Mint Tin Turned Into A Mini Garden

DIY Gardening

Create a mini garden in a mint tin or altoid tin. It’s super fun and can be a perfect coffee table centerpiece!

This is a totally fun and super easy little garden to make. We used the mint tin for this project, but if you’ve got an Altoid tin or a similar metal box like that around, that will work fine as well.

What You’ll Need:

  • 6-10 small sempervivum “chicks”
  • Metal breath mint tin
  • Awl or nail
  • Hammer
  • Glue gun (optional)
  • Approximately 1/2 cup of cactus potting mix

Step 1

Like all projects that involve converting some sort of “trash” into a container garden treasure, you need to poke some holes in the bottom. We used an awl and hammer, but if you don’t have a hammer, a nail will do the trick. If you have a small piece of scrap wood handy, put it inside the tin and hammer the holes from the outside. The wood will help support the tin and prevent it from crunching inwards when you make the holes. If you don’t have any scrap wood, it will probably be fine, just try and hit the awl firmly and hard so that you don’t have to keep on hitting it over and over again.

Step 2

If you want the lid of the tin to stay open at a specific angle, squirt a little bit of glue from the hot glue gun into the hinges to hold them in place.

Step 3

Next, fill the bottom of the tin completely with the cactus potting mix. Then take your sempervivum cuttings and arrange them the whatever way you like inside the tin. In a few weeks, your semps will have grown roots and hold themselves firmly in place.

This can be a great tabletop centerpiece or gift it to someone special!