Natural fiber home decor is all the rage right now. Baskets on walls, natural fiber planters… all the things. So, when deciding what to do with a large popcorn tin we’ve had for several years, my mind immediately went to a natural fiber planter. It would be a fantastic way to repurpose a popcorn tin and get a fun natural fiber planter in the process! Here’s my DIY Jute Planter from a repurposed popcorn tin!
Repurposed Popcorn Tin
We have been trying to do more with what we already have instead of going out and buying more… things. This can be super difficult when you want to update your decor but not impossible! Our son sells popcorn each year, and several years ago we purchased a large tin of popcorn with a winter scene on the outside. It was very much a Currier and Ives style tin, and in the winter months, it blended in well in our living room. However, in the spring, I don’t really want to have tranquil ice skaters on a frozen pond sitting around, and we don’t have enough storage for random tins in our closets.
So, I knew I needed to find a way to repurpose this popcorn tin into something more useable. I’d had my eye on a few basket planters on Amazon but hadn’t fully committed. What if the basket planter didn’t stand up properly? How could I get a basket planter look with more structure?
Natural Fiber Planter
My solution was to use what I already had, a large popcorn tin, with what I could easily get at our local hardware store. I was able to find a few packages of twisted sisal rope that was thick enough to give the look of a woven basket, but not so thick that it would be difficult to wrap around the tin. The twisted sisal rope can be used for all sorts of indoor and outdoor projects, so I knew if there was any leftover, that I could easily use it in the garden for bean teepees or tomato trellises.
Hot glue was the other necessary tool for this project. I have a low temp hot glue gun, and it was hot enough for this repurposed popcorn tin project. I did have to get the sisal rope on the tin pretty quickly since hot glue does cool down pretty quickly.
I also opted to add handles to this natural fiber planter, but they are purely decorative. I wouldn’t pick this planter up by the handles, or you’ll soon have a handle-less planter. I know this for sure because my oldest gardener attempted to carry the planter at one point. Ha!
Popcorn Tin Planter Supplies
Here’s what you’ll need:
Old Popcorn Tin (or any tin you’d like to make into a planter)
75ft. Twisted Sisal Rope (3/8in)
How to Make a Natural Fiber Planter
- Begin by making sure your tin is wiped clean of dust or residue. This makes a better working surface for the hot glue. Warm up the hot glue gun and open the sisal rope packaging. Begin at the bottom of the tin and glue the end of the sisal rope to the tin.
- Keeping the sisal rope tight to the bottom of the tin, wrap rope, gluing every 4-5 inches. Keep winding the sisal rope around, keeping the rope close to the previous loop. Just keep going!
- If you want the planter to have decorative (not functional) handles, cut 8 inch pieces of sisal rope and glue to each side of the tin along the top. Do this when you’re about 3/4 of the way up the tin.
- Continue looping and gluing around the tin, going over the handles that have been glued on. For the final loop, go behind the handles to create a more finished look.
- And that’s it! Your 20 minutes of gluing have paid off, and you have a new interior planter for a plant or to use as decorative piece!
For the holidays, I’ll keep fresh fir limbs in the planter along with pine cones and battery-operated lights. It’s a wonderful way to add some extra festive decor, without buying anything new from the store! After Christmas, our fiddleleaf fig will reside in this natural fiber planter. This planter won’t be filled with soil, instead, place a place already in a container inside the planter.
I’d love to know if you try this project, and what you’re planning to put inside! Have a great week and happy gardening!
- 1 tin
- 1 pkg twisted sisal rope
- glue sticks
- Hot glue gun
- Begin by warming up glue gun and wiping down tin to make sure it's free from dust.
- Place a dab of glue at the bottom of tin, and put the end of your sisal rope on the glue. Begin gluing sisal rope down every 4-5 inches.
- Continue wrapping the sisal rope around the tin, gluing as you go. Be sure to keep each loop of the rope tight, so the tin beneath doesn't show.
- 3/4 of the way up the tin, cut 2 8-inch lengths of rope. Glue these near the top of the tin for handles. Glue your sisal rope over these handle bases when you're high enough up on the tin.
- For the final loop, take your rope under the handles and glue the final piece just inside the tin. Allow a few minutes for all the glue to dry completely.
Handles are decorative only. They will not be strong enough to lift a plant inside the planter.