There are times when I need to protect a valuable planter from water damage. One option is to paint or spray the inside with a clear polyacrylic. Another option is to line it with plastic. I’ll show you how I did just that.
I’ve had this antique cocoa tin for a long time. It’s worth a few dollars, so using it as a permanent planter is not an option for me. I have visitors coming soon, and want to set up a self serve coffee/cocoa bar for them. I think this tin will be the perfect decor for it. And even better with a succulent in the tin.
Below are the supplies I used. I didn’t drill a drainage hole in the tin, because I don’t want to damage it. Instead I decided to use a piece of plastic drop cloth to protect it. This is absolutely NOT a permanent planter for this succulent. I won’t let it sit in the tin for more than 2 weeks. I promise.
First I cut a piece of plastic and stuffed it down into the tin. Then I put a little activated charcoal in the bottom, since there aren’t any drainage holes. I probably won’t even water this succulent, but I like to play it safe. It wouldn’t be good if the cocoa bar was smelly.
Then I filled it with succulent soil, and tucked the plant in.
Next, I cut the plastic off along the rim of the tin, being careful not to cut the plant.
I put some damp moss on top to hide the plastic. I prefer wetting my moss before using it, because it’s easier to work with. No one is the wiser, and I’ve protected a valuable planter.
Planting in a cocoa tin got me craving for a cup of cocoa! Bottoms up!