Friday, April 12, 2013

Tutorial: Simple, Colorful, Recycled Herb Planters

I am so incredibly excited for warm weather. Warm weather means beach days, walks after work, spring fairs and craft shows, and most importantly, flip flops. In honor of these blissful 70-degre days, Daera has written a tutorial on how to recycle tin cans into cute little herb planters.

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

Step One:
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.

Step Two:
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.

Step Three
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.

Step Four

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.

Step Five

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.

Step Six

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.

Other Updates:
  • Our Etsy shop is stocked with spring-y new earrings; get them now before we start selling them at events!
  • I created a fabulous Etsy Treasury of navy blue and yellow items
  • We will be returning to the Milford Bug and Bud festival on Saturday, April 27th!

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