Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tea Tin Flower Boxes

Crafting in my kitchen...
I think these cute little "up-cycled" Tea Tin Flower Boxes will make great little accent flowers on a kitchen window sill, in a bathroom or on an accent table or shelf. They will make a perfect gift for the tea lovers on my Christmas lists this year! 

Pomegranate Oolong

Making these little flower boxes took me on a little trip down memory lane.  The tea tins are from when I worked in a coffee shop...

I have had an wide array of diverse jobs in my lifetime, and they have all helped me to learn and experience many different things in my lifetime and shaped me in to who I am today.  My first job when I was sixteen was at a lapidary store called the Rock Shop/Jewelry box.  I was recommended by my Art teacher at school and it not only taught me about different rocks and stones but I learned about people too.  I also worked as a sales associate for Zales Jewelers, an assembly worker at General Motors, a bookkeeper for a Beaumont Hospital Clinic, a preschool teacher at the Kids Klub, and Wee Discover Day Care, a church secretary for Grace Church, a server at a senior living facility called Independence Village, a barista/store manager for Biggby Coffee, a secretary at a Chiropractic/Holistic doctors office, and a hall monitor for the Walled Lake School District.  I also had my own business called the Country Cupboard and traveled around the craft show circuit selling my wares.  But my most important job has always being a good wife and mother.  At the moment I am in what I am calling semi-retirement (at least until another interesting opportunity comes my way), and I am enjoying my time hanging with friends, cooking, crafting, and blogging.  I am one of those people that are good at many things but a master of none, hahaha!  I never really did figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up can you tell!  
I started thinking about all of my different jobs today because the project I decided to work on reminded me of my Barista days at Biggby Coffee. Working at the coffee shop was great, I love people, and I love coffee, I just didn't love getting up at 5 in the morning to brew it (I kinda felt like the Dunkin Donuts guy in that old commercial ... time to make the donuts, but instead I rolled out of my bed saying... time to make the coffee!)  

I found a bunch of tea tins in my garage that my Barista's started saving for me (thanks Catie and Gina) because I just knew someday I could make something out of them, and today is the day!  I cleaned and crafted several of these tins into cute little flower boxes!  I love to "upcycle" stuff that would normally go right into a landfill!  These tins are from Harney and Son's Fine Tea tin's and I think they made adorable containers for my flowers.  

If you are a tea drinker and have not tried Harney & Son's Tea you must, they are delicious!  My favorite tea is Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea, and if you ever visit a Biggby Coffee make sure to try one out. They can also make a Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea Latte that is to die for and if you visit the Biggby in Waterford Michigan on M-59 and Airport Road, make sure to tell the managers Brandon & Lauren that Sandy sent you!!!



I washed and dried the tea tins


I cut my foam into thirds and placed in tins


I hot glued the foam to the bottom of the tin to secure


I wired small bouquets of flowers together that coordinated with each tin



I added decorative moss to the tin around the foam and hot glued the 
flower bouquets into a hole I had made in the foam with a kitchen knife

If you are feeling creative why not try making something new out of something old and help save our planet!  If you are interested in purchasing one of these cute flower boxes (I have many different colors) for yourself or someone on your gift list this year, just click on the tab at the top of my page for my Etsy store TheBlueSpottedOwl.


 Hot cinnamon spice

English Breakfast

Chinese Flower

Pan Asia

African Autumn

Mutan White

Remember, one man's trash... is another man's treasure!  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Happy Crafting!
Sandy