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Tin Can Planters

By: Creatively Beth
May 21, 2021

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Tin Can Planters
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I love crafting straight out of the recycle bin. This front porch herb garden takes repurposing vegetable and soup tin cans to the next level to create a bright, colorful (and yummy) addition to outdoor décor just in time for Summer! This rainbow inspired project is effortless with DecoArt® Patio Paint Outdoor™ now available at Shop.DecoArt.com  

Create durable outdoor pieces with DecoArt® Patio Paint Outdoor™ acrylics which are water-based and non-toxic for easy clean-up. Patio Paint Outdoor provides excellent adhesion to exterior surfaces such as concrete, terra cotta, masonry, and wood.  Weather-proof, so no sealer is required for a durable, long-lasting satin finish that will not crack or peel.  Available in 76 vibrant colors, 3 metallics, 5 neon colors, and proudly made in the USA.

Items needed:

  • Patio Paint 2oz - Cloud White
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Geranium Red
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Azalea
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Pumpkin
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Apple Green
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Blue Bahama
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Blue Jay
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Petunia Purple
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Desert Turquoise
  • Patio Paint 2oz - Sunshine Yellow
  • DecoArt® Traditions Paintbrush, size 1” Flat
  • Recycled Vegetable and Soup Cans – 9
  • Variety of Herb Plants - 9
  • Paper Plate or Palette Paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Container with Water – to wash paintbrushes
  • Drill with Bit and Driver
  • Exterior Screws

Instructions:

To begin the herb garden, remove the labels from the cans, then wash and dry thoroughly. Basecoat each can with DecoArt® Patio Paint Outdoor™ in Cloud White using a flat paintbrush. Let dry and apply a second coat if necessary.  The white basecoat will allow the bright topcoat colors to really pop! Patio Paint Outdoor has a superior flow and is self-leveling, so it will dry smooth.

Instruction #1 - 04-21 Upcycled Front Porch Herb Garden with Patio Paint Outdoor Beth Watson PHOTO 4
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Once the white basecoat is dry, apply one coat of DecoArt® Patio Paint Outdoor™ in different colors on each can. I used Geranium Red, Azalea, Pumpkin, Sunshine Yellow, Apple Green, Blue Bahama, Desert Turquoise, Blue Jay, and Petunia Purple to each a wonderful rainbow! Let dry and apply a second coat if necessary. Use a paper plate or palette paper to organize the paint colors.

Instruction #2 - 04-21 Upcycled Front Porch Herb Garden with Patio Paint Outdoor Beth Watson PHOTO 5
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Using a drill and drill bit create a hole in the bottom center of each can for drainage. Drill a second hole at the back top edge of each recycled can to hang it.

Instruction #3 - 04-21 Upcycled Front Porch Herb Garden with Patio Paint Outdoor Beth Watson PHOTO 6
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Attach the recycled cans to the front porch fence using the vertical pickets and the horizontal bracing as guides. Drill a small pilot hole into the wood, then insert an exterior screw into the hole and screw into the wooden fence picket. I did a grid in rainbow order, three cans wide by three cans tall using the colors red through pink.

Instruction #4 - 04-21 Upcycled Front Porch Herb Garden with Patio Paint Outdoor Beth Watson PHOTO 7
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Remove each herb plant from its pot, squeeze the dirt and roots a bit to break them up, and then insert them into each recycled can. Press dirt down to secure the plant.

Instruction #5 - 04-21 Upcycled Front Porch Herb Garden with Patio Paint Outdoor Beth Watson PHOTO 8
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I love the bright pops of color that the DecoArt® Patio Paint™ adds to this recycle bin project. This herb garden was quick to complete in just about an hour with limited supplies. I cannot wait to pick some fresh basil leaves for my next Caprese salad. What is your favorite herb to cook with? Comment below!

Instruction #6 - 04-21 Upcycled Front Porch Herb Garden with Patio Paint Outdoor Beth Watson PHOTO 970
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