Sunday, March 16, 2008

Tin Can Herb Pots

You know gardening is a craft. You can also make crafts with things that you grow in your garden. Like herbs. Her gardens are wonderful and can be grown in pots of patio's or decks and in window boxes. You can buy them already grown from a greenhouse or start your own from seed. Below you will find instructions for making tin can herb pots.

  • Empty aluminum can
  • Screwdriver and hammer
  • Liquitex Basics Gesso
  • Acrylic craft paints in colors of your choice
  • Flower stickers (optional)
  • Acrylic sealer spray, matte finish
  • Craft or popsicle stick
  • Thin cardboard
  • Pinking shears
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • 5-10 small rocks, stones or pebbles
  • 1.5 cups Potting soil
  • 4-inch potted herb plant
  • White craft glue
  • Water
  1. Completely wash and dry aluminum can. If necessary, sand off any rough edges from opening of can.
  2. Turn can upside down. Parent should use screwdriver or other pointed object to poke holes in the bottom of the can. Use a hammer to tap the end of the screwdriver to make the holes.
  3. Paint outside of can with one coat of Gesso. Let dry completely.
  4. Paint can desired color, repeat coats if needed.
  5. Decorate however you like. Use a thin paint brush for long lines, dip the end of the paint brush into paint for polka dots.
  6. Decorate with stickers if desired.
  7. Spray the outside of the completed can with acrylic sealer spray. Let dry.
  8. Place enough rocks or pebbles in the bottom of the can to form a single layer.
  9. Add enough potting soil to fill the can two-thirds full.
  10. Remove potted herb from its container and transplant into the can.
  11. Fill edges with remaining potting soil, gently pat down so that plant is firmly in the can but not compacted so much that it’s too tight.
  12. Place can on a plate (to catch any water drainage) and add some water to the newly planted herbs.
  13. Paint craft stick whatever color you like. Allow to dry.
  14. Cut a piece of thin cardboard into a small rectangle (about 1.5 x 3 inches) using pinking shears.
  15. Paint both side of the cardboard with Gesso, let dry.
  16. Glue the rectangle to the top of the craft stick.
  17. Use a black Sharpie marker to write the herb name onto the rectangle.
  18. Insert your plant marker into the soil, being careful not to crush any roots along the way.
  19. Place your new garden in a sunny window and remember to water them!


Jason said...

Thanks for the interesting articles. I enjoyed reading this and the one on terrariums. They will be added to the Dirty Fingers carnival. Thanks for submitting.


Jane said...

I love this idea!

My kids will want to try this as soon as they see it :D

Hedgewitch said...


I've been thinking about re-using cans to plant up my herbs this year.. you have inspired me :-)

Summer said...

That's a great idea! I've been wanting a herb garden but have no space. I could do some cans in my kitchen window. :)

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