Recycled flower caddy

We're always on the look out for new ways to recycle, and this tin can flower caddy is a lovely way to re-purpose old tin cans and make a pretty flower container for the patio.



Tin cans
Block of scrap pine
Impact or rotary drill - >550W
Hole saw - 6cm diameter
2mm and 8mm HSS bit
Tape measure
Steel screws
120- and 180-grit sandpaper




1. Use a pencil and tape measure to determine the centre of the board and then use the drill and hole saw to cut out a hole in the top of the board.

DIY Tip:
For a neat finish on both sides, place the board on top of another board when cutting out the hole, and be sure to clamp both boards securely to your workbench, as they may spin.

2. Sand the edges of the board and cut out hole with 120-grit sandpaper to smooth away any loose splinters and then apply two coats of white acrylic PVA, allowing this to dry and then lightly sanding with 180-grit sanding paper..

3. Use the drill and an 8mm HSS bit to drill holes into the bottom of each time for drainage.

DIY Tip:
Hold the tins securely while you drill and apply gentle pressure with the drill to prevent denting the holes too much.

4. To assemble the caddy, 2mm pilot holes were drilled into each can and then screws were driven in at a slight angle