How to Easily Make Cute DIY Planters Out of Vintage Gas Cans

by Kelly-n-Tony
6 Materials
30 Minutes

This is something that randomly popped into my head to do with vintage gas cans we have in the garage: why not turn them into DIY planters?

I asked hubby if it was doable and he said, "Add it to the list". The list is long but he's a good sport!

Here's how to make a DIY gas can planter

Vintage gas can

1. Wash

First off be sure it's empty then wash it out to be sure no gas because you'll be cutting the top open and sparks will be flying. icon Flamage would be bad!

Cutting the top off the gas can

2. Cut the top off

Using an angle grinder cut the top off. Notice there are sparks flying. Keep alert and take your time.

Taking the top off the gas can

Use your feet to hold it in place if it moves about.

Sharp edges

3. Smooth the edges

It's going to have sharp edges so...

Hammering the shape edges down

Hammer the sharp edges down. I'd advise gloves but hubby lives dangerously sometimes. It's all fun and games till someone gets hurt. icon

Smoothing the edges of the can

That helped but further smoothing the edges helped...

Sanding the edge of the can

Sandpaper (on a drill is easiest). You could duct tape the inner rim for further safety.

4. Drill holes for drainage

Also, drill some bottom holes for drainage when the flowers are watered or it rains.

DIY planter from a vintage gas can

5. Add the plants

I purchased a 10-inch basket plant (hey there are good deals during the holidays!) and it fits nicely on top without falling in! I really like the red and yellow dahlias because they match the colors of the gas can.

DIY planter from a vintage gas can

It was an easy project with just an unusual container and flowers. I'll include the tools used in the materials list below.

Now set this in front of the garage!

Let me know what you think of this DIY planter in the comments below.

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