How to Turn Food Containers Into Planters

5 Materials
1 Hour

Do you have an old butter or cottage cheese container just lying around? Check out how I totally transformed mine with spray paint!

These are the materials I used.

Step One

Prior to spray painting make sure you are working with a clean surface by wiping off your container. I used a plain wet rag.

Step Two (optional)

If you plan to use this as a real planter poke holes in the bottom with a nail and hammer. I put three holes in mine.

Step Three

After propping your container up on a box, you are ready for your first layer of spray paint. You should spray from approximately 12 inches away and you will want to apply a thin coat in order to prevent dripping.

Step Four

After waiting approximately 30 minutes you can apply a second coat. Again you will want to spray from 12 inches away and apply a thin coat.

Step Five

After waiting about an hour your container is now ready to add some greenery. Either add dirt and a real plant or do what I prefer and add a faux plant of your choice. Start saving those containers!

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  • Janice Janice on Jun 10, 2020

    This is a great repurpose and there are many unique containers of varying sizes and shapes to make an entire host of planters. Paint changes everything, which reminds me I have a bunch of lids to paint from glass jars. Thanks for the post!

  • Rocker chick Rocker chick on Jul 07, 2020

    I’ve often broken some containers using the nail & hammer. When uncertain about breaking plastic with a nail, I heat up my glue gun using the metal tip melts perfect sized holes. Once cooled down any residue comes right off.