Gardening Project: Recycled Succulent Planter

by Tanya
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The idea for this project came to me after a recent trip. I've started bringing plants home as souvenirs and this time I found a small succulent.
I also had two metal oil containers knocking around so I came up with the idea of using them to display small clumps of many of the succulents I have growing around the house.
First I collected succulents from around the yard. I actually was quite surprised at how many I had! If you don't have them, you can always order them online or visit your local garden center.
Next I took the top off, made holes in the front of the tin, filed the edges down, and then spray painted it with gold spray paint suitable for outdoor use.
After it was dry, it was planting time. I put my piece from Romania at the top and filled the other holes with different types of succulents. I love how the gold background makes it looks like a collection of precious gems!
My recycled metal planter is sitting outside and catching the sun's light every time I pass by. It certainly lights up my face whenever I see it :)
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  • How did the plants Do? I haven't had much luck with using metal to make my own decorative pots. The poor plants always cook

  • Linny Linny on Aug 14, 2018

    How do you get rid the oil residue on the interior of the tin?

  • Darlene Williman Darlene Williman on Sep 09, 2018

    How did you keep the dirt from washing out when you water it? I didn't see you put screening or anything in it.

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