Upcycled Food Containers Make Great Plant Pots

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Recycling luncheon meat cans and plastic fruit containers is fun and budget friendly. The succulent plant pots I created from the food containers are designer worthy. I used spray paint and another recycled item.......denim from old jeans.

My favorite thing about this project is upcycling items that are normally tossed in the garbage. I enjoy the challenge of recycling used items.

Just any old spray paint wouldn't do. I went for the sparkle and shine with metallic spray paint.

You can find my favorite metallic spray paint colors and projects here.

Gather Recycled Food Containers

Wash the food containers well with soap and water to remove oily residue or remaining bits of food.

Spray Containers With Metallic Spray Paint

This is the easy part of the project. Spray the containers inside and out top and bottom with the metallic spray paint.

The spray paint dries really fast but do let the paint cure a few hours before moving on to the next step.

Decorate Containers With Denim

Cut strips or squares of denim to add pizzazz to the containers. Wrap a strip of denim around the container and finish with a simple tie.

Slip a square of denim into one container and flip a portion over the sides of the container.

Add Filler To Containers

To keep plant roots from sitting in water fill the bottom fourth of containers with rocks, shells, or glass beads.

Pot The Plants

The next step is plant selection. Succulents are my go to plant because they are easy care plants. I don't have a green thumb and sometimes forget to water my plants. No problem with succulents

Make A Pretty Display

Display 1, 3, or 5, pots together. The rule of thumb for home decor displays is to group in uneven numbers. Makes sense to me.

I also recycle kitchen kettles, coffee pots, ice chests, and other unique items as pots and you can see my fun plant container projects here.

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  • Leslie Leslie on Sep 06, 2020

    Would it work to punch holes in the containers for drainage?

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