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Herb Planter Tin Can Crafts

Transform soup cans into DIY planters with this upcycling garden craft.

By: Claire Armstrong from
Herb Planter Tin Can Crafts
Herb Planter Tin Can Crafts
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Old soup cans become beautiful planters when you follow the step-by-step instructions for how to make these DIY planters. Soup can crafts are a great way to recycle waste while still making a useful final project. Lovely and perfect for your windowsill, these planters help keep herbs alive, allowing you to add fresh taste to all your summer snacks. The Herb Planter Tin Can Crafts are adorned with charming, buggy decals but you could easily decorate them to your liking with other mod podge craft ideas and accents.

In the Designer's Words: "These gorgeous tin can herb planters are really easy to make and look fantastic in your garden with these vintage insect images. The herb planters are really convenient too as they can be taken into the kitchen one by one as needed. They also cost very little to make as you are upcycling old tin cans. The herb planters look great in my garden and are really handy as they are very easily transported into the kitchen, for cooking or cocktails. If you go to my blog you will see how I upcycled an old window to display these herb planters in the garden."

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueRepurposing


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Six tin cans
  • Cream spray paint
  • Cavallini Insect wrapping paper (easily available online)
  • Waterproof mod podge or waterproof PVA glue.
  • Drill
  • Scissors


  1. Spray paint the outside of your cans cream and drill four holes in the bottom for drainage.

  2. Carefully cut out individual insect images from your wrapping paper.

  3. Using the glue decoupage one insect image to the front of each can.

  4. Apply at least two coats of your waterproof Mod podge or glue to the outside of the can to provide a protective layer.

  5. Before adding soil and herbs place a layer of gravel in the cans for extra drainage.

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This is an easy and rewarding garden DIY craft. The cute insect cut-outs are vintage inspired and not too cutesy. If you have no experience in DIY crafts then this project is suitable for you. You just have to know how to drill the holes in the cans and that is really it. The rest is a piece of cake.


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