Ready, Type, Grow!

Jan 13, 2009 by

Although it hurts my heart, some vintage typewriters I find are simply beyond repair.  Neglected, damaged, and utterly rusted, these poor typewriters can no longer pen love letters, but they can be repurposed into unique planters.


Spotted at the Wild Side West Saloon, blinkwhenpassing found a treasure trove of succulents amidst what appears to be an antique Underwood.


You don’t need a double-decker vintage typewriter to create a fantastic planter.  Zen‘s Corona is the perfect home for succulents.


This was an “archelogical” discovery made by ghb624, who took this photo at a storm drain channel; it appears that Royal typewriters and nature live together in harmony.


If only all vintage typewriters were in immaculate condition, then we would simply turn Rico Thunder‘s concrete-cast typewriters into planters.

What’s your vote on turning non-functional typewriters into planters?  I’m on the fence with this one, although the repurposing side of me says “grow baby grow!”

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  1. if all hope is lost, the top two look cool. i do have a tendency to paint things white and might also spray paint them.

  2. Gut feeling is that even if the typewriter as a whole is unusable, there’s still a lot of salvageable parts within. Of course, many of these were made by the millions, so the loss of one or more to a planter is probably no great shakes. The storm-drain Royal makes me think of coral reefs growing up over the skeletons of old sunken ships. Nature will upcycle us all in the end.

  3. I love that one with the succulents! It’s so beautiful.

  4. Fantastic idea – and they look so neat too!

  5. i love these pictures!i bought an old typewriter and it actually works! but wonderful ideas…
    hey grace, you must check out my blog and how i used the vintage alphabet blocks i bought from you :)

  6. Oh LOVE this – think I may have to steal to post on my blog!

  7. Thanks for sharing this helpful info!

  8. That was interesting . I love your style that you put into your work. Please do move forward with more like this.

  9. but now the a key works wonderfully, and the y key sticks : yy

    it’s still nice though.

  10. there’s still a lot of salvageable parts within. Of course, many of these were made by the millions

  11. Its really very good information. Thanks for sharing this info.


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