Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Summer Pinterest Challenge: Tea Tin Planters

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I have done several Pinterest-inspired (pinspired) posts recently, but here’s a new one just in time for The Pinterest Challenge: Summer Edition!

The summer edition is brought to you by these lovely ladies:

Last summer I rescued these tea tins from the garbage when we were doing a purge at the cottage.

Here they are before I washed or did anything else with them.

Tea Tin Planters Before

I saw their potential but wasn’t quite sure how to incorporate them into our decor.

Then, I saw this pin from ffffound.com shared by Sarah of Cozy.Cottage.Cute (love this blog!) on Pinterest.

ffffound tea tins

Adorable, right?

I needed a bit more information on the soil mixture to use for planting succulents so I did a search for “tea tin planters” and came across this image from LifeHacker:


I couldn’t wait to make my own!

We bought two packages of Hens and Chicks from the garden center over the Canada Day weekend so I made sure to save a few for my future project.

With Mr. Mechanic’s guidance, I punched holes in the bottom of each tin for drainage. He suggested that I use a 2 x 2 inside the tin to keep it from caving in when I punched the holes.

Tea Tin Planters Holes For Drainage

From there, I filled each tin with a layer of rocks and then a mixture of sandy soil and potting soil. Fingers crossed that my chicks like this soil as much as the annuals in my planters!

FYI, I did not end up using the cylinder shaped tin because I think it needs a bigger plant or perhaps one that trails.

Not only were these incredibly easy to make, they were so much fun to photograph!

Tea Tin Planters After 1

Tea Tin Planters After 2

The yellow tin is my favourite – it is the most aged and rusted of the 4 tins.

Tea Tin Planters After 3

Tea Tin Planters After 4

Tea Tin Planters After 5

Tea Tin Planters After 6

Tea Tin Planters After 7

Tea Tin Planters Before

Tea Tins After Image

And here’s a little sneak preview of another Pinspired project that I completed on the weekend!

Tea Tin Planters small zoom

I know, I didn’t put my own twist on the concept, but there really wasn’t much to improve upon!

I’ve been on a quest to add some fun planters to our house, either indoors or outdoors, and I absolutely accomplished that with this quick project.  My other succulent is now in great company!

Did you participate in the Pinterest Challenge?  Feel free to leave a link in the comments so that I can check out what you created!

Happy Tuesday!

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P.S. Check out my Winter Edition contribution here!  It’s still one of my favourite pieces in the kitchen.

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  1. I've seen these and I love them. Yours turned out great!

  2. Great use of these tins! How wonderful that you were able to rescue them! Sounds like you had a busy weekend. Can't wait to see your next project!

  3. Your tea tins are perfect! I love the pops of color. Just darling.
    I am your newest follower. Have a great day!
    - Hope :o)

  4. I haven't seen these, but I really like yours Claire. Love the pop of colors in the tins. Bet the look will only get better in time as you water the plants and the tin ages. Thanks for stopping by my blog a few days ago, and hope you are having a great day!

  5. Hi Claire,

    I love these, they are totally something I would make, I'm a tea lover :-)

    Very fun!

  6. Adorable! Really cute idea. I'm a big fan of fun, whimsical planters. I'll be interested in learn how they (and the plants in them) hold up, especially if you end of keeping them outside.

  7. Now I NEED some of those tea tins! Great job- and good tip about using a wood block to hold the tins up while drilling into them!

    Erin @ The Great Indoors

  8. I LOVE the teeny little blue tin - it's adorable!

  9. So cute!! I love that they are tea tins. It's just extra special for me as a tea drinker.

  10. Absolutely adorable!! I love the colors of yours. Such a great idea ... now where to find tea tins on this here island??? :)

  11. This turned out so cute! Love it!

  12. Those are just "Darjeeling." Sorry, I couldn't resist. The succulents just seemed made for these tins! These are great. Pinning this!

  13. omg I love this idea! I don't buy tea in a tin so I am going to have to steal some from my parents to do this! Thanks for sharing!

  14. Super cute! I've seen them on pinterest but don't have any tea tins... will have to find some =) xo caroline

  15. Oh my gosh I'm in love! If only I had tea tins at my disposal!

  16. The tins and the succulents are perfect together! I would've never thought to do that.


  17. Great idea. I love it when Pinterest ideas really work. Thanks for sharing.

  18. super idea for herbs!
    I found you on Live.Laugh.Rowe's linky party. I linked in bacon and scrambled egg rolls. Have a super week.

  19. These are just adorable! thanks for stopping by earlier. I love how yours turned out :)

  20. These tea tins are awesome! I really like this idea... showcases a love of tea and they are a cool look!

  21. They look fantastic great job I just love those retro tins. Thats what I love about succulents they dont need a big pot to grow in so you can put them in all sorts of things .. Iv just planted some out in an old toilet roll holder. It looks better than it sounds and they are still growing! Heres the link if you'd like to take a look :)

  22. Hi Claire, I thought I'd mention that I was talking to my brother & sis-in-law last night and they said they found your site through a link on my blog and they loved this project! They are now thinking about doing the same only using herbs instead of succulents!
    Have a great day!

  23. These are just too cute Claire! I love succulents - one of the few plants that I can keep alive! Thanks for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I'll be sharing this on my Facebook page.
    Jenn :)

  24. Love this and love your site. Just wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for the Leibster Award...


    I look forward to following you!


  25. I'm in love with this idea! SO pretty and simple!

    I'm sharing on pinterest and google+!

  26. Hi there, I've got some tea tins and thinking of using them for doing something similar with herbs, but I was just wondering whether you think the tins will go rusty?? Thanks!


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