Tin Can Number Planters for the Front Door

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One of my favorite things to do upcycle is tin cans and to make cool planters out of them ( like these popular gold crushed ones). I've been crushing tin cans again but this time to make a display outside my home that shows my house number too.

These cool hanging planters can be made out of either tin cans or soda cans. With tin cans, you need to cut away the bottom of the can with a tin opener.

With the soda cans remove the top with a tin opener and then cut away the base.

Whichever can you use, you want to turn it into a tube open at both ends.

Then hammer one end flat with a hammer.

Then paint these squashed empty cans with a white primer.

Then either paint them in a colour of your choice or decoupage them with paper napkins to decorate.

My house number is three digits so I painted three squashed cans one for each digit.

Next, I decoupaged a digit on the front of each can. You can download the numbers I used for free from the blog (link in bio at the end).

Add a protective varnish to the outside of the cans if hanging them outside.

Next, using an awl I punched 2 holes in the side of the cans and added a wire handle.

Next, I planted succulents into these cans. I used a layer of gravel in the base to give them a bit of weight and to help with drainage.

If you are not green-fingered and worried about the succulents not lasting, you can always plant fake succulents. I still recommend the gravel in the bottom to give them a bit of weight, so they don't blow around in the wind.

I then made a simple hanging board with scrap wood and pegs to hang the planters from. This now hangs outside my house with my street number on the cans.

However, the planters can simply be hung on nails or hooks.

The planters can be hung horizontally or vertically depending on what suits your space. You can see the best ideas for making tin can planters here.

If you visit the blog post (link in bio), you will see how the soda can version of these planters turned out.

DIY home decor using repurposed tin cans

Check out more creative ways to reuse empty tin cans here.

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  • Shuganne Shuganne on Mar 07, 2022

    How sturdy and how large are your house numbers? How many people have remarked that emergency services advise that house numbers be large and easily visible so police and ambulances can get to you quickly? (Fire trucks can just follow the smoke.😁)

  • Christine carlsen Christine carlsen on Mar 07, 2022

    Why didn’t you bend and paint neater, I know it’s for outdoors, but could have been neater.

  • Roberta Roberta on Aug 27, 2022

    What about rust harming the plants? I love this! It would be cute as well hanging off your mailbox somehow! I have to figure out how to make this work! I don't have to use it for numbers either. I could just make planters! Thank you for sharing! ✌️🌈💜🌻😊

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  • Deborah Frakes Deborah Frakes on Aug 19, 2023

    So cute 😍

    As for painting not neat (like question above)

    Love it . Makes it feel more rustic and outdoorsy.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Debbie Robson Debbie Robson on Mar 02, 2024

    This is such a great project and the end results are awesome. People who have negative comments should sometimes keep them to their self as this is such a great look for either indoor or out. Thanks Claire for sharing.