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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
Time: 1 Days Cost: $3 Difficulty: Easy
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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  • Cyndi Neumann
    Cyndi Neumann
    on Dec 14, 2016

    I am in love with this idea! And, Ihave the marbles , grout and cookie tins. SO, I am ready to start when time permits! I have been looking for mosiac projects!

    • Haysha S.
      Haysha S. Cedarhurst, NY
      on Dec 14, 2016

      Awesome! Can't wait to see how it comes out!!

  • Eve
    Eve Gulfport, MS
    on Dec 14, 2016

    I love this idea. I've glued the flat marbles to things before but never thought to grout. I just broke my vintage jadeite bowl and couldn't part with the pieces. I wonder if I could use those. A jadeite planter would be so pretty. Thanks for idea.

    • Bev
      Bev Leavenworth, KS
      on Oct 14, 2017

      I love jadeite.... please send pictures if you decide to use the pieces, I think it would look fantastic!

  • Sreedevi
    Sreedevi India
    on Dec 28, 2016

    Fantastic idea. I'm going to try this!!

  • Sandra Crosbie
    Sandra Crosbie Ireland
    on Dec 28, 2016

    That really happyfiys a boring cookie tin.

  • Marj MRC Creations
    Marj MRC Creations Canada
    on Dec 28, 2016

    What a lovely idea for reusing those cookie tins!

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