Upcycling awesomeness with tin cans and pop bottles

For last weekend's Mom's Day Crafternoon at the North Vancouver City Library, I collected tons of pop bottles and tin cans. I wanted to upcycle them into planters for Mom. A fun DIY with lasting power. So I had to track down pop bottles and tons of tin cans.

My parents collected a bunch of 2 litre plastic pop bottles for me. I wasn't sure I had enough so I decided to go through the recycling at work and collect big tin cans. I gathered 20+ tin cans from the recycling with my coworker's help and I was good to go!

My favourite find was a big can for tuna. There were loads of bigger tins... I was set!

I took them home and cleaned them. Here's my wall of tin cans.

And I bought a few plants from Dykhof Nurseries for my sample projects - 2 succulents and 2 basil plants. Perfect!

First was painting my tuna tin can...

A few coats of white then gold then a stencil was the plan.

Here's my refashioned tin can. I was ready to get planting!

I decided to add a plant marker for Mom. A cardboard round from Urban Source with scrap paper, adhesive letters and a felt heart. Easy peasy and so darn cute!

Here's sample 1 done!

I love succulents! I hope to make more of these tin can planters. They look awesome!

Next I repurposed a plastic pop bottle into a Charlie Brown planter.

I thought the planter was perfect for one of my basil plants. I added rocks in the bottom but you could easily use an X-Acto to create slits in the bottom for drainage if need be.

I painted the bottle then drew on it with a Sharpie and sealed it with Mod Podge. I then added ribbon and a button for embellishment.

Next was another tin can sample DIY. I went with a bright blue acrylic paint and added hints of glitter paint. I also wanted to incorporate tile samples from Urban Source.

These are sparkly and lovely!

I glued the tile samples along the top of the tin can then planted my other succulent. It's kind of funky this kookie planter.

Upcycling tin cans and pop bottles into planters is so darn easy and they look groovy! I suspect I'll be making more of these this summer.

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