DIY Planter: Upcycling Empty Paint Cans

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

Materials Needed – Paint Can Planter

– Empty Paint Can – Scouring Pad – Spray Paint – Mod Podge – Gloss – Drop Cloth – Paint Brush

Step 1: Clean out your Empty Paint Can

If your paint can is really old, this step can be very easy, as old dried paint often peels off in large pieces. I used a scouring pad for the dried-on bits.

Step 2: Create Drainage in your Planter

To accomplish this in my paint, I drilled 4 small holes around the bottom.

Step 3: Paint your Paint Can!

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

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 Mod 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.