When this season rolls around I often get a lot of Christmas cookie tins from friends, and I’m always looking for ways to turn them into DIY projects. I already used one for storing sewing supplies (and nothing says disappointment in a kid’s face like opening up a cookie tin to find craft supplies, am I right?). So I came up with this lovely project to repurpose the tins into lovely mosaic succulent planters. Step 1: Gather Supplies

I used a cookie tin, glass stones, a premixed sanded grout, and a putty knife. Step 2: Place Stones Around Your Tin

I used a little dab of grout on the back of my stones and then stuck them onto the tin. If you use too much the stones will squish around and if you use too little they won’t stick at all. I’ve found that the right amount is just enough to cover the whole back of the stone in a ¼ inch thick layer of grout. If you’ve never used grout before don’t feel intimidated. This is the perfect project to get you started.

It’s best to work from the bottom up, that way the stones won’t slide down with gravity. I also did a little pattern, but you can just put the stones on randomly and that works well too.

*Important: Let it dry for at least 12 hours. Step 3: Grout the Mosaic

To make sure the grout got into every crack, I spread it evenly across the tiles. This isn’t just for looks, having grout between your glass gems will keep them from getting knocked off. It doesn’t matter how messy you’re going to get, because you can just wipe off any extra grout.

Next, I wiped off the excess grout with a damp cloth, getting as much off as I possibly could. This first wipe gets off as much extra grout as possible.

Then I wiped the mosaic again with a clean, damp cloth. This is more of a polish than a cleaning. Next I did a third sweep, making sure to pay attention to where and what I cleaned so that the stones were nice and clear.

Isn’t it great way to upcycle those cookie tins leftover from Christmas? It has a wonderful Mediterranean flare and will also look beautiful in the summer time.

I might make another to use as candle holders! What do you think?