by Tammy Taylor~
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Recently I was chatting with a friend about those little red plastic coffee containers. I love them and use them often for storing various things when we’ve consumed all the coffee from them. I use them to store short-term quantities of chicken feed, for my gardening things, as a compost container to collect items destined for the *compost tumbler, etc. But after a while you’re run out of things to do with them. I sadly told RancherMan to just go ahead and start putting them in the recycling bin, there was no other use I needed them for. But in chatting with a friend she said she uses them for pots on her porch. Humm….
I pulled that plastic coffee can out of the recycling bin and gave it a once over. Maybe I can do something with this. I have some chocolate mint given to me by a friend and I’m looking for something to plant it in. I have some hammered copper Rustoleum leftover from painting our claw-foot tub feet and I love that color – let’s see if it helps make that bright red plastic container presentable enough to place on our patio.
First I lightly sanded the plastic to give it a rough exterior to accept the paint. Then I placed the empty coffee can upside down on a hotwire post I had pushed into the ground and gave it a light coat of paint. I didn’t worry with painting the bottom of the can but I did spray a little into the inside rim since I figure that may be visible. I lightly sprayed a couple more coats to cover the red color completely.
Then I took the painted can inside and punched some drainage holes in the bottom. When it was time to plant my mint I lined the bottom with a bit of spent hay to help with drainage (you know, use what cha got!) and plopped in the mint plant, freshly dug up from the front flower beds into my new planting container. I used the black top of the coffee can to set the planter on so moisture wouldn’t ruin the barnwood table RancherMan made for me, and I stood back to take a look…
I like it. And I think it will serve perfectly here. It will also be a prettier transportation vessel when sharing plants with friends. I love it, and I love that it makes a use out of something that was just going to be thrown away into something that would previously have to be purchased.
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