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If you have been a reader of The Crafted Sparrow for any length of time then you know I’m a huge fan of using what I already have on hand to accessorize my home. These Painted Tin Can Pots are the perfect example!
My hubby has been bringing home so many of these gallon sized tin cans he recycles from his restaurant when they throw them away. He has taken up gardening and is planting things left and right lately. I love the idea of re-using them, but I just couldn’t look at the boring tin can anymore. This is where my DecoArt Patio Paints came in to action. I decided to make some outdoor planters to spruce up our front porch, and a couple for in the house to freshen up my decor.
– DecoArt Patio Paint outdoor
– Foam brushes
– Painters tape
– Gold spray paint
For this project I stuck with bright summer colors that already worked with some of our outdoor decor.
First thing I did was spray paint all the tin cans gold, I thought the gold would be fun mixed with the bright summer colors.
After the paint was dry I used some painters tape to create stripes on my cans. You can do any design you want: polka dots, stripes, color blocked, or a different pattern.
Using your foam brush apply 2 – 3 coats of each color where you want it. Peel away the painters tape before it’s completely dry so you don’t accidentally peel up paint.
That’s it, your set to plant. You can drill drain holes in the bottom if they will be used for outdoor planting like these ones.
This was such a great way to add a pop of color to our front porch for free since I already had the paint on hand. We want to spruce this space up soon but for now these cute planters add character and the color I wanted.
Like I said I also painted a couple for inside the house to use with my decor. I love how they look with my favorite Ikea greenery. It’s such a great way to add some character to a space on a budget.
Bonnie @ Uncommon Designs says
Love these Rebecca!!!
Leigh Anne says
So FANTASTIC! I pinned and shared on Google+ 🙂
Did you put holes in the bottom so water could drain?
I did on the outdoor planters with a drill and small drill bit. The indoor ones no since they have artificial plants in them. 🙂
This is perfect for all the coffee tins I have laying around! The white and gold one I love!
Thanks Leanne. 🙂
Liz @ Liz on Call says
These are beautiful! Perfect on your porch.
Thanks friend! Good seeing you last week even if it was only for a few minutes.
Desiree @ The 36th Avenue says
I love this so much! I am featuring you tomorrow… Thank you for linking up with The Party Bunch!!! Desiree
I love this idea…these are soooo super cute! Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Tisa. Have a great week.
LOVE LOVE LOVE! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Thanks Emily! Have a super week!
Thanks Malia. 🙂
Those look really attractive. I’m calling my friend who owns a restaurant tonight!
Thank you Bonnie! Have a great weekend.
Love these! Didn’t you have to line them before you used them as a planter? Just curious as I thought I’d have to line it so it wouldn’t rust out from the bottom?
Hi Ruth. I didn’t line them, but that is definitely an option. Mine have rusted but I actually like the rusted look so it doesn’t bother me too much. They do have drain holes. As for the ones I use indoors I only use fake plants in them since I have a bit of a black thumb. Have a super weekend! 🙂
Emily Glynn says
Just wondering how to keep the cans from rusting…….I absolutely love the idea and the cans are beautiful. Can’t wait to see new ideas!!! Thanks,
Hi Emily. Well to be completely honest I never gave the rust option much thought. I have quiet the black thumb generally when it comes to gardening. For the outdoor cans though some people have suggested using a plastic liner. Mine have developed some rust on the outside bottoms of the cans which I actually like the look of so it doesn’t bother me. And my plants seem to be doing fine in them. I have currently planted elephant bush succulents in them and they are holding up really well. 🙂 Have a super weekend.
Zandra Zuraw says
These are sooo sweet! I think using gold (either with the colors or with the white) really transforms the cans. And I do especially like your interior vignette with the white and gold objects 🙂
Thanks so much Zandra! You are so sweet. The white and gold combo is definitely a favorite of mine right now. Have a super weekend.
These are great! They add some great color to your porch. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Kristi! 🙂 Have a super weekend.
Tara @ Anything & Everything says
I absolutely love these! Great idea! I love them so much, I am including them in my Fabulous Finds Friday this week!
Thanks Tara! So sweet of you. Have a great week.
norma assante says
when you apply the painter’s tape, are you preserving the gold under it? and then spraying what is not covered? then is the result…where you placed the painter’s tape and later removed, leave you with gold that you covered? i am not getting the procedure.
Hi Norma. First I spray painted the cans gold yes, then I applied the painters tape over the gold to create my design/pattern/stripes. Then for this particular project I used a brush on acrylic paint to paint my second color choice, you could use a spray paint as well. Once the paint is dry remove the tape. Hope that helps. 🙂
Thanks so much for sharing this idea. It is wonderful. I can envision doing this with smaller cans too. I was going going to try to cover the 14-16 oz size cans in fabric – to use as pencil and pen holders in my bedroom. But, I like your idea so much better and it is really striking and I am sure much easier than what I was going to do!
Thanks Trudy. You will love them!
This is a wonderful idea. For a added touch you can place one coffee filter sheet after drilling holes and before placing in soil. This will keep the soil from leaking out. 🙂
Thanks Brittani, great idea. 🙂
Awesome Idea! I absolutely admire the way that you respect everyone’s opinion and respond to each comment, no exceptions.
Thank you Mark. Hope you have a great week, and thanks again for the kind words! 🙂
Trucos y Astucias says
Hello! We shared this repurposed idea in the post: 18 floreros que puedes hacer con manualidades
Thanks for your work!
Very useful and beautiful ideas. I will try to do it at home. 😀
Thanks Bianna. 🙂
Did you have to prime the tins before you spray painted them?
Hi Bridget. No, you don’t have to prime the cans first…but if you want to you can. It will only help to make the painting a bit easier. 🙂