DIY Large Planters... From Trash Cans!


Want a set of large planters for the front door? Don't want to spend a lot of money? Then, I have the perfect project for you today! Take a look at these planters here! You will not believe what they are made of...
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Yep... trash cans! While walking through the home improvement store, I was appalled to see that large planters were in the $30 range! That's a lot of money. I was able to make these little babies for about $4 each. I chose these trash cans because the shape is tapered and totally adorable!
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As usual, I like to mix my own chalk-y paint. Click over to the blog post to get the exact recipe for this paint. It's totally easy to make and creates the most gorgeous sheen ever!
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Every planter needs a spot for water to drain. I simply used an electric drill to make several holes in the bottoms of the planters.
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This was a really fun project. I love the way they came out. For more tips, details and pictures, be sure to visit the blog post below. If you try this tutorial, be sure to let me know. I'd love to see your versions!
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  • Diane
    on Jul 2, 2017

    Why haven't you answered anyone's questions above?

    • Sherry Miller
      on Jul 6, 2017

      actually, she does share the recipe in another post. 2. Mix 1 cup of the paint with 2 tbsp. of the unsanded grout in a plastic cup and stir until completely smooth. (Of course, discard the cup and stirrer when done with this project!)

  • Millies_mom47
    on Jul 3, 2017

    I looked at the blog as well at this instruction and there's no actual instructions on how to do this project. So do you sand the container and then paint it with a dark color before you paint with the chalk paint? The reason I ask is your picture shows a darkness in spots in the chalk paint, so how did that occur?

    • Robin
      on Sep 21, 2018

      The dark spots are where places were sanded and the clear container is showing.

  • Deborah Luchak Nester
    on Oct 9, 2018

    where did you find the garbage cans this shape and that size for $4? I have been looking for almost exactly like this........

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  • Brenda
    on Mar 27, 2018

    If your pots are too big for a plant saucer. Thrift stores often have microwave trays. & another idea is serving trays. Like fast food places. .you can paint plastic to match your pots for bringing in for winter

  • Necee Marie
    on Jul 27, 2018

    I have also done this. Soooo much cheaper ! Great minds think alike! 😊

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