How to Decorate a Tin Can Planter

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Are you searching for tin can craft ideas? I’ve just created one you’re going to love, so let me teach you how to decorate a tin can planter using scrapbook paper.

Creating tin can decorations is a great way to be eco-friendly and save a few bucks on your home decor. Who’s all for recycling and saving money? Count me in!

HOW TO DECORATE A TIN CAN PLANTER

decorated tin can planter with scrapbook paper and faux flowers

I’ve been collecting metal cans for a few months and I’ve managed to save a variety of different sizes for upcoming recycled crafts.

For today’s craft, I’m using a large tin can that once held sweet potatoes. It’s the perfect size for making a planter to hold my faux floral arrangement.

It’s time for another monthly Sustainable Craft Challenge, where my blogger friends and I create an eco-friendly project which we “use it up,” recycle, or upcycle a craft or home decor. Our February theme is “love.” Be sure to click the links at the end of my post to see many more “love” decor and craft ideas!

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SUPPLIES NEEDED:

  • tin can
  • chalk paint
  • Mod Podge
  • 12×12 scrapbook paper (size depends on can size)
  • foam paint brush or artist brush
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • twine
  • burlap fabric
  • white fabric
  • alphabet stamps
  • ink pad
  • pinking shears
  • floral picks
supplies needed for how to decorate a tin can planter craft

supplies needed for stamping alphabet tags for the tin can planter

STEPS FOR MAKING A TIN CAN PLANTER

PREPARE THE TIN CAN FOR PAINTING

Wash with soap, scrub the inside, and dry. Carefully peel the label off to use for later. If it tears, no big deal, we’ll deal with that later.

Heat the glue spots with a hair dryer which will melt the glue enough to wipe off with a paper towel. You can also use rubbing alcohol or fingernail polish remover to remove the glue.

PAINT THE TIN CAN

Use chalk paint on your can because it sticks better that acrylic paint.

Scrapbook paper is thicker and an undercoat isn’t really necessary, so you can just paint the top, bottom, and inside.

However, I wasn’t sure how the Mod Podge would effect the transparency of my mostly white paper, so I painted the whole tin can to be on the safe side.

PREPARE THE SCRAPBOOK PAPER FOR DECOUPAGING

Measure the tin can from top to bottom and mark the paper for cutting. Also, determine the measurement for wrapping the scrapbook paper around the can. Cut the paper.

Don’t forget to exclude the top and bottom lip because that will be showing your coordinating paint color.

I had to add an additional thin paper strip to the back side since my can was more than 12 inches around.

supplies needed to cut the scrapbook paper

ATTACH THE PAPER USING MOD PODGE

Use a foam paint brush or artist brush to apply a coat of Mod Podge to the tin can. It’s easier to work in small sections when attaching the paper.

TIP: Use plastic wrap or a Ziplock bag for pressing and smoothing the paper down.

Once the paper is completely on the tin can, let it air dry for 15 minutes before applying the top coat.

Apply a top coat of Mod Podge and let air dry.

FYI: I checked on the drying process after awhile and I noticed major bubbled section. Oh no! I thought it was ruined, but after it dried overnight the bubbles were all gone. Keep that in mind if you have the same issue.

DECORATING THE TIN CAN PLANTER

MAKE A DECORATIVE TAG

Use the alphabet stamps to make your saying on the fabric. If you haven’t used these stamps before, you should practice first.

I had planned to rip the edges of the fabric, but ended up having to make a decorative edge using pinking shears when the fabric didn’t rip well.

stamped word tags used for decorating the tin can

Once the fabric word is completed, determine the measurement that the burlap should be cut. Add a bit extra to each side so you can pull off 2 strands on each side.

Use Mod Podge to attach the fabric word to the burlap.

ADD TWINE

Wrap twine around the tin can 3 times and tie once in the front. Run one end of twine through a burlap hole, pull tag up towards the top and tie the ends into a bow.

Since the twine is only tied in a bow and not glued, you can make additional tags and easily change out what word you want to use.

ARRANGE THE FLOWERS IN THE TIN CAN PLANTER

Yay, we’re all done! What word tag will you make to hang from your planter decor?

graphic saying pin for later
Graphic for a DIY tin can planter using  scrapbook paper and faux flowers.

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Mimi Blog ~~ Rustic Valentine Heart Garland

Our Good Life ~~ Upcycled Wine Cork Phone Holder

Sharing my tin can planter decor at these fabulous blogs!

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30 thoughts on “How to Decorate a Tin Can Planter”

  1. This is just lovely Allyson, a great upcycle. I like the idea of the tag being changeable for the season or decor, so clever. You could even personalise them with names as a gift couldn’t you? Perfect for Mother’s Day, a new home or on the tables at a summer BBQ 🙂

  2. What a beautiful planter! I love the burlap and fabric addition. It just took it to a whole other level! In our old house in my craft room I created a wall of cardstock wrapped cans that held different supplies. I didn’t re-do it in our new home because I got sick of it, but yours make me give it another thought. I just love the tag! Pinned!

  3. A great upcycle project. Now I need to start saving tin cans (my husband will thank you for that 😉🤣) Seriously though, what a beautiful idea! These can be used for so many different reasons. I love the little tags made of burlap too!

  4. This looks so stylish. You would never believe that it was an old tin can! I particularly love the labels that you made. You could also make this for any event or time of year. Love it!

  5. This is such a cute idea! Perfect to use as a hostess gift or even to fill with flowers for Mother’s Day. Thank you for sharing this post on the Home Imagined Link Party.

  6. This planter is beautiful, the scrabook paper you choose is gorgeous, and I wasn’t aware that you could mod podge scrap paper. Good to know as I find napkins can be fiddly especially if you want to cover something large.

  7. Kathleen, I’m used to thrift store makeovers, but this tin can was my first trash recycle and I was happy with how my tin can planter turned out

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