Mint Tin Turned Mini Garden

by Fern on April 1, 2012

in How To,Succulents and Cacti

Post image for Mint Tin Turned Mini Garden

If you’ve ordered a bunch of sempervivums from Arrowhead Alpines like I did, you need lots of things to do with all those little babies semps make. This was a totally fun and super easy little garden to make. I used a mint tin that I purchased at Trader Joe’s but if you’ve got an Altoid tin around, that would work just 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

Like all projects that involve converting some sort of “trash” into a container garden treasure, you need to poke some holes in the bottom. I 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.

I wanted the lid to my tin to stay open at a specific angle, so I squirted a little bit of glue from my hot glue gun into the hinges to hold them in place. You can skip this step if you’re not anal.

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

PrintFriendly and PDF

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Chongolio April 1, 2012 at 11:17 pm

What a minty fresh idea! That is so awesome!


Annie Haven | Authentic Haven Brand April 2, 2012 at 6:03 am

What a great Host gift idea or place setting for a Spring/Summer garden party Love It!


Daricia @aCLTgarden April 2, 2012 at 6:15 am

That is too cute! And, wouldn’t it be a nice way to give passalong plants?


Kylee from Our Little Acre April 2, 2012 at 6:29 am

“…if you’re not anal.” OMG, I just laughed so hard! And one of the things that made this so funny to me was that I totally understood. This is a great idea, Fern!


Rosebud April 2, 2012 at 8:58 am

I adore your site, devour Altoids (all the different flavors) and really enjoy sedums. This is a great idea since I always have a dozen or so empty tins around. Thank you, Fern, for being here for us all the time. Your ideas sparkle! Now, one question: how do I get over my obsession for Altoids?


Janette April 2, 2012 at 9:47 am

LOVE this idea!! I too am an altoid addict, sadly they changed the formula for the spearmint flavor. But I have about 100 tins that I can’t bear to pitch out!!! Any other ideas out there???


Debra Lee Baldwin April 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm

So simple, sweet and clever, Fern! Love it.


AbleApril April 23, 2012 at 9:04 am

A great project! You could suspend a whole row of them using a magnetic knife strip.


The Lovely Plants August 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm

Excellent idea. My Haworthias got their new tiny home.


Laura November 12, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Why do you need holes in the bottom? I just replanted a cactus in a medium-sized tin tea bag container and didn’t poke holes in the bottom. I thought it would be okay since I just spray it with water every now and then… should I reconsider?


Melanie Ellsworth December 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm

this is too cute! such a clever idea! I pinned it on pinterest for you. thanks for sharing!
Mel @ raisedurbangardens.com


Sarah July 16, 2013 at 1:26 pm

what a cute idea for a little altoid’s tin!! i love it.


Leave a Comment

{ 1 trackback }

Previous post:

Next post: