Mosaic Cookie Tin Planter

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When this season rolls around I often get a lot of Christmas cookie tins from friends, and I’m always looking for ways to turn them into DIY projects. I already used one for storing sewing supplies (and nothing says disappointment in a kid's face like opening up a cookie tin to find craft supplies, am I right?). So I came up with this lovely project to repurpose the tins into lovely mosaic succulent planters.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

I used a cookie tin, glass stones, a premixed sanded grout, and a putty knife.

Step 2: Place Stones Around Your Tin

I used a little dab of grout on the back of my stones and then stuck them onto the tin. If you use too much the stones will squish around and if you use too little they won’t stick at all. I've found that the right amount is just enough to cover the whole back of the stone in a ¼ inch thick layer of grout. If you’ve never used grout before don’t feel intimidated. This is the perfect project to get you started.

It's best to work from the bottom up, that way the stones won't slide down with gravity. I also did a little pattern, but you can just put the stones on randomly and that works well too.

*Important: Let it dry for at least 12 hours.

Step 3: Grout the Mosaic

To make sure the grout got into every crack, I spread it evenly across the tiles. This isn’t just for looks, having grout between your glass gems will keep them from getting knocked off. It doesn’t matter how messy you're going to get, because you can just wipe off any extra grout.

Next, I wiped off the excess grout with a damp cloth, getting as much off as I possibly could. This first wipe gets off as much extra grout as possible.

Then I wiped the mosaic again with a clean, damp cloth. This is more of a polish than a cleaning. Next I did a third sweep, making sure to pay attention to where and what I cleaned so that the stones were nice and clear.

Isn't it great way to upcycle those cookie tins leftover from Christmas? It has a wonderful Mediterranean flare and will also look beautiful in the summer time.

I might make another to use as candle holders! What do you think?

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Hallmark Home Holiday Round Nesting Tins (Set of 3), Red, Green, and Black...
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  • Sally Ann Perkins
    Sally Ann Perkins
    on Mar 17, 2018

    how about the little sea glass?i bought a bag of it and im gonna try it with sea glass!

    • Geeswonderland
      on May 18, 2018

      Seaglass would look pretty.. Show us if you decide to do it.. The sand in grout is a good idea too!!

  • Georgia
    on May 18, 2018

    Great idea! So pretty! One question--don't the tins rust from the water, pit, and then get ruined with the watering of the plants as well as being left outdoors???

    • Stevie Johnson
      Stevie Johnson
      on Jul 10, 2018

      If you want to keep it a long time, you could use tar or fiberglass the inside. Fiberglass likely better. Some plants don't seem to like tar, but I do have cactus that don't mind it. Either punch or drill holes in the bottom for drainage. Use a block of wood on the other side as you pound so you don't dent the bottom if you are pounding a nail or punch through it. Or, place a layer of gravel to hold excess water before you put the soil in. To keep the bottom of your pot from getting ruined by water that drains into whatever you place under the pot to catch excess water set to pot on anything that won't show & won't let it tip. Pieces of wooden shims work. Use the thick end & water sparingly so you eon't full up your drop catcher. If a plant needs more water, you can always take it to your sink or outdoors & really soak it occasionally, leaving it on your dish drainer or any other rack or screen type thing to drain well before returning it to the dtip catcher. Always best to water a little less than you think most plants would take, anyway. Overwatering kills more plants than underwatering.

  • Pam
    on Mar 6, 2019

    Shouldn't I drill some little holes in the bottom of the tin, to allow for drainage? If so and it's indoors, I could do the same thing o. The lid and put a single row of stones around. The can would sit in the top and serve to catch any drip water. Just not sure it would fit for the planter to sit inside of it.

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