How to Craft a Cute Mosaic Cookie Tin Planter For Succulents

Shawna Bailey
by Shawna Bailey
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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.

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Supplies needed for the DIY project

Step 1: Gather Supplies

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

Placing the stones around the tin

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.

Sticking the stones to the tin with grout

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.

How to make a mosaic tin planter

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

Grouting the mosaic

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.

Wiping off the excess 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.

Wiping the mosaic with a clean, damp cloth

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.

DIY mosaic planter

DIY mosaic planter

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.

Glass gem mosaic planter

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

Suggested materials:
  • Sanded Grout   (Amazon)
  • Glass Gems   (Amazon)
  • Cookie tin   (Amazon (if you don't get any from neighbors))
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  • Georgia 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???

  • Pam Pam on Mar 06, 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.

  • Kelly Cason Kelly Cason on Oct 23, 2022

    This is so pretty!

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