What Can You Do With a Smashed Rusty Tin Can?

Don't throw it away! Make it into a rustic planter and fill it with succulent cuttings. I found this rusty treasure while hiking in the woods. I love all things rusty so there was no way I was going to leave it lying there. I knew I would find a purpose for it- and I did. The opening was very small so I filled it with a bit of soil and planted the tiny succulents and filled in with moss. I love unusual planters for my plants.

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  • Janice Crowe
    Janice Crowe
    on Jul 4, 2017

    What kind of can is this
    • Irene G
      Irene G
      on Nov 7, 2017

      It was a smashed rusty can I found in the woods. Just wide enough opening to put some succulent cuttings in. I basically just put in some soil and moss and then the cuttings.
  • Sylvia Packer McClain
    Sylvia Packer McClain
    on Feb 9, 2019

    1. Is the wooden fence made from pressure treated wood?

    2. Do you bring it inside during winter months?

  • Barb
    on Feb 9, 2019

    Did you find it the color it is now? It appears to be mostly purples and pinks. It lovely!

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  • Irene G
    Irene G
    on Feb 27, 2017

    The bottom had a couple of holes from rusting through. I basically stuffed it with moss and the Succulents rooted in that.

  • Moon
    on Feb 28, 2017

    What I like about this project is that it lets a rusty can be a rusty can, but it's very artistic and creative the way this can was used in a rustic context. I might be inclined to try making a wood frame, putting chicken wire inside it, putting that on the fence and then adding the can, as I think it might enhance it and add a little more texture while still remaining rustic, but kind of framing it all into a little vignette sort of. Very nice! Now I want to grab a big can and run over it with my car a couple times and leave it outside for a few months....:)

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