Succulent Planter

This weekend I was at a garage sale and found an old tin lunch box, maybe 1950’s era. I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do with it but I bought it anyways. While I was at Lowes today I was walking through the outdoor section and found these beautiful succulents. Ding! I had an idea to use the lunch box as a planter.

These were the ones that I picked because I loved the color and shapes. I wanted to have a variety of high and low…

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Here is the lunch tin…

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Steps to Follow:

  1. You will need to get some pea gravel or small rocks to layer on the bottom. Succulents HATE when their roots sit in water and without this tin having drainage it was very important to add a good amount of gravel.
  2. Add potting soil about to make it about 1/3 full.
  3. Play around with the plants and see where you want to plant them. I found that starting with the bigger was easier and then I went back to add the smaller ones.
  4. Finish with more potting soil so what all the succulents are packed tight.
  5. Water and set somewhere that has plenty of sunlight.

As you can see from my plant photos I purchased one to many so I have find somewhere else for that little guy to go! I just love the little white fuzzy balls.

Finished product…

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DIY Window Medicine Cabinet

Have a bunch of old windows laying around like I do? This tutorial will show you how to easily make a cabinet using an old window! It was one of the finishing touched for our newly remodeled bathroom.

Here is what you need:

  • a window (the one I used was a 6 pane)
  • hinges
  • multiple sized screws and drill
  • a nail gun
  • wood glue
  • level surface
  • lumber ( the sizes you get will depend on how big your window is and how deep you want to make it)
  • knob
  • stain and paint

Steps:

  1. You will want to first make the frame for the cabinet. We used 1×6’s and measured to fit the outside of the window so it would close tightly. You essentially are making a box. Use the wood glue to join two pieces together and then using the nail gun nail into place. Let dry for the recommended time. I waited a few days because we were got busy with other things.
  2. Attach the window using the hinges. I would suggested using two, one on the top and bottom.
  3. You will then measure your box to cut the wood for the shelves. Keep in mind that if your window sits deeper you will need to make the width of your shelf smaller so it can open and close properly. We added two shelves using a 1×3.
  4. Once the frame, door, and shelves are attached you will want to add the back. If you have a table saw you would want to get a piece of plywood and measure and cut to fit the back so it is all one piece. If you are like me and do not have a table saw you will want to search your scrape wood stock pile and piece together boards until they fit the back. we screwed these in because we wanted the extra support for when it would get hung.
  5. Now you should have a window cabinet! We wanted ours to look old and distressed so I used a stain all over the new wood, let it dry, and then white washed everything.
  6. To hang it on your wall you can do whatever you would like. We just used 2 inch screws and inserted them right into the wall.

Here is the finished product!

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I need to get some more things to add to my cabinet.