“Good to the last drop” … Maxwell House. Creative ways to recycle and re-use coffee cans.
Some of us have been around long enough to still hear the jingle when we read that! I purchased three vintage coffee tins on eBay last week for a total of $15.00.00 and filled them with succulent cuttings from my garden creating the perfect potted plant for my kitchen. Coffee companies in the 1800′s created festive and unique tins to market fresh coffee beans and by the 1900′s with vacuum tins and multiple color capability the coffee cans increased in sales with the new and more colorful designs. Vintage tins are highly sought after and can be found at antique stores, thrift stores, estate sales and where I got mine (eBay). To avoid altering the tins with holes on the bottom a good idea for planting is to add a base of horticulture charcoal to absorb excess moisture and prevent rusting, then plant the succulents in cactus mix. Succulents grow well when planted closely together and of course the best part is that they only need a small amount of water once a week.
* Old Planters cocktail peanuts cans look great too. For planting herbs or other house plants be sure to use a nail and hammer holes on the bottom of the tin for drainage.
There you have it… a great vintage look with a mixture of something old and something new.
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