Turn vintage tin boxes into cute upcycled planters

I recently bought a box lot of rusty old boxes at auction (without viewing – often a mistake!) and back home I was a bit disappointed. The boxes were all damaged, dirty and rusted, used for screws in someone’s garage, and I put the whole lot in storage for the time being.
Then last week, as I was sifting through old stock looking for planters to sell at my Mother’s Day shopping event, I remembered them.

I decided to have a better look now and as I opened the rusty boxes, the brightly coloured insides of the lids stared back at me and I smiled. Beautiful vintage advertising signs, well preserved in the dark while the rest of the tins changed colour.

I made small holes in the bottom for drainage, as well as through the lid and side so I could put a piece of string through to hold up the lid. Pansies and other bedding plants are now growing where once screws were kept.
Upcyling at its best.

5 thoughts on “Turn vintage tin boxes into cute upcycled planters

  1. Did you need to apply any sort of coating to the inside to prevent rusting from the inside out when watering plants? I have several of my grandparents tins and this would be a great up cycle.

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