gave me a metal box with some trinkets inside. I am a sentimental person, and I really loved this box…for the most part.
The box is a wonderful heavy metal with a locking mechanism. However, it unfortunately was a shade of pink somewhere between flesh and puke. I really wish I was kidding.
For the past decade this box has been in my closet gathering dust. As I started to get more intrigued with seed saving, I began to re-envision the pink box. It seemed to be the right size to store an abundance of seeds. Perfect for an upcycle!
I first gave the box several coats of spray with some chalkboard spray paint. I thought the matte finish would make it look old, but it also would allow for me to take notes on the inside of my box.
I then added a label which I painted on using a stencil I made with my Silhouette CAMEO and some FTC Matte Removable Vinyl from ProWorld. I prepped the box by rubbing and blending chalk – now it is ready for use!
I then used a small paint scraper and added some wear. Ironically, the putrid pink of the original metal looks beautiful as part of wear on the black box. Perspective changes everything, I guess!
The box stores a ton of seeds. There are probably 70 or so seed packets in here as well as a mason jar with my family’s heirloom basil seeds saved from last year’s harvest. Also, have you read The Heirloom Life Gardener yet? I am 100% obsessed with this book and Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company!
A box I once hated I now love – it is something I am now proud to display in my home!
Do you save seeds? How do you store seeds from year to year?