Upcycled Tin Can Planters For Succulents and Other Small Plants

9 Materials
30 Minutes

These upcycled Tin Can Planters are perfect for your succulents or other small plants and flowers. Turn tin cans into DIY planters with an easy faux galvanized metal painting technique. Sprinkle with cinnamon “rust” to give the cans an aged look.
upcycled tin can planters for succulents and other small plants
I ran out of little pots and was trying to think of things I could use as planter containers that I already had around the house. I saw an empty can of peas in our recycling bin, and thought it could be the perfect size to hold a small succulent plant. Combine that with my being in a crafty mood, and these DIY Tin Can Planters were born.
upcycled tin can planters for succulents and other small plants
It’s so easy to give your tin cans a faux galvanized metal paint job. All you need is black, white, and gray craft paint. You can mix the black and white to make gray, but I had some gray paint on hand already so I used that.

upcycled tin can planters for succulents and other small plants
To give the faux galvanized metal tin cans an aged look, I used Modge Podge to add cinnamon on the cans to look like fake rusty areas. Cinnamon actually makes a good faux rust and smells nice, too.
upcycled tin can planters for succulents and other small plants
Visit my blog post at Mom Always Finds Out for the step-by-step directions and photos for this project.

Resources for this project:

Empty tin can (15 ounces)
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3 questions
  • Katy
    on May 10, 2018

    At what step did you apply the modgepod? Thanks.

    • Mom Always Finds Out
      on May 10, 2018

      After the can was painted and completely dry, I applied the Modge Podge to the areas where I wanted to add the cinnamon. You'll want to add the cinnamon while the Modge Podge is wet, and then allow it to dry. Complete project directions are at the blog post link. Thank you for your question. Hope that answer helps!

  • Annie
    on May 10, 2018

    Will the cinnamon wash off if it gets wet

    • Mom Always Finds Out
      on May 11, 2018

      I haven’t tested it, but my best guess is that yes, the cinnamon will wash off in water. I did not apply a waterproof sealant on top of the cinnamon. Hope that helps!

  • Kelley
    on Jun 28, 2018

    Love it..did u put holes in the bottom of the can or did u put pea gravel in for drainage thank u

    • Kelley
      on Jul 13, 2018

      Ty i think holes would. Messy n e way pea gravel is a great way to go ty for responding have a super weekend

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  • Linda Premo
    on May 11, 2018

    Super cute and the cans really look vintage!!!!

  • Apollox
    on May 11, 2018

    Really nice. Love the idea with the cinnamon, it's much easier and faster than using special colours for the rusteffect. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.

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