Peek into my vintage re-purposed garden

Aug 14, 2008 by

As promised, I took advantage of the sun today and snapped a few photos of the vintage re-purposed garden vignettes in my home.  Finding new uses for vintage items is such a great way to add creative flair to your house, not to mention saving the environment.  Almost any vintage item can be re-purposed into a planter with a few rocks, activated charcoal, plastic lining, and creativity!

I always ask my guests to take off their shoes when they come into the house…and this planter is a great reminder to them!  I had a pair of vintage boots from a photo shoot that were just begging to be displayed..and voila!  One plastic liner tucked into the shoe later, you have a very unique re-purposed vintage planter that is perfect for your foyer.

Succulents are such great houseplants because of their will to grow in any environment.  If you have any vintage tin or can, they are perfect re-purposed planters for succulents, which require very little water, and therefore, will minimize any risk of rust in your antique tin.  This is part of my lil’ vintage tobacco vignette…those are antique tobacco tins, and all my antique pharmaceutical bottles are held in a vintage cigar box (when they were only .15 cents each!)

If you have any larger vintage food tins, they look darling as re-purposed planters for your kitchen herbs.  I grow my mint and verbana in this antique Campfire marshmallows tin with great success (like Borat..haha).  Make sure you place a half to one inch layer of pebbles on the bottom to allow for drainage (so the roots don’t rot), and you may also want to add a plastic liner to protect the tin from rust.

Being from California and having lived for many years in Hawaii, I feel really peaceful when surrounded by elements of the sea.  I took this large vintage shell I found at the Aloha flea market in Honolulu and turned it into a tropical planter.  Because shells naturally “breathe,” they make great planters for plants, especially tropical ones that like moisture.  Again, make sure you place a layer of pebbles on the bottom to allow for proper drainage.

What type of planters do you use in your home?  What are your ideas for re-purposing your vintage treasures into practical planters?  I’d love to hear about your inspirations or see pictures!

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  2. Duc

    My favorite is the Sea Shell. I really like the stand for it as well!

  3. Jon

    Wow – I have never seen, or even thought of what you have just created… Truly amazing.

  4. Hihi the shoes are great!!! I use mostly normal planters, but also empty tin boxes, old cigar boxes, and antique and vintage china.

  5. Amy

    All so beautiful, Grace… the nautilus is super charming!!… thanks for the great sneak peeks of your lovely abode!

  6. Grace

    Thank you so much for your kind words!! It was so fun to share these parts of my home with you.

    I’ll tell my plants (yes, if you talk to them they grow healthier…so the research at my house shows) about your lovely comments, and I’m sure they will sprout a new leaf or two!

  7. that second image is very nice. love the bottles!

    ‘designing your life’

  8. Grace

    Thanks ofifteen! I don’t think one could ever have too many antique bottles with interesting medications printed on them :)

  9. Amazing, I love your inspiring posts. I especially love the seashell. You make me inspired to think outside the box! Thank you! Suzy

  10. Grace

    Suzy, I am so flattered by your kindest words. Thank you so much!!

  11. Susan

    The re-purposed tobacco tin gets my vote. Its size, bright coloration, and subtle imagery are brought to life against the shiny green leaves of the succulent plant. When I feel the need to see something unique, I come again and again to Poetic Home.

  12. Really good way to create planters

  13. I think that is an interesting point, it made me think a bit. Thanks for sparking my thinking cap. Sometimes I get so much in a rut that I just feel like a record.

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