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DIY recycled planter – don’t throw rusty loaf tins away!

Wondering what to do with your rusty loaf tins? I hate throwing away old rusty baking tins when they reach the end of their baking life. But let’s face it no one wants rust on their cakes!!  This DIY recycled planter is inspired by the storage potential of the old rusty baking tins plus a love of reclaimed wood. It’s perfect for the kitchen making a great DIY herb planter:)

Do you have rusty cake tuins waiting to be upcycled? Transform them with this DIY House plant container. Follow the tutorial to upcycle the cake tins into plant pots #Herbplanter

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DIY Recycled Planter



Equipment needed:-

  • Sand paper
  • Drill
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Chalk Paint Pen


Prepare your baking tins. If they have any flaky rust sand this off. Thoroughly wash to ensure they are completely grease free, I suggest using sugar soap.

Spray the chalk paint over the outside of the baking tins. It is best to spray a light layer, allow this to dry and then spray with a second coat. The beauty of using Novasol Spray is the paint dry’s in fifteen minutes.

Prepare your piece of wood. Saw it to size. Sand to reduce the chance of splinters.

Apply a stain or wax to your wood. This will protect the wood and provide a longer lifespan for the tin shelf unit. Allow to dry. I used Ronseal wood stain satin teak –  the darker stain adds contrast to the white tins. Resand for a rustic look.

Mark on the back of your tins a straight line to use as a guideline. Drill two drill holes in the back of the tins along your pencil line. Use a drill piece suitable for wood and metal.

Measure the plank of wood and your tins. Place your tins in position ensuring they are at right angles to your plank of wood. Using a pencil mark through your drill holes into the wood. Predrill a small hole in the wood at the marked places. Screw the tins into place.

Drill two holes an inch down from the top of your plank of wood. Mark on the wall. Using a masonry drill piece drill two holes for your screws. Add raw plugs into the predrilled holes. Screw the plank of wood to the wall.

Label the tins with chalk paint stickers. Mark the tins with the contents of your shelves with a chalk paint pen, finally fill your tins and admire your handy work!

You DIY recycled planter can store anything you, not just plants!! How about as laundry/cleaning materials or packing supplies such as parcel tapes, string, scissors. I have to admit my herbs were rather quickly replaced by cacti!

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Love indoor houseplants? Check out my leather pot holders, or how about an upcycled Ferrero Roche box as a windowsill planter?



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Saturday 20th of May 2017

any ideas for rusty 9X13 cake pan?


Saturday 20th of May 2017

any ideas for a rusty 9X13 cake pan?

Jodie Butler

Friday 7th of April 2017

I like your idea. I love to try different things and recycle unused items but didn't know I can reuse the old baking tins. Thank you.


Thursday 6th of April 2017

What a clever idea! I love that the paint dries in 15 minutes, it's always great to be able to get on with a task without having to wait several hours between coats of paint. You end result is very effective and very thrifty! #bloggershomes


Thursday 6th of April 2017

I love this idea! It's exciting making use of items that you would usually just throw. Thanks for linking up to #BloggersHomes xx

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