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How To Make Trendy Upcycled Planters With Velvet

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.

DIY Boho Tin Can & Velvet 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 great with today’s contemporary Boho interior trends.

This velvet upcycle is featured in the alphabet of clever upcycles.

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 glueing 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 overhang 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 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. yoghurt 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 desktop storage pots too.

If you have any scraps of velvet ribbon left you can use them to make some luxury DIY napkin rings.

velvet ribbon planters in oranges and purples

I’ve also made a DIY floor pouffe 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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Julie Briones

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

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

Claire Armstrong

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

Thank you, Julie. Don't worry I will be there!


Monday 4th of March 2019

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

Claire Armstrong

Monday 4th of March 2019

Thank you so much. I’ll take a look.


Sunday 3rd of March 2019

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

Claire Armstrong

Sunday 3rd of March 2019

Thank you, Cecilia.

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Thursday 28th of February 2019

I love these, so cheerful and pretty. Amalia xo

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 28th of February 2019

Thank you so much ?