How to Make a Tin (Can) Planter.


This tutorial is super easy – How to make a tin can planter, to gift or to keep ๐Ÿ™‚

What you’ll need:
Tin can from pantry
Ribbons, twine, string
Drill and bit
Seaweed emulsion liquid/Seasol

What is really great about this is that it’s an awesome way to recycle and re-use stuff you already have at home. Personally I love receiving plants and produce from friends and neighbours. It’s something useful, thoughtful and something grown with love from your own bare hands! What would really look great is a pretty herb or succulent.


First step – Choose your can, they come in lots of shapes and sizes – the shorter wide ones are my favourite! But it really depends on what you’ll plant in it – and how long you intend to keep it in the can for. Lots of plants will outgrow their cans and you could even re-use the can again – that’s if it hasn’t gone rusty!

Put your can in the next load in the dishwasher, or wash by hand. If the label isn’t fully off, scratch it off with a craft knife or sandpaper. Make sure there are no sharp edges on the inside rim where you could cut yourself – use pliers or a thin wooden rolling pin (I use one with no handles) to roll the sharp edge down, into the can.

Next, flip your can upside down and drill a few holes in the base for drainage. Please wear safety glasses – the metal flakes will fly all over the place! Also you should do this outside and try and clean up the metal shavings as they are not fun to get in your feet. If you need to, cover the surrounding area with newspaper and then roll up the paper and put it in the recycle bin when you’re done. ย Drainage for planters are really important! If your holes come out all rough and ragged, use a screwdriver to get rid of the rough edges or again, sandpaper!


Dig through your compost pile and find some good dirt, or alternatively go and buy a small bag of seedling starter soil from Bunnings or a similar garden center. Fill your can upto 3/4 point. You should have your seedlings, seeds or cutting ready to plant in. Place whichever one you chose into the can, and fill the remaining 1/4 up to the top and press down.



Once your plant is in it’s can, you can now gently water it in with a mix of water and Seasol. Follow the quantities on the back of the bottle. ๐Ÿ™‚ Me, I just like to do a little dash here, a little dash there. I never measure anything ๐Ÿ˜‰


Lastly, dry the outside of the can and then tie some nice ribbons around it. I also like to write up a little description of what the plant is on a small tag. I also like to do this a week in advance to make sure the plant is well established and looking healthy! I have also made cactus in teacups and herbs in vintage colanders, the ideas are endless and such a thoughtful, eco-friendly gift idea… Not to mention very affordable ๐Ÿ™‚

Have you made these? Show us your planters! x


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