The Best Tin Can Planters You Will Want To Make

Brilliant Ideas for the Best Tin Can Planters

I love to keep old tin cans and re-purpose them and upcycle them into the best tin can planters!

My kitchen window sill is adorned with planters. Ideally, they would be full of fresh herbs to cook with. However, I’m a herb killer! As I’m rubbish at remembering to water them even when they are next to the sink. Therefore, to avoid that ugly wilted herb look I have more resilient cacti and succulents in my kitchen window. And who doesn’t love a succulent or cacti?

These gorgeous plants sit in lovely tin can planters, which I think are very apt for a kitchen.

I have to admit that I’m swayed by great packaging, I often buy things just because I like the box it comes in (shameful!). The simple tin can must be one of the best packaging designs. Not only are they fit for purpose, but with all that steel and ridges they just ooze industrial chic.

Naked tin cans look awesome as planters especially if you like that rustic farmhouse look. However, it doesn’t take much to jazz them up a bit if you are going for an alternative interior look.

Tin Can Planters:  Tin cans are great for upcycling into herb planters.  You achieve many styles, from colorful, to farmhouse, rustic industrial and glam.

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The Best Tin Can Planters.

1. Colourful Tin Can Planters – Pillarboxblue
These tin can planters just scream summer. With that bright rainbow of colours. The pallet trough is really handy too!

Upcycled colorful tin can planters with a handy pallet trough.

2.Copper Tin Planters – Home Oh My

Spray a tin can with copper paint and all of sudden it goes from rustic to glam, it’s amazing! I love the touch of the chalkboard labels too.

Copper Tin Can Planters

3. Upcycled Window Herb Planter – Pillarboxblue

Now these tin cans have been decoupaged with vintage insect graphics for a lovely retro science vibe.

Upcycled window herb planter - free tutorial and template

4. Crushed Tin Can DIY planters – Pillarboxblue

How about changing the shape of the tin cans to that cruched bad look. Then add a bit of glam with some gold chrome spray paint.

10 minute planter craft. Trio of crushed gold can DIY planters. For that shabby glam look.

5. Birchwood Tin Can Planters – Lollyjane

These look rustic and stylish at the same time. You wouldn’t even know they were tin cans to start with.

6. Recycled Jean planters – Pillarboxblue

One of my favourite things to re-purpose are old jeans. so I got super excited when I could combine tin cans with denim, and make these gorgeous planters.

Make some unique recycled jean planters by upcycling denim seams and tin cans

7. Marimekko Decorative Tin Can Planters – Pillarboxblue

A fantastic combination of cool Nordic style and re-purposed tin cans. This riot of colour brightens up my garden even on the dullest of days.

Marimekko decorative tin can planters

8. Trendy Upcycled Planters With Velvet –

Tin can planters don’t have to be rustic they can be luxurious and modern. Just add velvet!

9. Re-purposed Leather Tin Can Planters – Pillarboxblue

These were originally made as colourful leather pen pots made with an old leather handbag. However, they also make lovely unique planters.

Upcycled rainbow leather planter

10. Vintage Seed Packet Planters -Pictureboxblue

I love the unique rustic look of these tin can planters. There are 9 different vintage seed packets to download. You’ll be spoilt for choice.

Vintage seed packet tin can planters

It’s hard to pick a favourite tin can planter. However, if pushed I think that the Marimekko ones are my favourite, then again I have a thing about Marimekko.

Tin cans can be upcycled into other things besides planters, such as caddies and I even made an upcycled advent calendar using tin cans, and a stylish copper and denim craft caddy.

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40 Responses

  1. As you know, I was already a fan of your golden crushed tins, but this roundup is even better! So many cute ideas 🙂

    Have a wonderful day, Claire!


  2. I really enjoyed going thru all of your upcycling for plants. last year I planted my garden on upstairs deck and had my share of daily veggies even corn I would like to add some more plants upwards out of scraps etc and would like to see more. I would like these sentto my e mail so I can incorporate them into my plans. thank you for great ideas!!!!

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  5. Claire my favorite is your window herb planter. The transformation of that window is incredible!

    • Thank you so much Mary. I do like that window and can’t wait to sit out in the garden and enjoy it again.

  6. Enjoyed this round up…. some very cute ideas!

  7. The cans with the window are my favorite. Redoing the deck this year and need a planter for fresh herbs. Adding a little shelf to a window and the herbs under would work really well. Great ideas.

  8. The copper are my favorite! I have much better results with I plant herbs in the ground than in containers. Thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

    • The copper ones are lovely. Unfortunately there isn’t anywhere suitable to plant herbs in my garden.

  9. I love the colored cans – guess I’ll be saving some cans now! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY Party

  10. These are all such neat ideas! I really like the rainbow ones because I like colorful things. 🙂 Love the idea of having the chalkboard stuff on the side you can label and re-label as needed too!

    • Thank you, maybe you could combine the rainbow with the chalkboard.

  11. I am a sucker for the rainbow ones !! I love reusing and recycling

  12. Hi, I love your ideas of cans for plants, I also cant seem to keep the herbs alive in the tin cans, I really like your dented cans and the spray paint. I think a few aloes in my tins could work very nicely, thanks so much for the great idea. From Firefly Farm Adventures –

    • Thank you, I actually have some aloes in cans on my kitchen window sill

  13. You had me at rainbow! Those are so beautiful, I love the colors. Thanks for sharing on the #wastelesswednesday blog hop!

  14. Love the colorful row of painted cans! Thanks for sharing with us at Creatively Crafty #ccbg 🙂

  15. My favorites are the colorful ones in the pallet trough, I just love color!! The copper ones are amazing too and copper is trending this year in home decor 🙂 Thank you for joining us for our first Create and Celebrate 🙂

  16. Hi! I’m one of the co-hosts of the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Up. I love these pretty planters, especially the copper ones and the birchwood ones. Thank You for sharing!

  17. Really cute upcycle. I’d love for you to join our link up To Grandmas House We Go.

  18. These are all wonderful ideas! I really like the ones painted copper with the chalkboard labels, so clever!

  19. What a fun and creative idea. Love it!

  20. I love it that you’re a herb-killer too (I thought it was just me!). I like them all – how can you pick a favourite?? xx

  21. Love all of these projects! Such great repurposing ideas for tin cans.

  22. Hi there, popping over from the Wonderful Wednesday hop! I love your can altering ideas! I am all for recycling but picky about how things look too…these are perfect ideas for the picky among us! LOL. Like everyone else, I’m obsessed with everything copper but the decoupaged cans are an amazing idea too!

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