Vintage Soda Crate Planter

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Remember how it was when you were a kid and the simplest things made you thrilled beyond belief?

Like the invitation to your friend’s slumber party?

Or the giant tube of lip gloss you received for your 8th birthday?  (Of course, you brought it to school the next day and that mean girl with the pierced ears stole it and then lied about it.  And since it was necessary for your family to be frugal, your lip gloss wasn’t replaced.  And you secretly hoped that the mean girl would come to school with a raging rash from using your stolen birthday gloss.  Of course, she never did.)

I’ve been scouring the antique shops for the better part of a year looking for a vintage soda pop crate.  I wanted one that was in decent condition and wasn’t wildly expensive.  I’ve seen many crates over the months but none of them seemed to be “the one.”  Well, last week lady luck shined down on me and I discovered the perfect soda crate (that was meant to join our family.)  To be honest, it’s just an old piece of wood but for some reason I’m unusually excited about this acquisition.


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It was originally a crate for Coca-Cola and the inside was divided into sections to separate the pop bottles.  Some of the wood pieces had been removed to create a few bigger areas.  (I wonder what the previous owner used it for.)


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So my dream of having my own vintage soda pop crate was to fill the individual sections with succulents.  (Yes, some dream of money, power, love or fame.  Apparently, I dream of plants.)  I bought the mini pots from Home Depot.  Last year, the succulent selection was pretty sparse but since they are so trendy right now, the store ended up having a wonderful selection.

After my succulent gathering was complete, I headed off to Hobby Lobby and happily discovered that all their floral stems were 50% off.  I picked up four “faux” succulent stems and mixed them in with the real plants.  Because I’m not a horticulturalist, I think they blend in nicely.  (What do you think?)


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I can’t tell you how much I’m loving my new vintage soda pop crate and succulent combo.  (It’s even better than lip gloss!)

And for you concerned souls, I did forgive the girl for taking my birthday gift.  She was actually my school friend,  (I use that term loosely, apparently) and we continued being friendly after the incident.  Neither of us brought it up again.  I was bummed though since the lip gloss was one of three gifts I received that year.  (The other two were a little purse and a box of granola bars.)

So what about you?  Have you found a little item that you are just giddy about?  Do you share my succulent planter infatuation?  (Or are you more of a lip gloss lover?)

~Miss Charming

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  1. love it with the succulents! the contrast with the green is perfect!
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  2. I love it!! No have one that is really worn out and I think it would be perfect or a little garden! Maybe herbs!!

  3. Love this idea! And the fact that you mixed the live with the faux is great. You have to look really close to tell the difference.

  4. Love how this looks!
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  5. Thanks for linking to my part-tay! Cute planters, I love me some succulents.
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  6. This is genius. I love this vintage planter.
    This one is perfect for herbs.
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  7. I LOVE this! I pinned and will share on FB as well 🙂

  8. I LOVE this!!! I’m visiting from “Baroque”…Coke is the ONLY soda…and I love succulents. I have to go find one of these now…Thanks for sharing!
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  9. Thank you so much for linking up! I love the planter. I have a big week spot for succulents! They are like mini pieces of art 😉

  10. I’m really loving all the succulent decor I’m seeing around. This is such a great idea and looks so cute!
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  11. This is gorgeous! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Thanks for sharing it at Silver Pennies Sundays! x
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  12. Wow this is such a cool use of a coke crate, plus the green of the succulents looks so pretty against the red!
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  13. gorgeous…I am pinning it.
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  14. Thanks for partying with us at “it’s a Spring Thing” Super Cute! Pinning 🙂

  15. I love how u used the plants in the vintage soda crate!! Come check out on my blog how I used mine!!
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  16. This is adorable! I love it. It’s great inspiration.

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    Have a great week!


  17. Just wondered I live in Illinois so would I need to bring this inside in the winter ? Several of these appear to be cacti and they would not survive our winters out doors. Did you line this with anything to keep moisture from going every where? I know succulents need very little water but I don’t want water all over my carpets either and I really love this. I have a vintage Pepsi Crate I want to do this in. Thanks for any help!

  18. Linda Davis says:

    I love the Coke Crate Planter. Just wondering. . . did you hang it or have it sitting on a table? I think it might work to hang it on a wall or fence if it’s south-facing. What do you think?

  19. i absolutely adore this succulent planting crate (& how you mixed real with faux – so smart) I ALSO had a gigantic tube of lip gloss stolen on the school bus when I was 8 – it was 7 up “flavored’ and I’ve always wondered how long it would have taken me to actually use it had it not been taken! Kindred spirits we are, I guess!
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  20. My gosh, this is so, so pretty! I wonder what my chances are of finding a vintage soda pop crate. Thanks for sharing. I love succulents. I’ve noticed that some farmer’s markets also have a good selection of succulents, way more than Lowe’s or Home Depot.
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