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DIY Planters: Using Something You Already Have

Hello City Farmhouse Friends! It’s Emily here from The Wicker House, and I’m so happy to be back here contributing for another fresh new year. It’s always a pleasure to be here, my head is already spinning with projects and ideas that I can’t wait to share with you.

This project that I’ve chosen to show you today is something that is not only simple to make, but it is also a good way to show the planet you care. By reusing a couple of old coffee cans, I have made these beautiful buckets that are perfect for holding potted plants.

DIY Planters-using something you already have

DIY Farmhouse Plant Holders

So I’m a big coffee drinker. I gotta have my coffee every morning before I can start the day. Are you a coffee drinker too? If not, find a friend who is and have them save their coffee cans for you so that you can make this project too.

I buy my coffee from Costco and lately I have really been enjoying this Kirkland brand one. However, when my coffee is all gone, I have had a hard time throwing away the cans. I just felt like there was something cool I could create with them.

So after much thought, I came up with the idea of turning them into decorative buckets.  And to be honest, I did not think they would turn out as cute as they did. That’s why I wanted to share the instructions with you today so you can make some too.

DIY Farmhouse Plant Holders

The first step is to remove the label which peels off easily but it leaves a sticky residue behind.  Using  some dish soap, a razor blade, and some hard scrubbing I was able to remove it. Once the cans were clean and dried and free from residue, I spray painted them with a white gloss spray paint.

DIY Farmhouse Plant Holders

Next, using a 3/8 inch drill bit, I drilled a hole 1 1/2 inches from the top on each side of the can. These holes are for the rope handle to go through.

DIY Farmhouse Plant Holders

Now it’s time to decorate the cans. At first I tried to paint on blue stripes, but they ended up looking sloppy, so I just painted over them with white paint.  When I re-painted the cans I went with a semi-gloss white latex paint, so that is the reason why the sheen looks duller now compared to the picture above.  Go with whatever sheen you prefer, but just note, the can does need to be painted in spray paint first for the paint to adhere to the metal.   I painted my cans white, but these could obviously be painted in any color you want.

DIY Farmhouse Plant Holders

To decorate my cans, I went to my craft drawer and pulled out some clothesline rope and a couple strands of seashell necklaces.  Running my hot glue gun down into the creases of the can, I glued the rope and shells into place. I began each row on the side of the can so that the seems would not be as noticeable. I sealed the ends of the rope with a dab of hot glue, and I tied a knot on the ends of the shell necklaces to help secure them.

DIY Farmhouse Plant Holders

I then created a handle for my bucket by using 2 feet of rope. I fed the rope through the holes that I drilled and then tied a knot to the ends of the rope on the inside of the can.

DIY Farmhouse Plant Holders

These buckets could be used for holding lots of different things, but I like the idea of using them for my potted plants.

DIY Farmhouse Plant Holders

I have placed these buckets on the mantel in our living room. and think they turned out great!

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So what do you think? Will you be making some Coffee can plant holders? I hope so!
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Thanks City Farmhouse for having me over today, It’s been fun!


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  1. I really love the wall paint color where you have styled you mantle! Could you share the name and brand of that lovely pale blue shade please ? Your coffee can planters are great too! Did you drill some drainage holes in the bottom? Thanks for the inspiration!

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