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September 11th, 2013

Upcycled Copper planters {DIY}

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Plant-heavy week over here on JB est 1979? Perhaps, but let us not forget that this is the jungalow–and in the jungalow flora is queen.

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So, remember when I got back from Copenhagen and I had copper on the brain? Well, it’s still lingering and I’m finding that it’s beginning to rival even brass when it comes to my major metallic crushes. Yesterday while out shopping for a big project I got going on where copper is a major player, I came across this collection of copper canisters, and instantaneously thought to myself–planters! (And if you’ve taken my interior styling class, then you know how I feel about the combo of botanicals and bling, right?!?)
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A super-easy DIY, I simply drilled three holes into the bottom of each canister for drainage, added the proper soil and gave the copper pots some succulent love.

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Done and done. Easy as pie. Actually way easier than pie. Like easy as breakfast cereal. Or easy as an apple with peanut butter or something.

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Here are some resources for affordable copper canisters so you can make your own affordable copper planters: 1. /2. /3 /
Oh and since I hate for things to got to waste, stay tuned for what I turn the canister lids into!! Yep. That got your brains churning now didn’t it.

26 Responses to Upcycled Copper planters {DIY}
  1. What a brilliant idea. The green foliage set against the copper is simply stunning!

  2. rachel says:

    damn if i didn’t just impulse buy that first set of canisters.

  3. will be keeping my eyes open for sure, I love metallic bling, room jewelry :)

  4. I was totally wondering what would become of the lids. ;)

  5. Stef says:

    Great – I love the different sizes in the set. I’ve also made a couple of great planters out of old ice buckets – no holes in the bottom, but put an inner pot with holes inside, and a space between the inner and outer for excess water to sit in the bottom. Ice buckets with handles let you hang them up, too!

  6. Marlene says:

    These are fabulous! Copper looks so so great with greens. You got me shopping on Etsy for my own set. :)

  7. Rachel says:

    Those look really cool!

    Not to burst your bubble, but I wanted to use some copper containers as planters, so I did a bit of googling about it and came away with the idea that it would be best to coat or seal the interior of the pot, otherwise the copper could be toxic to the plants (see http://forums2.gardenweb.com/forums/load/contain/msg0716250811942.html). Do you think that’s a valid concern? How long have you had these, and if it’s been awhile, are the plants doing ok?

    • Justina Blakeney says:

      hmmm…that’s interesting. These pots that I have are actually copper-colored aluminum, so I’m not sure that it’s the same thing. valid concern though! Thanks for checking on that. let me/us know if you learn more!

    • shannon says:

      Hello,
      Copper is one of my favorite metals and colors and your planters look lovely. Sadly, Rachel is right. Here’s another article that explains why it’s harmful to plants in nerdy terms. http://www.fs.fed.us/rm/pubs/rmrs_p028/rmrs_p028_076_078.pdf
      However, you planted succulents in there which is probably the best choice. It seems that copper is really only a problem when water is involved and since you only water succulents a little and infrequently, you should be ok. At least for a while. So, no worries. Another idea would be to get some cheap terra cotta pots and spray paint them with a copper colored paint on the outside of the planter. Leave the inside bare. Hope that helps!

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  9. Tonia says:

    I always pass up old copper canisters at the thrift not realizing that I could clean them up and use them for planters, most times they are missing the lids.

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  19. DB says:

    Gorgeous!

    But, a cautionary tale – don’t use copper with orchids – they can only tolerate minute amounts of copper, and then they die… :(

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