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Easy DIY Vintage Tin Planter – Using a Smith Brothers Cough Drop Tin

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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


Easy DIY Vintage Tin Planter - Using a Smith Brothers Cough Drop Tin

Easy DIY Vintage Tin Planter - Using a Smith Brothers Cough Drop Tin

This is a quick, easy and fun project. Use a vintage advertising tin as a planter for your home decor!

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Zero


  • 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


  1. Gather all of the necessary materials.
  2. Open or remove the lid if it is unattached.
  3. Begin adding styrofoam or florist foam inside the container. Pack it slightly tight.
  4. Start adding greenery stems to the foam. Begin in the middle and work your way around.
  5. Take a step back and see where you might need to fill in extra greenery.
  6. Admire the beauty you have just created.
  7. Proudly display your vintage tin planter in your beautiful home!
Isn’t this beautiful? It takes just a few minutes to create this pretty and unique vintage tin planter.

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. 

Don’t forget to Pin this to your favorite Pinterest Board!

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  1. What a beautiful idea. I am thinking of doing this with a cookie tin instead. This way I get to eat the cookies too. Thanks for the idea.

  2. Love, love, love this fabulous idea and all those ways to welcome spring! They are so beautiful. I’m crazy proud of you for taking care of yourself and getting diagnosed. PTSD is not an easy thing to live with and neither is anxiety. You’re my hero!

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