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Easy DIY Vintage Tin Planter Using a Smith Brothers Cough Drop Tin
Today I’m sharing another fun DIY project. It is an easy DIY vintage tin planter using a Smith Brothers cough drop tin.
Can I just stop and share something personal with you right now? Ever since Honey Bee’s scary heart episode, I have had a very hard time focusing. For the first time in my life I have experienced anxiety. In truth, I have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress. It has been hard to work, because I also felt like I lost the piece of me that housed my creativity. This past week I feel like I have had a breakthrough of sorts. My creative spark is back and it feels wonderful to work on projects that I love so much.
Today’s idea came to me as soon as I saw this beautiful vintage cough drop tin. Just saying the words “cough drop” and “beautiful” together sounds funny. The gorgeous blue and white graphics tugged at my heartstrings when I spotted the tin in a local antique shop, The Market Collective. Inexplicably I was drawn to it like a magnet and knew that I had to purchase it.
Just look at the intricate detail and design of this lovely tin. Sadly, most advertising and marketing graphics pale in comparison in today’s market.
After doing a quick internet search, I discovered that most Smith Bros. tins are round. Personally I prefer this rectangular shape. Immediately I knew that I wanted to use it as a planter. This is a super easy and quick project.
Here’s How you do it
- Vintage Advertising tin or other vessel
- Faux greenery stems that look as real as possible
- Styrofoam to hold the greenery stems - I purchased a foam wreath form from the Dollar Tree
- Scissors - if you need to cut your stems
- Gather all of the necessary materials.
- Open or remove the lid if it is unattached.
- Begin adding styrofoam or florist foam inside the container. Pack it slightly tight.
- Start adding greenery stems to the foam. Begin in the middle and work your way around.
- Take a step back and see where you might need to fill in extra greenery.
- Admire the beauty you have just created.
- Proudly display your vintage tin planter in your beautiful home!
Prettier still, display it on top of antique blue books!
Authentic looking greenery is key for making a planter. My piece of greenery was leftover from this Spring Wreath project.
Bonus points – I can use the lid for another decor project.
Are you ready for Spring? This is a great way to slowly introduce Spring decor in your own home.