Tin Can Planter

It's grow time! Upcycle a tin can into a painted DIY planter for Earth Day, springtime, or any occasion.

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  • Crayola Acrylic Paint
  • Crayola Paint Brush
  • Crayola Take Note Permanent Markers
  • Upcycled Tin Can
  • Disposable Plate
  • Topsoil
  • Flowers

CIY Staff Tips:

  • Be careful of any uneven edges on the tin can. Adult assistance required.
  • Mix paint colours together with paint brush to create different colours or shades!
  • Save any leftover paint for more DIY craft projects.
  • Check out our other upcycled craft projects for Earth Day or any day!


Step 1

Cover tin can with paint. Dry 1–2 hours. Add second coat. Dry 1–2 hours.

Step 2

Pour additional paint colours onto disposable plate.

Step 3

Paint nature background or landscape on tin can. Dry 1–2 hours.

Step 4

Add details with markers.

Step 5

Fill tin can with topsoil and plant flower.

Step 6

Create a collection of cans with your favourite scenes from nature!

  • Occasion:

    • Spring,

    • Garden & Outdoor,

    • Upcycle Craft Ideas,

    • Earth Day,

    • Teacher Gift Ideas

  • Age:

    • 6+,

    • 8+,

    • Tween+,

    • Adult

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