What’s not to love about upcycling? Turning something that was destined for the trash into an item you might have bought from a shop (and paid good money for it!) is quite the thrill. There’s not a lot of tin cans going through our house but when there is, I always make sure I stash it. They’re so useful DIY-wise! This upcycled tin can planter is super simple to make. Pro tip: do not put your fingers in hot glue… Yes, I get excited and impatient too. Use that excitement for blowing on the glue!
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For this Upcycled Tin Can Planter, you’ll need…
1 To begin, apply a few coats of white paint to your clean tin can. Once it has dried, heat up your glue gun and start gluing raffia straws to the bottom of the can. You need to glue enough that they will cover up the sides of the tin can so you probably will have to add layers and spread them evenly.
2 Once you’re done attaching the raffia to the bottom of the tin can, you can turn it over. Bring the raffia strands from the bottom over the top rim. Apply some glue over the rim and a little bit on the inside of the can. Wait until the glue has cooled down! I went and put my fingers in there (repeatedly, for some reason) and still have the red fingertips to show for it… When the glue has cooled, bring the raffia over the rim and press it into the glue. Continue around the tin can until all the raffia has been glued.
3 Next, braid some strands of raffia together. You’ll have to create 2 braids, one for the top and one for the bottom. Cut them to size and glue them around the tin can like in the picture.
4 After you have glued your 2 braids, turn the tin can over and glue 3 wooden beads. I used 1″ beads for this. Spread them in a triangle pattern and make sure you glue them quite close to the edge so that you can see them when the planter is turned right side up.
That’s it, you can insert a small plant in the upcycled planter. My dwarf palm bush lives in there now and seems quite content!