Thursday, 7 March 2013

Turn vintage tin boxes into cute upcycled planters

I recently bought a box lot of rusty old boxes at auction (without viewing - often a mistake!) and back home I was a bit disappointed. The boxes were all damaged, dirty and rusted, used for screws in someone's garage, and I put the whole lot in storage for the time being.
Then last week, as I was sifting through old stock looking for planters to sell at my Mother's Day shopping event, I remembered them.

I decided to have a better look now and as I opened the rusty boxes, the brightly coloured insides of the lids stared back at me and I smiled. Beautiful vintage advertising signs, well preserved in the dark while the rest of the tins changed colour.

I made small holes in the bottom for drainage, as well as through the lid and side so I could put a piece of string through to hold up the lid. Pansies and other bedding plants are now growing where once screws were kept.
Upcyling at its best.


  1. what a lovely idea, especially if you are a garden lover and live in an apartment :) it brights up your windows!

  2. What a great idea! I have some old lunch boxes... Hmm! :)

  3. What a great idea! I have some old lunch boxes... Hmm! :)

  4. Did you need to apply any sort of coating to the inside to prevent rusting from the inside out when watering plants? I have several of my grandparents tins and this would be a great up cycle.