Have a Coke, & Some Petunias, & a Smile!

Gardening season is upon us, and we’ve been doing a few creative home-front (literally, in front of our home) projects I am excited to share with you, one after the other, right here in the Homestead section. Our garden beds are all ready for planting next weekend as well, with the soil all screened and fertilized.  (So exciting!) Aside from that, I’ve been getting creative & efficient around the garden beds, and this post is one of the little cute projects I’ve been wanting to share.

The week prior to Mother’s day, {A} and I found ourselves scouting a few antique stores, and I spotted this Coke box among the goods, in the items on the sidewalk outside of the door of one of the stores.

I was so drawn to it, and I had an immediate re-purposing vision for it too.  As I walked around the store, I got to ‘thinking too much’.  As cheap as I am sure it was, there was a reason I didn’t want to get it, too.  As I hemmed & hawed about whether to get it or not, {A} wanted to know what was holding me back.  When I told her, she thought it was a ridiculous reason. But you know…I think differently than a lot of people, I think. Everything seems to have some psychological puzzle to it, to complicate things for me. It keeps my brain busy, I guess.  But the bottom line is, ultimately, we got in the car and drove home.  Yes, leaving the awesome, vintage, well-worn, old & rustic, Coke bottle box behind.

It soooo bugged me all week.  I had wished I got it, and I said so out loud a 1/2 dozen times.  Michael asked me why I didn’t get it then, if I wanted it so bad, and {A} was happy to fill him in, with an amused chuckle at the end. (Imagine my appreciation of that.)

I might tell you at some point in this post, my reasoning for not getting the box in the first place.  If I am feeling up to being laughed at some more.  But for now, I’ll tell you now that on Mother’s Day, we went back and got that box!  I was prayin’ it would still be there, and thankfully, it was.  $10.   That’s the price the guy gave me, and it was the most I was willing to pay.

I loved it more than I even remembered.  It had a little stink to it, and some cobwebs, that I wasn’t aware of before, because I hadn’t handled it or got that close.  But still…..it was sweet.  I especially love the printing on the wood on the inside-back.  I don’t know why. I just think the whole dang thing is cool, and I was wicked excited about my plans for it.

1970.  Get-Out!

O.K….it’s not THAT old. ; )

So I gathered the other things I needed for my project, and put my little vision together…..

….And it looked even better in real life!

Initially, I was just planning on using a mix of white & red Petunias.  But my little girl really loved these candy cane striped ones, and I love to make my kiddos happy. I threw in a few Snap Dragons for good measure.

I just love how it looks, sitting on the edge of any of the garden beds.  Or anywhere we put it out there.   And my hesitancy for getting it, has bothered me less and less, now that it makes me so happy, every time I catch sight of it.   So I guess I’ll tell you what my issue was.

See, the thing is, I just don’t condone drinking soda.  I mean….I am not wicked ANTI-soda, but my kids don’t drink it, and I never have it in the house.  They have all tried it, and hate it.  They don’t like the carbonation.  Which is great, because I wouldn’t let the little ones have it on any regular basis anyway.  I don’t even like my husband to drink it, but of course he does anyway now and then.  I can’t tell him what to do. (As hard as I try sometimes. <giggle>.) It’s just so BAD for you.  Your body, your teeth, yourSELF.

Listen, I know you must think this is ridiculous too. But like lots of things one has strong feelings about, this goes back to my childhood.  Without naming names, I knew some kids who were having some serious stomach problems.  As it turns out, all of the soda they drank was eating their stomach. (And their teeth too, as far as I could see.)  So you see….that really disturbed me as a little kid.  I know. You need to drink a lot of it, and regularly, to have such issues.  But the point is……I’d rather encourage drinking lots of water.  And milk for the kids. And green tea, I heard, has all kinds of benefits. Liquids that are good for you! And I really did not want to send the false message to the world, in my own front yard, that I condone Coke-drinking as a life-style.  Because clearly, I do not.

But, you know….now that I see how cute my box is, with that really great Coke logo…..(I have to admit, and so do you, that it’s a great logo!)…..I am letting the possibility of this misconception, go.

I’m almost over it, already.

No really!

There’s a little story behind the bottles that ended up in this cute-gardening-repurposing-project too.   While out at other antique stores on Mother’s Day, I found the perfect Coke bottles, to use for this. They were old and circa-Iforget.  But suffice it to say, they were original Coke bottles, with the embossed Coke logo in the glass.  All transparent, greenish glass.  Original Coke bottles, like I said.  $5 each, and I only wanted 3.  But Michael convinced me that he could get the exact same thing at Stop & Shop.  “Really Michael?” I asked. “Are you sure they are exactly like this.”.  “Yes”, he said.”I can’t see buying antique ones just to sit in our front yard, at $5 each, when I can get them for a buck-something.  Who is going to know the difference?”  “ME!” I said.  “I don’t do any of these things for anyone else!  I do them because they make ME happy. It’s part of the way I make my home for my family!”

(Men so don’t get these things.  Right?  Is it just my man?)

So I left those antique Coke bottles, at my husband’s antics about it. Because he was going to get me some just like them.  And only I would know, they were not really antiques.  Uh-huh.

(Now I had 2 things I would have to keep pushing out of my mind. Right?  That’s what i was thinking.)

These bottles you see in the photos, are what he brought home to me, from Stop & Shop.  I was like, “Michael!  These are not the same!!”  “Sure they are, why not?” he asked.  “BeCAUSE….”, I had to explain, “These have this red & white screen printed logo thing on them.  The others did not have that! The logo was embossed on the glass. These aren’t the same.  It’s not the real thing, Michael!!”

And then I busted out laughing hysterically, realizing the pun I just made by accident.  Which of course, lightened my heart, and I forgave him.

But I’m back to mad again, I think. I mean, I kind of would have liked the real vintage Coke bottles.  You know? On the other hand, the red & white logos do look nice among the flowers, with the red & white box and all.

So that’s my great long story, of this little garden project.  I hope you love it, and it inspires you to get creative with your own plantings.  But please do not let it encourage you to drink Coke.  Promise?  Soda in general, is just not good for you.  It’s high in sugar. It’s bad for your teeth.  I heard it eats stomachs!

This has been a public service announcement, and a creative gardening inspiration project, all in one!  What a bargain, huh?  Aren’t you glad you stopped by?

Here, have a water, and a smile.

: )

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  1. 18
    Leslie says:

    Oh my gosh!! I have these materials sitting on top of the cabinets downstairs! Thanks for the awesome idea, just stumbled upon your blog. Have a great day!

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    amy says:

    just found your blog…and I think I love you 🙂

    I just bought a case of that Mexican coke at Costco for a project…and I agree the real thing would be better, but you go with what you (or hubby) got (has?) , right??

  3. 16
    Jen says:

    Drooling over this! Love the old coke box and love what you did with it! I’m going to feature it on my blog Friday when I do my Friday Features. Stop by and grab a button!

  4. 15
    Shari says:

    I love it! I have a coke bottle box too – – also aquired at an antique shop…but had not figured out the ‘perfect thing’ to do with it yet. Thanks for the great idea!

  5. 14
    retrohipmama says:

    JEALOUS cannot even describe my feelings right now. I collect vintage coke stuff: bottles, straw holders, I even have a coke bottle shaped lighter from the 60s and a napkin dispenser. So Coke is my thing. (Sorry, I do drink it too…along with LOTS of water!) But your creation has me swooning and I have been staring at all your yummy pics for 20 minutes now. Good for you for going back, this planter is simply divine. I must replicate!

  6. 13
    TidyMom says:

    I LOVE this idea!!!

    Thanks for linking up! I featured your post in my wrap up http://tidymom.net/2011/summer-food-and-fun/ Hope you’re having a fabulous holiday weekend!

  7. 12

    This is an adorable idea. I actually have a Dr. Pepper soda case sitting outside right now. I have a potted plant sitting on it but I never thought about adding the empty bottles and the flowers. Too cute!

  8. 11
    Meghan says:

    Hey! Stopping over from Ultimate Blog Roll at Hip Homeschool Moms. I love your site & blog. Can’t wait to get to know you better!


  9. 10

    I love, love, love it!!!

    I actually like the bottles with the red label too! ;0)

  10. 9
    sparkling74 says:

    that’s really cool! I would have filled every hole and it would have been too much. What you did was just right. Damn, now I really want a coke!

  11. 8
    Amy says:

    Stopping in from TCB — love this & love Diet Coke! Using it as a planter is beyond cute! Now i will be on the hunt!

    • 8.1
      Laura says:

      I am SO enjoying reading all of your comments & little stories to this post! I knew you all would love it too. It also seems to be attracting the soda-lovers of the world! lol. Thank you ALL….for amusing me & appreciating my antics & stories. : )

  12. 7
    Emily says:

    What an awesome creation!! I love vintage coke bottles and boxes. My mom used to collect them so they are very nostalgic for me. Wonderful job!


  13. 6

    yep I love me a coke bin – so glad you went back to get it – it looks GREAT

  14. 5
    Mimi says:

    Oh wow – I just saw your post at the new Creative Creations Tuesday. My mother in Law had one in her attic that I used to place succelents in! Love the old coke crates. Your petunias look so great there. Just might have to switch those succulents out for flowers.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Pam says:

    same not sam!!!!

  16. 3
    Pam says:

    I love this and it is exactly the sam age as me….so it is not old at all! Coke out of glass bottles is the best and I am thinking that I’ll be hooking my pal Michael up with some in the near future. We’ll let him sew his wild oats and drink…..SODA! LOL

  17. 2
    Rene says:

    Very cool idea!! I like the candy-stripe petunias, myself. And, I love Diet coke…but I only have a couple a week. XO

  18. 1
    Michelle says:

    Great score! SO funny, this is on my must have list and has been forever! I missed buying one at an estate sale a few weeks ago and almost begged the women who scored it mins. before we got there! Great idea, love it!


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