Trash Can Flower Pot Planters

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Need a large planter, but don't want to spend a fortune? I hear ya! Large flower pots and planters can be costly, but trash cans aren't. Here's how to turn a cheap trash can into a gorgeous large flower pot or patio planter.

This is a great project if you need a lot of flower pots and planters, as I did on my patio.

Find inexpensive trash cans that suit your style. And you want them to be large enough to hold whatever plant or flowers you are thinking about.

I found the FNISS trash cans at IKEA for .79 cents each. The Dollar Tree also has a lot of varieties of decorative and colorful trash cans.

Drill holes in the bottom of the trash can for drainage. We used a normal screwdriver head on an electric screwdriver to make small holes.

Pot up your plant or flowers as normal with potting soil, fertilizer, etc.

If you are going to use these planters indoors, such as to bring plants in your bedroom to clean the air or to add flowers to your home to make you happy, be sure to put a drainage drip pan underneath the pots to avoid water on your floors.

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  • Stephanie Lord-Ormson Stephanie Lord-Ormson on Jul 25, 2019

    Do the trash cans ever break apart or dry rot from sitting outside ? I have this problem with regular flower pots and it drives freakn nuts . Would love to try this idea but dont wanna waste my money if they're just gonna break .

  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Jul 17, 2020

    I’d like to know where you found the trash cans for .75 Cents! ???

  • Delores Jackson Delores Jackson on May 28, 2021

    Forget the pots, what are those beautiful plants? icon They're a great idea. Although I can honestly say I have buzzard luck. I never fid deals like that.

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  • Deannajohncox52 Deannajohncox52 5 days ago

    Omg! I'm sooo happy I saw this DIY because tomorrow my sister and I were going to go searching for some red flower pots and I need like 5, but I was thinking I can't really afford to buy that many because larger flower pot are expensive. I'm definitely doing this DIY and if I have to then I'll paint the trash cans the color I need. My sister is going to also love this idea! I can't wait to tell her tomorrow. Yea!

  • Single Girl's DIY Single Girl's DIY 5 days ago

    Hope you found perfect pots or garbage cans!

    • Deannajohncox52 Deannajohncox52 3 days ago

      Yes we did! All I need to do now is paint them the right color and drill the holes in the bottoms. I'm so excited to complete this project! Thanks again for the great DIY and tips!