DIY Painted Tin Can Planter

upcycled planter craft

I have so many soup and vegetable cans right now. (You might have noticed that my last craft project also used tin cans.) I like to try to upcycle them before giving them up to the recycling center.

With spring around the corner (don’t rain on my parade, I know I have a few months left of snow and cold weather), I have seed starters that will need a more permanent home soon. These types of cans make perfect planters for growing herbs. Especially the big soup cans. You know, like the ones that hold diced tomatoes or the extra chunky soups.

They also make cute gifts! I was propagating my mint plant for a friend and needed a container. Of course, she got one of these finished tin can planters.

upcycled tin can planter supplies

Tin can planter supplies

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drainage holes in tin can planter

Step 1: Create drainage holes

Hammer the nail into the bottom of your can in multiple places to create drainage holes. You don’t want your plant to flood!

Step 2: Paint your tin can

Use your sponge brush to dab on the acrylic paint like in the video above. This helps you get into all of the ridges. If you don’t prefer the texture it creates, you can smooth out the paint before it dries.

Let it dry completely.

Step 3: Glue on the rope

Cut your rope at an angle (for a seamless transition later) and glue it to the can.

As you wrap it around the can, glue it every inch or so to ensure a solid hold.

When you get to the end, cut the rope at an angle again and glue it fast.

upcycled planter craft

All you have to do now is choose your favorite plant to go in your upcycled planter. Will it be flowers, herbs, or maybe pothos? Either way, it will look great!

I’d love to get your thoughts! Them them in the comments below.

Happy crafting!

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