Colourful planters made from upcycled tin cans in a pallet holder
I live in a victorian semi town house, so I just have a small town garden. When the sun is shining there is nothing more I like to do than to bask on my outdoor sofa. This year I decided to brighten up my little coffee corner in the garden with these colourful planters. They were really easy to make, and cost me next to nothing as they were made from recycled items, and stuff I already had in my diy cupboard.
What you need to make the tin can planters
How to make the tin can planters
Firstly gather your paints. I emptied out my diy cupboard of all bits of paint I had. This was a right mixture of emulsion, chalk paints, spray paints and sample pots. It doesn’t matter what kind of paint you use, you are more interested in getting a variety of colours. Once you’ve got your paints just simply paint each tin can a different colour. You can always mix paints to get more colours or use cheap sample pots. You don’t need much paint to cover a tin can. Once they are all painted and dry, carefully spray your colourful cans all over with an acrylic varnish. This will seal in your paint and make it waterproof, that’s why it doesn’t matter what kind of paint your paint scraps are.
How to make the wooden plant holder
I found my wooden pallet in a skip on my road. Skips are a good place to pick up pallets, and as long as you ask most people will happily let you have them. I sawed the bottom rung off the pallet. Then removed a wooden plank from further up the pallet and nailed this to the sawn off piece to make a wooden trough. I then sanded the trough all over to smooth out the rough edges.
Filling the can planters
Bedding plants (I used violas)
Shingle or small pebbles or stones,
I am by no means a green fingered gardener. A few years ago I made some terrariums with my Beaver cubs, and as these terrariums are still going strong, I have decided that the planting method I used was a good one. So firstly I filled the cans about a a third of the way up with shingle, to provide a drainage layer. For the second layer, I added some activated charcoal, also to help with water absorption. I then followed this with a small layer of sand and placed the bedding plants in the top third of the cans with potting compost.
These upcycled can planters have really brightened up my little outdoor coffee nook. I’m so pleased with how they turned out. I’m still saving cans to make some more for my window sills and have some other ideas for upcycled cans in the pipeline. So watch this space.