DIY Planter: Upcycling Empty Paint Cans

Save your empty paint cans from disposal and upcycle them into decorative planters using leaves or petals.


– Empty paint can – Scouring pad – Spray paint – Mod Podge – Gloss – Drop cloth – Paint brush – Drill

Step 1: Clean out your Empty Paint Can

Even if you used up the whole can for your painting project there will still be paint dried up along the sides and bottom of your paint can, it’s just inevitable.

Step 2: Create Drainage in your Planter

Any planter needs some drainage. To accomplish this in my paint can I drilled 4 small holes around the bottom.

Lay down a drop cloth so you don’t make a mess and paint your can the color of your choice, but don’t paint the inside.

Step 3: Paint your Paint Can!

Step 4: Decorate your Paint Can

This next step is the fun bit. You can pick whatever you like as decoration for your paint can planter and use a modge podge to affix it to your paint can.

Step 5: Varnish your Paint Can

The last step is to apply a finishing varnish or gloss to seal and cover your work.

The pot will inevitably get wet when being watered so you want to make sure your decoration is protected.