Crafty, eco-friendly, and just in time for earth day!
- Tin Cans
- Steel Wool or Sandpaper
- Primer: OPTIONAL, but recommended to eliminate the need for several coats of paint and to make the colors pop!
- Paint: Spray paint is by far the easiest, but acrylic paint will also work and comes in more colors
- Sealer: Use one labeled for outdoor use
- Paint pen
- Hammer and nail
- Sweetgum Tree Balls (these guys): Optional, but helpful
- Soil: I use MiracleGro Garden Soil for Fruits & Vegetables
- Herb seeds or plants
Remove the labels from the tin cans, wash and rinse them. Some of my cans were left with spots of glue from the label. I left them on and just turned the cans so they’re in the back where you can’t see ;) Of course, you can probably remove the glue spots with Goo-B-Gone.
Using the steel wool or sandpaper, rub the entire outside of the cans. It doesn’t have to be vigorous, just make sure you get the entire outside. This’ll create tiny scratches in the metal, allowing the primer to adhere better. Do this outside and make sure you wash both your hands and the cans afterwards.
Make sure the cans are dry and give them one coat of the primer. Do this outside and read the directions on the can for painting. When the primer is dry (again, read the directions on the can) spray them with one coat of paint.
When the paint is completely dry you can write on them with your paint pen. I wrote the names of the herbs on the top of my cans. If you have children, they can plant what they like in the cans and write their names on them. When your writing has dried, spray the cans with a coat of sealer.
After the sealer has dried you can use the hammer and nail to pound drainage holes in the bottom of the cans. I then put a few Sweetgum balls in the bottom of the can not only for extra drainage, but so I would need less soil.
Time to plant! Add soil to your cans. If you’re using seeds, plant them at a depth according to the seed packet. I added quite a few seeds to each can. When they start to sprout I’ll thin them out. If using plants, make sure the roots are completely covered with soil. Once planted, be sure to give the herbs a good soaking of water.
Be sure to give them plenty of sunshine and water so they’ll grow! And when the weather gets chilly, bring them inside so you’ll have fresh herbs all year long.