Friday, March 16, 2018

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How To Make Easy Recycled Can Planters

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It's been snowing here in Kentucky, and it's really getting me down.  It's certainly been a lovely sight, but I'm ready for spring darn it!  The sunshine and warmth from last week was such a tease!

With more snow and rain in the coming weeks, I plan on spending time trying to clean up my computer and organize my computer files.  Not usually what you'd start with to start spring cleaning, but it's definitely something that needs done!  

While going through some photos today, I found a ton of old projects that I want to share.  And since I'm longing for spring, this one seemed like the perfect one to start with!  


I used to use tin cans all around my house for various things, and they're great!  Especially with just a little bit of paper and Mod Podge to make them cute!  They make great pencil holders, craft room organizers, drawer organizers, and even planters!

How to Make a Tin Can Planter


I didn't photograph my progress with these...but I think I can explain it easily enough.  This is a super simple project that requires very few things.  It'd be a great spring project for kids too I think!

Supplies


  • Old Tin Cans, washed out and labels removed
  • Decorative Paper
  • Scissors
  • Outdoor Mod Podge
  • Foam Brush or Old Paint Brush 
  • Dirt and Flowers

Steps:

  1. Carefully remove your can's label.  If you can get it off relatively cleanly, you can use it to trace on the decorative paper.
  2. Clean out your cans and let them dry. 
  3. Use your label to cut out your decorative paper to size.  If you couldn't get the label off cleanly, measure the height of the can and cut a strip to match the size.
  4. Grab your Mod Podge and slather it on the back of that paper with a foam brush or an old brush you don't mind covering in glue.
  5. Wrap the paper around the can and smooth out air bubbles.  I held the paper together at the seam until the Mod Podge dried enough to stay put.
  6. After your glue dries, grab your Outdoor Mod Podge and paint a protective coat or two on top of the paper. 

Outdoor Mod Podge is important in this project if you're going to put these outside.  It's formulated to not fade in the sun.  The first time I did this I didn't use the Outdoor formula and my cans faded in a week. :-(  So yes, use the Outdoor Podge for this one. :-)



These were my cans after Mod Podging.  All that was left was to add dirt!


If you want, you can drill a few drainage holes in the bottom of the can before adding your dirt and plants.  I didn't because I knew I was going to repot my petunias after they outgrew the cans, but it is something to think about if you use a plant that can stay in the cans for awhile!


And here they are popped up on the window sill of my old apartment.  They looked so cute on there and added so much color!  And they were so fast, cheap, and easy to make!


Are you excited for Spring?  


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36 comments:

  1. This is such a cute and unique idea! Love it! Anna www.pepperedinstyle.com

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  2. These are so pretty! My mom loves cute ideas like this, i'm sure shes already found your post on pinterest! ahha

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  3. This is such a cute idea! Our area does not recycle cans and so I am never sure what to do with them! We will give this a try! Also, love Kentucky! I visited there for the first time in November and thought the people were so warm!

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    1. Thank you so much! We just moved to Kentucky a few months ago and it really is wonderful. Everyone I've met is super friendly!

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  4. These are so cute and what a great idea! The perfect way to spruce up a front or back porch or walkway! Love this!

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  5. These are adorable! This would be a great craft to do with my kiddos this weekend. They love helping me with the plants and the garden.

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  6. This a great way to recycle. Very cute idea :) xo, Suzanne

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  7. What a cute and pretty idea to spruce up outside. My grandchildren will love making these with me and taking a couple home to watch themselves. I never knew there was an outside modge podge but then I'm not much of a crafter.

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    1. It's the best! It keeps things from fading outdoors so it stays pretty longer :-) I hope your grandkids have fun making these!

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  8. This is a brilliant idea!! I don't get cans often but I like the idea of reusing them and I've lots of plant plans

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  9. This is such a cute and festive idea! I love using mod podge for anything I possibly can and this is just so adorable!

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  10. these are so adorable, what fun little crafts!

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  11. How cute are these!? this is a craft I could do with my daughters this spring - they absolutely love everything about gardening!

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  12. how cute is this - it would be the best little project for my niece & I this spring!

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  13. Wow, this is absolutely cute. I am going to try to do it with my younger one.

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  14. What a gorgeous springtime craft! I love how these planters are permanent things. Like, they're not silly things made out of paper that you'll throw away seconds after making them. You can keep them for ages!

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  15. I love this! I just did something similar for my indoor herbs by reusing some glass sauce jars and wrapping in a burlap I had at home. I love to upcycle old things rather than buying new!

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  16. My flower pots are booooring! These will make me happy every time I see them.

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  17. These are cute. My kids would love to make some of their own I'm sure. I wouldn't mind a flower in my window but I really want to grow some herbs.

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  18. These are super sweet and cost effective. I am not the most successful gardener, so I don't want to invest a lot into pots.

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  19. I adore this idea, how very creative of you! This would make a lovely handmade mothers day gift.

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  20. What a cute DIY! I will definitely have to try this. Nice way to add color!!

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  21. These are so cute! I love that they're recycled, I need to make some of these for my houseplants I'm growing!

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  22. What a great DIY project. We made coasters once with Mod Podge. They came out great.

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  23. We try to repurpose as much as possible. Love the way your can planters turned out! So cute! They'll hopefully motivate my kids to eat canned veggies too.

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    1. Haha! I never thought of that. It would be good motivation!

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  24. This is such great idea and diy. The can planters look so cute, they would look great at any place in the house :)

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  25. This is such a cute idea and I think it’s something my five year old would enjoy working on together. Thanks for sharing!

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  26. Those recycled cans look so cute..loved the way you planted plants in them..so creative :)

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  27. I'm gonna make a set with the kids tomorrow. Someone's gonna be in charge of the drainage holes, someone is authorized for the materials, and I'm in charge of the overall fun!

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    1. Haha That sounds like a great plan! I hope you guys have fun!

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  28. Love love love this creative idea to upcycle a can that would just be thrown out! Super easy and makes you want to plant more!

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  29. Oh wow, these are such cute diy idea,I absolutely love this. It's super easy to make.

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  30. I love these planters - they're so cute, and very creative! It's great that they're made out of something that you can recyle, and you can also decorate to your own style and taste x

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  31. This project is so cool! I like the colors so much, I might make it myself too. :)

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  32. This is awesome! I cannot wait to try this when I start my own little indoor herb garden

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