How to Make Gold Crushed Can DIY Planters

Easy 10 Minute Craft: Crushed Tin Can DIY Planters

I’ve been trawling the shops looking for some lovely planters to match my fun pineapple stenciled table upcycle. (That’s a bit of an exaggeration, I looked in 2 shops!). Could I find any in my price range that I actually liked? NO! Therefore, the only way to go was to make my own DIY planters.
I don’t know why I didn’t think of this in the first place, as it only took me 10 minutes. And the bonus, they cost me almost nothing as I had all the stuff already.
I love my shabby glam table and wanted to accessorise it with a cute succulent in a shabby glam planter. As these days no home seems to be complete without some succulents on display. Well in blog land anyway!
By the way, I’m not sure shabby glam is a thing or something I made up. It’s, however, I knick name I’ve given to the upcycled chippy crafts that I try to add glam to by spraying them with chrome gold paint.
These DIY planters are shabby in that the tin cans are crushed and the glam bit is the chrome gold spray paint. This is such a ridiculously easy, quick and cheap craft.
10 minute planter craft.  Trio of crushed gold can DIY planters.  For that shabby glam look.

10 minute planter craft.  Crushed gold can DIY planters.  For that shabby glam look.
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What you need to make crushed gold DIY planters

What you need to make shabby glam crushed upcycled tin can diy planters.

How to make your DIY Planters

  1. To achieve a sort of crumpled bag look with your tin cans you will need a hammer. I bashed the tin cans in the middle to crush them. Rotating them as I bashed away. This was fun but don’t get too carried away taking your frustrations out on a tin can, you want them to be useable and not a crumpled mess.
    Crushing cans for shabby glam tin can diy planters.

  3. Once you are happy with the way your tin cans look, simply spray with the gold paint.

    If you are looking for a particular kind of gold look then you might want to check out this review of gold paints.

  5. Once dry your DIY planters are ready for your succulents. To help with drainage like with my colourful tin can planters, I put a layer of gravel in the cans before adding compost and plants.


I love my shabby glam DIY planters. Especially with the combination of the gold and the spiky succulents as they kind of look like pineapples. Which makes them perfect for my pineapple stenciled console table.
Shabby glam upcycled crushed gold can diy planter.
Trio of shabby glam upcycled crushed gold can diy planter.
I think they look great on my stencilled console table. I’m really pleased how they turned out, plus I can spend the money on something else now.
10 minute planter craft.  Trio of crushed gold can DIY planters.  For that shabby glam look.
10 minute planter craft.  Trio of crushed gold can DIY planters.  For that shabby glam look.
If you liked this you may want to check out my colourful tin can planters and my upcycled window herb planter.
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  10. These are perfect on top of your table and they do resemble pineapples. Instead of having a cookie the next time I’m frustrated I’ll give some tin cans a whack or two! Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, have a great weekend.

    • Thanks, I like the idea of reaching for the hammer rather than chocolate in times of stress.

  11. These are brilliant, and for next to nothing too – bonus!
    I love your definition of trawling the shops – hyperbole is the best thing ever!

  12. I never would have thought to crush the can. Love the gold! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday. We love your creativity.

  13. Claire these are so quirky fun! And you’re right they look perfect on top of your pineapple table. Who doesn’t love easy peasy?

  14. Wow, Claire, these look SOO good! And it’s so easy! Love it. I featured your post on the Friday Favorites linky party, come have a look:

    I’m looking forward to your next projects!


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  17. creativejewishmom/sara

    Another fantastic project Claire, and love that table too, wow! thanks for sharing on craft schooling sunday!

  18. Renee

    This is so smart, cute, an inexpensive! I love how it looks like a crumpled bag. Great idea! I will have to do this and share you post. Thanks for the great idea!

  19. I love your wallpaper btw! Shabby glam? Why not, Shabby Chic sort of the same idea. Truthfully the smashed part is not something I could live with, but I love the idea of it for someone else and what a great conversation piece, right? They look lovely on your table.

    • Thank you Debbie. I kind of think of Shabby chic as more French white chippy furniture but both kind of very similar. But the end of the day it doesn’t really matter what you call it. I actually have some drinking glasses which are molded into that crumpled bag look which gave me the idea.

  20. Those are so trendy and modern looking! Very creative of you! Thanks for sharing @ #HomeMattersParty

  21. These are so fun, Claire–thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  22. Would never of thought of spraying the cans gold – they look perfect with your Pineapple unit Claire

  23. Lindsay

    I love these! I have been on a kick of taking products and repurposing them. These are perfect! Inexpensive, easy and glam!

  24. Great craft Claire! Saw it on HT. Great work. 🙂

  25. That is so incredibly creative! And it goes perfect on the dresser! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  26. Brilliant idea and look so effective

  27. Awesome! I love it!I love it I am gonna bookmark this page, thanks for sharing. I actually appreciate your own page and I will be sure to come back here. This is a really good post.

  28. I love these! And the gold color is perfect (and gold isn’t even my color!) I may have to figure out a way to add these to my guest room. Thanks for sharing on the Waste Less Wednesday Blog Hop!

    • Thank you! Gold isn’t really my colour either but it has grown on me lately and I love just a hint. You can always try copper.

  29. Good idea! Looking forward to a spray paint project as soon as the weather gets warmer.

  30. Fun, fast, inexpensive and Gold. These would make a really cute gift, to a teacher or girlfriend. What a fun way to share succulent plants that grow in bunches as they mature.

  31. So cute! Gold spray paint is the best! I love those drawer pulls, too.

    • Thank you, the draw pulls were a Christmas present. I have a thing about pineapples!

  32. They are sooo cool! pinning it for future! 🙂


    What a cute idea! I want to make some for my back porch! Pinning this

  34. These are great! I think I like these crushed cans better than the crushed bag planters that are trendy these days. Visiting from Tada Thursday party.

  35. What a fun way to add some glam to any room with your crushed gold cans. So simple, and you could paint them any color you wish, and they make super cute planters. Thanks for sgaring!

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