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...
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!
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!
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.
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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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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  • 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
    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........

    • Jill Krol
      Jill Krol
      on Jul 16, 2020

      Walmart in the home goods trash can section or bathroom section. I've gotten many a plastic trash can from there and simply drilled 6-7 holes in the bottom. They'll last many years inside and usually 2-3 outside unless they're in the shade. I pay $3.98 for them.

  • Kim
    on Feb 21, 2019

    I have painted flower pots before when I can’t find the color I want. But the color always peels off by the end of the summer - then I have a very UGLY flower pot by fall!! Ideas ??? Thx in advance!

    • E Dinwiddie
      E Dinwiddie
      on May 25, 2019

      I used spray paint for plastics and it's still peeled off at the end of summer and I have very ugly pots thatI don’t have time to deal with uggg

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  • Necee Marie
    Necee Marie
    on Jul 27, 2018

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

  • Pat Berryhill
    Pat Berryhill
    on Jun 24, 2019

    Love this idea! Also, you could consider using paint formulated for plastic - and then dry brush another paint on top (I’ve used acrylic with great success). For example: rust colored spray paint for plastic for base coat, then dry brush an acrylic dark brown aging

    color on top. I’ve painted three like this and they’ve been going over 15 years now.

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