Garden Junk: Tea and Toast on the Patio

My $5 Penn Air vintage electric toaster becomes a planter today in a vignette on my front patio.

This was a really neat old toaster and I had a small pang of guilt putting dirt inside but it only cost me $5.  That's cheaper than a flower pot!

The slots were extra wide in the centers, and the toaster had little metal doors that opened and closed inside to drop the toast into the bottom.  I forced the doors to stay closed.

Then cut strips of a coconut liner from the Dollar Tree to fit in the slots on top of the toaster's trap doors.

You can just barely see the coconut liner in the toaster slot.



I then packed dirt in the slots and planted with two types of Hens and Chicks.

I added a chrome teapot with a (newly transplanted, slightly wilted) Frosty Knight variegated alyssum, and a Blue Willow tea cup and saucer planted with Angelina sedum.





The vignette is centered on top of a vintage pie safe.  More to come on the front patio.
















27 comments:

  1. This is all way tooooo cute. Love it. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Oh I just love this toaster!
    Don't you just love the plant liner?
    I had a couple of hanging baskets with that stuff...the plants died and I was intending to replant...but the squirrels robbed me blind, for nesting materials.
    I should have snapped a photo...because really it was quite interesting to watch a pregnant squirrel get around so quickly, while thieving from my garden!

    I love these succulents!
    Pat

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  3. Your toaster planter idea is so clever! I love succulents. And your stamped spoon is adorable!

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  4. Dang! That's all so cute and clever!
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  5. That is so stinking cute! I'll have my toast with a little strawberry jam, please.

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  6. Way cute Carlene. I cannot have enough Angelina. I have it in about eight different places here.

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  7. I've seen a lot of container gardening, but this is the first using an old toaster. Very creative!
    Mary Alice

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  8. How cute!! Your mind thinks a lot like mine! Sorry bout that! LOL

    Judy

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  9. That is so cute! We still make toast with our vintage toaster...lol!!!

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  10. This is just pure whimsy, Carlene...and I LOVE it!

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  11. Wow! What a super idea! I think it looks really cool - very creative!

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C
    http://designsbystudioc.com

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  12. What a unique idea! I love hens and chicks. They look fantastic in your toaster.

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  13. Hi Carlene ... looks like you are ready for a tea party. Really cute idea.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  14. What do have in your microwave, I wonder... :)

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  15. Carlene, you are at it again. Putting plants where most people wouldn't even think of and then they say, "why didn't I think of that?" A really cute and original idea and I like the grouping together..Happy Mothers' Day..Judy

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  16. Hi! I'm your newest follower! I found you because Donna featured you on her site I Love that Junk (don't you just love Donna and Funky Junk Interiors?). Anyway, I'm going to have fun looking back on your previous posts.

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  17. Oh this is really cute Carlene...good job of thinking outside the "toaster"!

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  18. I saw that toaster in a previous post and could not imagine what you would do with it! Go clever! Enjoyed the whole vignette.
    Sunday Blessings,
    Dru

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  19. That is the 'funnest' vignette ever!! So creative! :)
    Susan

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  20. Your imagination is amazing! I would never have thought to put plants in that vintage toaster. That turned out great. Your planted tea and toast party is just so much fun. laurie

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  21. Less than a pot and so much more fun! The entire vignette just makes me smile. Love it!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  22. That looks beautiful. Truly!.. You are so incredibly creative!!

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  23. Cool old toaster!! I think you should call it a "Breakfast Garden". A vegetarian breakfast. :)

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