How To Make Trendy Upcycled Planters With Velvet

DIY Boho Tin Can & Velvet Upcycled Planters

Velvet is one of my favourite fabrics. Last year I had lovely velvet curtains made for my front room and I covert a velvet sofa. However, that is on hold for now. In the meantime I have made some indoor upcycled planters in velvet for my home.

One of my favourite things to do with old tin cans is to repurpose them into planters. I’ve made Marimekko decorative tin can planters and a recycled jean planter in the past. This time I used coloured velvet ribbon to make tin can upcycled planters.

Velvet ribbon is very affordable and comes in lots of lovely colours in different widths. So it’s easy to design and make velvet upcycled planters to fit your particular decor. These indoor planters look create with today’s contemporary Boho interior trends.

Velvet and tin can indoor planters

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What You Need To Velvet Upcycled Planters

  • Velvet ribbon in various thicknesses and colours. Can’t decide on what colours Amazon sell bundles of ribbons in multiple colours.
  • Gorilla Glue Superglue Gel – I used this glue as it doesn’t run.
  • Tin cans – Just use a can that is the right size for you such as soup cans, coffee cans, nut cans etc..
  • Spray paint
What you need to make velvet upcycled planters

How To Make Velvet Upcycled Planters

1. Clean the tin cans and spray paint them in a similar colour to the velvet ribbon that you are going to use. This is optional, however, I do think it gives the upcycled planters a better finish.
spray painting tin cans orange

2. Next, measure the circumference of the tin can. I normally add a couple of mm to this measurement to allow for a tiny overlap. Cut the ribbon you are going to use to this length. Make sure you have enough strips of velvet ribbon to cover the height of the upcycled planters. I used thick and thin ribbons of similar shades.

Cut velvet ribbon for upcycled indoor planters

3. Next, take your first strip of velvet ribbon and using a small dab of the Gorilla Glue gel stick it to the tin can. Then wrap the ribbon around the can and stick the 2 ends of the ribbon together with the glue. Make sure that you pull the ribbon tightly around the tin can.

Gluing the first ribbon strip to the tin can.
gluing the ends of the velvet ribbon together on  repurposed velvet tin can planter

4. Carry on gluing strips of velvet ribbon until the whole of the tin can is covered. Depending on the size of your tin can you may end up with a bit of over hang on the top of the can.

If this is the case then simply fold the ribbon over the lip of the can and glue it down onto the inside rim. You may need to hold it the ribbon in place with small craft pegs as the glue dries.

gluing ribbon over the rim of the tin can
Velvet and tin can diy indoor planter.

5. If you want to neaten up the back of the upcycled planters where the ribbons join, just glue a strip of ribbon down the length of the tin can. Like I did with the recycled jean planter.

6. To help with drainage I actually plant my indoor plants in a plastic pot with holes in the bottom and then place this inside the velvet tin can. yogurt pots cut down to size are great for this. A gravel layer in the pot also helps with drainage.

Yogurt pot planter
Velvet upcycled planters with tin cans

I had fun making these upcycled planters I made them in a variety of colours to match my Harlequin Amazilia velvet curtains. Not only do these upcycled velvet tin cans make great indoor planters they would make great desk top storage pots too.

velvet ribbon planters in oranges and purples

I’ve also made a DIY floor pouf in velvet to match my curtains.

If you liked this post you may want to check out these other indoor planter ideas too.

Colourful Tin can Planters

Moroccan Planters

Gold Crushed Planters

Leather Pen Pot

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24 Responses

  1. Just lovely, Claire! And such an easy DIY, too! Love me some velvet! Would love to have you at Homestyle Gathering!

  2. This looks awesome 🙂 I love decorating planters & I have few tutorials shared on my blog as well.

  3. I love the velvet ribbon! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  4. I love these, so cheerful and pretty.

  5. Great color combinations and what a fabulous way to recycle. Thanks for visiting us at Creatively Crafty Link Party #CCBG

  6. Amy

    These are so pretty! The velvet is so rich and vibrant. I love hanging on to cans like this and reusing/upcycling them. Thanks so much for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

    • Thank you. I just love the contrast of the humble tin can mixed with luxurious velvet.

  7. My plants will take on a new glow. Thanks for the inspiration

  8. Wow! These planters are oh soooo pretty! Love the colors too. This is going to be my next diy project. Lovely blog you have. Shared! Best.

    • Thank you so much. I’m pleased you like the blog. Good luck with the planters.

  9. Lovely Recycling Idea. I like the colors combination too. Thank you for inspiration.

    • Thank you so much. I’m into that colour combination at the moment and have it in my living room.

  10. These are SO fun, Claire! I love the colors and textures of the ribbon…and you can’t go wrong with a beautiful (and hearty!) succulent! Thanks for the great idea–and for linking up with us this week! xoxo

  11. And here I was thinking that you could never make a planter that was prettier than the denim ones you made last year. I was soooooo wrong Claire. OMW the velvet just adds a whole new dimension to them. They’re gorgeous.

    • Thank you, Michelle. I do love rich velvets and have been crafting a few things in my home with them.

  12. Super pretty! What happens if the velvet gets wet? Does it need to be sprayed with any protectant? Visiting from Funtastic Friday party.

    • Thank you. The planters are designed for indoors so shouldn’t get wet. If you do splash the velvet whilst watering, it should just dry naturally. You could spray with Scotchgard if you want and then any splashed water would just run off.

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