Spring always gets me in the mood to start planting things, which got me to thinking about making some small planters out of the tin cans in my recycling bin to hang near my back entrance. These would be perfect for succulents and other plants that don’t need a lot of sunlight.
Of course, the best way to make a hanging planter is out of recycled or free materials!
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Recycled Tin Can Planter
For this project you will need:
- Tin cans in any size you choose
- Craft Paint or Spray Paint (for my project I used spray paint)
- Jute twine
- Nail and Hammer
- Decorative Ribon
- Bread ties (another recycled item)
- Succulents or other small plants
To start I rescued some of the empty tin cans out of my recycling bin.
A garden planter can actually be made out of most anything from your recycle bin.
Next, I spray painted them in two shades of blue. Not only are these the colors I already had on hand, but will work with the new door color I have planned for another project day. The color is not important here, as long as you pick any spray paint color that makes you happy and goes with the outdoor decor of your home.
I then used a hammer and a nail to make three holes in the bottom of the cans. Two holes side by side for the twine rope hanger, and one for a drain hole for the plant.
Other materials I used for this simple and easy project were jute twine, Elmer’s decorative masking tape in orange with white dots, orange ribbon with almost matching white dots, rubber bands and bread ties to hang the planter and several different small succulent plants I found at Home Depot.
Any decorative tape or paint design you like is really up to to you. I used decorative tape because my plan was to hang this planter beside my side door entrance which has an overhang and the planter would be out of the weather. For this same reason I choose succulents for my planter because it wouldn’t get any direct sunlight.
After stringing the twine into the two side by side holes through the bottom of the can, I then pulled them together and tied a knot in the ends.
To make the hanger, I gathered the knotted ends of twine for each can, making sure the cans hung at varying heights, and secured all the ends together with a rubber band and some bread ties. I attached the bow with the bread ties and also used the ends of the bread ties to make a loop for hanging the planter on a nail by the side door.
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