January 28, 2013

Mini Copper Planters

- Copper cap fittings (in the sizes of your choice)
- Bottle of Ketchup
- Mini plants/blooms

The copper caps really don't require much attention other than a good cleaning, which admittedly, is a bit of a strange process. First, gently hand wash them with mild soap.

Now this is where it gets weird: To get most of the tarnish off of the copper in the simplest way possible, lather the outsides of them with ketchup. Yes, you read correctly. The vinegar in ketchup has just enough acidic properties to give the copper a good cleaning. Let it sit for about a half an hour, then rinse. It's surprising what a difference it makes. All that's left now is planting, and voila!

What do you think? Do you have any creative uses for copper around the house?