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Recycled can plant holder

After collecting a few coffee cans I made up a plant holder for outside the front door. Since the front door is red I painted the cans with Rust-Oleum 2X satin poppy red to match the door.

 

The recycled cans are mounted on a piece of reclaimed fencing that I managed to get my hands on for free! 

 

Use a hammer and large nail to make holes in the bottom of each can. I kept the lids for the cans and will be putting these back on the base to catch excess water that drains from the cans. Also make a single hole close to the top of the can so that you can screw the can to the wood plank back. 

The cans were sprayed with Rust-Oleum 2X satin poppy red. My front door is red and I thought it might be nice to add a red accent to the entrance area. You will find a wide range of Rust-Oleum gloss and satin colours at your local Builders.

Once dry the cans were roughly sanded with 80-grit sandpaper and rubbed down with Woodoc gel stain. This gives the cans a vintage, aged look. 

For proper drainage the bottom third of the cans were filled with nut shells, but you can use gravel or small pebbles as a substitute. I don't want the cans the drip water down the walls every time I water them, so the shells will prevent the roots from getting water-logged. 

To add a decorative touch to the cans I cut some burlap into strips, frayed the edges and use a glue gun to attach these around the cans. I also made a bow, sprayed this poppy red and glued onto the front.

Add a picture hanger to the top of the back board for mounting onto the wall.  

Use a small screw to attach the cans to the board and hang on the wall. 

 

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