Tutorial + How-to Upcycle a Metal Tin into a Chalkboard Planter!

Published on April 4th, 2013 | by Bonnie Getchell

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Upcycle a Metal Tin into a Chalkboard Planter!

Upcycle a Metal Tin into a Chalkboard Planter!

If you’re looking for a colorful planter that will spruce up your porch or patio, I have an awesome project for you!

What You Will Need:

1. A metal tin like the one I used in the popcorn tin trash can project. I found mine at a thrift store.

2. Spray paint. Spray paint isn’t the greenest crafting supply, so opt for a low VOC paint, if you can.

3. A plant

4. Drill or hammer/nail

5. Chalkboard paint

6. Chalk

7. Painter’s tape

8. Recycled newspaper or other recycled paper

How To Do It:

1. Clean your metal tin.

2. Spray paint the tin. Remember, several light coats will give you the best results. One heavy coat can give you drips in the paint! Before moving on to the next step, I would recommend letting your tin dry for 24 hours, otherwise your painter’s tape may peel off the paint when you do the chalkboard section (I know this because it happened to me).

Upcycle a Metal Tin into a Chalkboard Planter!

3. Tape off a section of your tin with your painter’s tape– this will become the chalkboard area. Then, add newspaper or recycled paper around the edges to prevent over-spray.

Upcycle a Metal Tin into a Chalkboard Planter!

4. Spray the area with your chalkboard paint.

5. Once your tin is dry, drill a few holes in the bottom of your tin (this will allow water to escape your tin). If you don’t have a drill, use a hammer and nail to make the holes.

Follow the directions on your chalkboard spray paint can as far as cure time and writing on the chalkboard goes. Then, write your favorite phrase! Add a plant and your planter is ready to go! I put mine on an old chair that I turned into a plant holder.

Upcycle a Metal Tin into a Chalkboard Planter!

If you’re looking for other crafty ways to spruce up your porch or patio, check out these eco-friendly indoor planters or this outdoor style post from Feelgood Style! Oh, and don’t forget to reuse the tin lid too — you can make it into a magnetic memo board!


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About the Author

Hello! I'm Bonnie -- a craft nerd, musician, writer, furniture and vintage lover, crafter, and diyer! If you would like to learn more about me, I also have my own blog, Revolutionaries, where I write about more craft projects, furniture redos, and my faith! You can also find me on , Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.



One Response to Upcycle a Metal Tin into a Chalkboard Planter!

  1. Oh my gosh, soooo cute!!! I love it!

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