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Cute DIY Hanging Tin & Soda Can Planters

I love to repurpose and upcycle the things around me, especially what others would consider trash. With my latest project, I have made some cute repurposed tin and soda can planters.

I have made many different types of tin can planters in the past, such as my beautiful Marimekko planters. But these planters are different, as they are hanging planters. Also, the shape of the cans has been altered, so that they hang better.

I’ve made hanging soda can planters and planters out of food cans. Both are made in virtually the same way.

These planters have a wire handle and can simply be hung from a nail. But I did make a wooden hanger and put my house number on the planters. When planted with succulents, this makes a cute display outside the front of my home.

This is a very easy and affordable craft. The planters cost almost nothing to make and don’t require any specialist tools.

What You Need To Make Soda Can Planters

  • Empty soda cans or beer cans. I just used standard 330ml coke cans. Use bigger or smaller cans to make bigger or smaller planters.
  • Tin can opener, pliers and scissors
  • Old wire or craft wire
  • White paint
  • Paper napkins
  • Mod Podge / decoupage glue
  • Acrylic Sealer
Empty soda cans

How to Cut Up A Soda Can

Step 1: First, using a tin opener, take off the top of the soda can. With a good standard home tin can opener, this should be very easy to do.

The lid should come off cleanly, but if there are any sharp edges, just dull them with a file.

Taking the top off a coke can

Step 2: Next, with the tip of some sharp scissors, pierce the bottom of the soda can. Go as close to the base as you can. Then cut away the base.

If you haven’t cut tin with a pair of scissors before, you will be surprised at how easy it is. It’s almost as easy as cutting paper. Don’t worry about any sharp edges at this stage.

Cutting the base off a soda can

Step 3: Next, flatten the bottom of the soda can, so that the cut edges meet. Then using a pair of pliers, fold up the squashed edge by about 5mm.

Folding the bottom edge can hide any sharp edges. It also makes the bottom of the can more leakproof. It won’t make the soda can planter completely watertight though.

This is a good thing, as it allows for drainage in case you overwater your succulents.

Squashing the base
Folding up the base of the planter

Step 4: Then using an awl, pierce a hole in the top of the soda can near the lip. Then place another hole directly opposite. After decorating the cans, you will be able to thread a length of wire through the holes, to make a wire handle.

piercing a hole in the top

Using Food Cans

Step 5: If using food cans, remove the top and bottom of the food can with a tin opener. Then squash the bottom of the can, so the edges meet.

Food cans are harder than soda cans to squash. I recommend using a hammer to flatten the base. There are no sharp edges with the base of the food can, so no need to fold over the flattened edge.

Squashed food can to make a planter

Decorating the Soda Can Planters

Step 6: The planters can be decorated with paint or decoupage. I decorated the soda can planters with Marimekko paper napkins. I had some leftover from other Marimekko crafts I’d made. Also, I just love their patterns and designs.

First, I painted the soda cans white so that the cans logo wouldn’t show through.

Painting cans white

I then used the paper napkins to decoupage the cans. Cover the can in Mod Podge. Separating the napkin layers so that only the top layer is used.

Cover the can in the paper napkin. Use some screwed up plastic wrap to push the napkin onto the tin.

Pasting can in Mod Podge
Separating the napkin layers
Decoupaging a Soda Can
decoupaging-soda-can

Step 7: When the paper napkin has dried, sand off any overlap. Then cover the outside of the napkins in another layer of Mod Podge, to provide protection.

Decorating The Food Can Planters

Step 8: I painted the food can with a white undercoat I then painted them a variety of blue colours just using some paint sample pots I had.

When the paint had dried on the tin cans, I decoupaged a number on the front. My house number is 153, so I painted and decoupaged 3 planters with the numbers 1, 5 and 3.

Painting food cans blue
Number can planters
Numbered cans

You can download the sheet of numbers I used here.

Finishing Off The Tin And Soda Can Planters

Step 9: Use a length of wire to make a hanging handle for the can planters. Thread the wire through the punched hole in the top of the can. Then secure the wire in place by twisting it with some pliers.

If hanging the planters outside, spray them with acrylic varnish to protect them from the elements.

Fixing wire
Hanging tin can planter

Planting The Soda Can Planters

Step 10: Finally, plant up your soda can planters with either succulents or flowers. As mentioned before the base of the planters will let some water through. This is a good thing as it will aid drainage, in case you overwater your plants.

I also add a layer of small stones in the bottom of the cans to help with water drainage. The stones also give the planters a bit of weight which makes them more stable.

I’m no expert when it comes to planting succulents, but there are some great expert tips here.

Planting succulents
Adding gravel
Hanging tin can numbered planter
Soda can planters

Hanging The Planters

All that is left to do is to hang the planters. They can be hung on a nail on the wall, or you can make a simple wooden hanger using scrap wood and knobs.

I think that the planters look good hung together in groups of three. They can be hung vertically or horizontally, depending on the space you want to fill. Because the cans have been flattened, they hang better than if they were left unsquashed.

Soda can planters hanging on nails
Marimekko Soda Can planters

The Numbered Planters

My house number is 153, so I hang the numbered planters in that order. I just can’t decide which way to hang them.

Tin can planters
Horizontal house number succulent planter

This is not the first time I have squashed and upcycled tin cans and used them as planters, you should check out these crushed tin can planters made to look like pineapples.

Other tin can planter ideas include these seed packet planters and these colourful planters. Another use for cans is to use them to make wind chimes.

Yield: Upcycled hanging soda can planters

Hanging Soda Can Planters

Marimekko Soda Can planters

A step by step tutorial on how to make hanging soda can planters from upcycled coke and beer cans. The post also includes a tutorial for food can planters that can be used to display the number of your home.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $1

Materials

  • Old soda cans, coke cans or beer cans
  • Wire for hanging
  • Paper napkins for decoration
  • Paint
  • Decoupage glue such as Mod Podge
  • Acrylic spray varnish

Tools

  • Tin opener
  • Scissors
  • Awl or sharp object for punching holes
  • Pliers

Instructions

  1. First, using a tin can opener, take the top off the soda can. File any sharp edges.
  2. Next, using a pair of scissors cut away the base of the soda can. You should have a soda can tube open at both ends.
  3. Squash the base of the can so that the bottom edges touch. Then using the pliers, fold over the bottom to hide any sharp edges.
  4. Using the awl, punch two holes into the top of the soda can. Just below the lip and the same distance apart.
  5. Next, paint the can with a white undercoat. This is to hide the printed logo on the can.
  6. Then using Mod Podge and a paper napkin, decoupage the tin can. Once the glue has dried, remove any excess paper napkins by sanding the edges.
  7. Thread a length of wire through the holes to make a wire handle. Use pliers to secure the wire.
  8. Spray the soda can planter with acrylic spray varnish to protect it.
  9. Finally, plant the succulents. Use a base layer of gravel before adding the soil.
Upcycled hanging succulent planters

You can find many more green craft ideas here.

creativejewishmom/sara

Friday 13th of August 2021

wow, wow, wow, another amazing project! I don't think you linked to this on craft schooling sunday, but i can't resist sharing it, totally up my alley even if currently my fingers are covered in matte medium and i'm doing paper collage.

Claire Armstrong

Friday 13th of August 2021

Thank you so much Sara. I'm not sure if I linked either sometimes I forget. I love paper collage.

Kerryanne

Friday 13th of August 2021

What a fun and clever upcycle Claire. Thank you for sharing your soda can planters at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather this week. I'm delighted to be featuring this project at tonight's party and pinning too. Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Claire Armstrong

Friday 13th of August 2021

Thank you so much, and that is awesome about the feature.

Donna @ Modern on Monticello

Wednesday 11th of August 2021

Great project - and good for the environment too. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. #HomeMattersParty

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 12th of August 2021

Cheers, thank you so much. They were fun to make.

Michelle Leslie

Sunday 8th of August 2021

What a great idea to use the squished can planters as a house number. Love how they turned out, Claire

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 8th of August 2021

Thanks, Michelle, I know you like a squished can planter too.

Cecilia

Sunday 8th of August 2021

Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 8th of August 2021

Thank you so much.

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