I guess you would call this up-cycling. It's an idea I'd seen all over pinterest, using old tins as planters, they look great so I thought I'd have a go. I've made mistakes so you don't have to, read on for my cautionary tale...
I actually started with this "vintage" OXO tin. I say "vintage" like that because really it's just a bit old and I'm not sure if it properly qualifies as vinatge. It was a freebie from OXO back in the 80's and was one of the things I kept when sorting out all my mums things. It's kind of cute but very "of it's time" - apparently only white people used OXO cubes in the 80's and am I the only one thinking that guy on the far right looks a bit like Hitler (ooo, far right ... spooky)
At first I imagined fresh herbs on my kitchen window sill - how lovely that would be. Turns out herbs are quite a lot of work!
- they get big quickly
- they get straggly looking quickly, unless you use them all the time in everything you cook
- a lot of them are annuals and die off in the autumn
I moved to more of an "any easy to grow" plant theme.
- make sure your tin is sealed or waterproof and line it if it's not
- herbs are lovely but not super easy to look after
- consider putting regular plant pots inside your nice tins rather than planting directly into them
- watch out for rusty bottoms!
In the other tins I've settled on a mixture of artificial plants and putting a plastic lining to the tin, with the plant still in it's plastic plant pot. I've not planted directly into any of them.
And finally, just because she is rather lovely, here is the cow milk jug that sits on the windowsill with our kitchen tin planters.