Upcycled Tin Can Planters For Succulents and Other Small Plants

10 Materials
30 Minutes
These upcycled Tin Can Planters are perfect for your succulents or other small plants and flowers. Turn tin cans into DIY planters with an easy faux galvanized metal painting technique. Sprinkle with cinnamon “rust” to give the cans an aged look.
I ran out of little pots and was trying to think of things I could use as planter containers that I already had around the house. I saw an empty can of peas in our recycling bin, and thought it could be the perfect size to hold a small succulent plant. Combine that with my being in a crafty mood, and these DIY Tin Can Planters were born.
It’s so easy to give your tin cans a faux galvanized metal paint job. All you need is black, white, and gray craft paint. You can mix the black and white to make gray, but I had some gray paint on hand already so I used that.

To give the faux galvanized metal tin cans an aged look, I used Modge Podge to add cinnamon on the cans to look like fake rusty areas. Cinnamon actually makes a good faux rust and smells nice, too.
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  • Katy Katy on May 10, 2018

    At what step did you apply the modgepod? Thanks.

  • Annie Annie on May 10, 2018

    Will the cinnamon wash off if it gets wet

  • Kelley Kelley on Jun 28, 2018

    Love it..did u put holes in the bottom of the can or did u put pea gravel in for drainage thank u

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