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Published on June 27th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe


How-to: Tin Can Planter

DIY Succulent Planter

Succulents are awesome, aren’t they? Once you establish them, they’re pretty low-maintenance, and though they prefer direct sunlight they will do fine in a sunny window. Their low watering needs make them great little house plants. Of course, you want your house plants to also reflect your green crafty ideals, right? Store-bought planters are cute, but they can be pricey and they’re definitely not as eco-friendly as whipping up a planter from reclaimed materials.

As simplicity goes, this tin can planter is really as easy as it gets! If you’re not into planting succulents, you can also use other small space plants like herbs or flowers. You could even cluster together a bunch of tin can pots with herbs in them to create a miniature indoor herb garden! Who says you need a back yard to grow your own food?

Ready to whip up a simple little tin can planter? Here’s how!

Tin Can Planter


  • tin can
  • drill with 1/4″ metal bit
  • pebbles
  • potting soil
  • small plant of your choice
  • small plate or tray – I used an old saucer from a mismatched tea set


1. Clean your can out and remove the label, if you don’t like it. If your can is not as pretty as you’d like, decorate it and let it dry before you start.

drilling holes

2. Drill 5 drainage holes in the bottom of your can.

3. Fill the can up about 1/4 of the way with pebbles. This will create good drainage for your plant.

4. Fill your can the rest of the way with potting mix and you’re ready to plant!

5. Use a rag to gently wipe any soil off of the can’s lip, so it looks nice and clean.

tin can planter done

6. Put your small plate or tray under your pot, so excess water and dirt won’t get all over the table when it drains.

Need more container gardening inspiration? Julie shared some simple, DIY plant pots back in April!

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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