DIY recycle project using spam cans and Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint to create beautiful succulent pots.
Your friends will be amazed when you tell them what your fabulous DIY Succulent pots are made of. I recycled food cans and fruit containers using metallic spray paint to make these planters. A great way to help save the environment.
Spam cans, food containers made out of plastic, fruit cartons, etc., can be spray painted and turned into cute little planters. I’ve done it. Call me crazy. I think you’ll like this idea. Let me know after you take a look at the pretty metallic containers.
- Recycled Food Containers- metal, plastic, paper
- Spray Paint- Metallic is perfect
- Old Denim Jeans
- Plants or Flowers- Succulents or violets
Spray Paint The Containers
Before spray painting the food containers clean them really well with soap and water. Any grease or oily substances on the containers will keep the spray paint from sticking.
I could have used plain old white spray paint or turquoise or black, but why be ho-hum. Instead, I chose metallic colors in gold, silver, and bronze. I wasn’t sure how well the containers would take the spray paint but I didn’t need to worry. The metallic paints stuck like glue.
Decorate Spray Painted Food Cans
Once I had the containers painted, I got to thinking about how I could decorate them. I didn’t need to go overboard because the shiny metallic colors said a lot all by themselves. I remembered the jeans I made into shorts earlier in the year and how I had saved the cut-off denim legs.
It was easy just to cut part of the hem from a jean leg and wrap it willy nilly around the tall can.
Then I cut a square of denim to stick down into the small can and flip over the rim to the outside. Again just winging it and not being precise with anything. I work best that way.
Tips For Putting The DIY Succulent Planters Together
Before putting the plants into the pots, I filled the bottom with rocks and glass beads. This will keep the plant roots from soaking in water if you have a tendency to overwater. I have the opposite problem but I was being optimistic about remembering to water the plants. I read up on how to care for succulents here.
That’s all there was to making the succulent pots. I saved some clear plastic fruit containers but haven’t tried spray painting them yet.
You know, the spray painted containers could be used for lots of things not just as planters. Maybe use them as remote control or phone holders……jewelry trays…..fruit bowls….etc.
So guys, which is your favorite metallic color? How do you feel about the denim? How do you feel about succulents?
This is my first Aloe Vera plant and I read that you can just cut a piece off and rub the plant on a burn, cut, etc. Does anyone do this?
I have a great project for faux succulents using recycled film reels and I made a video. It's short and sweet and features three projects....
See how to recycle old furniture drawers here...How To Repurpose An Old Drawer
More Metallic Spray Paint projects here...Best Rustoleum Metallic Spray Paint Colors For Home Decor
That’s it for me. You guys have a great day….and save some food containers to paint. Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen (Petticoat Junktion)
Kathy is the founder of PetticoatJunktion.com, a home décor blog focused on repurposing and upcycling furniture, old hardware, rusty stuff, and thrifty finds into unique home décor. Kathy’s projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Read more about Kathy here.
Just another comment on the benefits of aloe vera: I'm a breast cancer survivor and during treatment was badly burned by radiation therapy. Someone suggested I split aloe vera leaves (fronds?) and apply them directly to my skin, which I did. Unbelievably, the burns were healed within a couple of days!
Now I always have aloe vera plants in my kitchen to use for minor burns and scrapes!
Hoping this will help someone along the way.
Thank you so much for sharing. My cousin just underwent radiation treatment and has the same issue with burns. I will tell her about this. Thanks again, Kathy
Thank you so much for sharing! Your project is absolutely darling!
Thank You Ann!
What a great addition to our linky party! We are so happy to have you!
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We are so excited that you participated! Thank you for sharing your creativity! This is so cute!
I recently went on a succulent binge and have several that need repotting. I'll have to look in my recycling bin. Great suggestions.
And yes! I use aloe vera all the time, especially on burns. I'll snip a stem off and then trim it just longer than my injury. Then I slit the leaf along one edge and with sharp knife filet the "skin" off the surface of the leaf. Then I put the leaf with the gooey gel side on my owie and tape it in place. Any tape will do. I've used medical tape but Scotch tape and duct tape also work. I just want to hold it in place as long as possible. All day or overnight is great. If you leave it in place long enough you can prevent the burn from blistering. I may reapply another leaf it if it's in an awkward spot and gets wiggled around too much or if it's a particularly severe burn.
I don't always want to go out with a leaf stuck to my hand or arm (where most of my burns occur) so I'll wrap it with white cloth of gauze, and it looks like a regular bandage. If I have a blister on my foot I'll apply it overnight. It will make a huge difference overnight.
And if your aloe vera does well, you're gonna need a bigger pot!
Thanks for all the info on Aloe Vera. I'm laughing because I was just looking at the Aloe Vera plant last night thinking it sure was getting big. On the hunt for another pot.
Brilliant upcycle! Love the metallics and denim together! I'd love for you to join us for the Creative Crafts Linky Party
Have a nice weekend!
Very cute, love the metallic BUT you should NOT use metallic spray painted containers as fruit bowls, or for any other foods for that matter!
Please note: spray paints ARE NOT FOOD SAFE!
With a pot of aloe just outside my kitchen door, small cuts, nicks, scrapes and burns are treated quickly and well. Aloe is my first choice for treatment for any minor mishap.
A lady after my own heart! You are recycling, upcycling, and creating beauty!
My favorite item in this post is the decorative denim band on the luncheon meat can. Having raised five kids, if I had a dime for every pant leg band I`ve thrown away after altering jeans, I`d be a rich woman today! 😀
I love to recycle glass jars, bottles, etc., food cans, and even small cardboard boxes (e.g.:candy). I like all the metallic spray colors---hard to choose a favorite. My husband buys his coffee beans in large cans. I clean the insides, remove the labels, and decorate the cans with scrapbook paper, washi tape, lace, flowers, and other bits and bobs I`ve saved.
Please show us more of your recycle creations! Love them!
You are a woman after my own heart! I will definitely work on some more recycling creations.
I love this idea of recycling.
I just wanted to say how much I enjoy your Blog. Have a great day and keep up the great work!!
Thanks so much Sharon. You guys are being so nice to me today! Thanks for reading the blog.
Yes, Aloe Vera is great for burns and sunburns. What great ideas for nifty recycling!
Thanks for the info!
This looks like a great grandchild and me project! Thank you!
Too cute!! One would never know what the container was in its original life!! Succulents are easily grown and hard to kill, even when you forget to water them. A win-win in my book!!!
Thanks Stormee. Was that a vote of confidence?? Maybe the succulents will survive.
Yeah a nutty genius you mean ha!