Garden Junk: Tea and Toast on the Patio

May 10, 2013
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.

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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

  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!

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    Cher @ Designs by Studio C

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

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

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

  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

  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.

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

  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,

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

  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

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

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

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


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