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diy: hanging flower tins

May 8, 2012

coffee can flower pots

I started this project nearly a month ago back when I was working on the anthro-inspired flower pillow. I was waiting until the fear of frost was gone for Central Ohio to finally plant my herbs and was told May 15 is the magic number for frost free nights. I cheated on May 5 after looking at the 10-day weather forecast and there was no frost in sight, so I’m taking the gamble a few days early.

It’s not like the plants are in the ground anyway; should a freak frost come through I could just bring the pots inside. But they look so cute hanging on the fence who would want to take them off??

Anyway, onto the project.

Here’s what you’ll need:hanging flower pots supplies

and don’t forget:

I used actual tin coffee cans which I don’t know if you can even get anymore. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I’ve been cruising down the coffee row just to check out the container possibilities and all the big “tins” of coffee are now plastic. Fortunately, when I was telling my mom about this idea and how I needed to find some coffee tins I saw little light bulb appear above her head and she quickly scurried away only to come back 2 minutes later with FOUR PRIMED coffee tins! Craft Queen, I tell ya.

The first step is to punch holes in the bottom for drainage and drill the holes in the back for  hanging. Use the hammer for the drain holes and a drill with a metal bit for the rope holes. Make sure you get it just big enough for the rope to go through, not too big.

Give ’em a few good coats of spray paint. However many you need until it looks good. Let them dry.

Put one of the rope through one of your rope holes and knot it. Then decide on your length and cut the other end accordingly. Knot that end through the other hole.

Voila! A hanging pot!

I put cilantro, chocolate mint, and rosemary in mine. What will you put in yours?

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  • Sunny Jane May 9, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Saw you on craftgawker, and oh my word! This is the coolest idea!

  • Cheryl aka cherpea May 11, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Stunningly simple idea that will be a blast to do with my girls…

  • Mikalee Byerman May 11, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    This looks so awesomely easy — but I would undoubtedly find a way to muck it up, I’m sure!


    Thanks for the inspiration, however. I’m willing to give it a go…

    • steph May 11, 2012 at 8:19 pm

      go for it! I’m sure you’ll be able to pull it off 🙂

  • Karyl May 11, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Reblogged this on Butterflies and Bunny Rabbits.

  • banbamama May 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    what a cool idea. I’d give this a go but am afraid they would be blown away here in gusty Ireland! I would put in nasturtiums, golden oregano and thyme. Congrats on being freshly pressed. Lovely blog.

    • steph May 11, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      thanks! great herb choices, three things I have yet to try to grow! Thanks for stopping by!

    • morristownmemos by Ronnie Hammer May 11, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      I love your ideas about what to plant in those tins. Nasturtiums have always been a favorite of mine, and they would be lovely swaying in the breeze in a tin on a wall.

      • banbamama May 15, 2012 at 2:17 pm

        Thanks! I love nasturtiums after the rain and how the leaves capture the little droplets of rain. The flowers add great splash of colour and a peppery taste in salads too!

    • Mahogany Moon June 19, 2012 at 1:27 pm

      maybe put a few stones in the base first to give it a little more weight.

      • steph June 19, 2012 at 9:15 pm

        Good idea, thanks for the suggestions!

  • tickalongnice May 11, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    such a simple but stunning and imaginative idea!

  • Daisy May 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I love this. so nice and creative. I want something like this for my garden as well. 🙂

  • Barbara Backer-Gray May 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Great idea! Love the color.

  • keepnupwithj May 11, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    This is so cute and simple. I love the look! Thanks for sharing!

  • Constance V. Walden May 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing. Connie

  • promenadeplantings May 11, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    I remember seeing tin can flower pots on houseboats in places like Thailand and always meant to re-create them when I got home. A great reminder, and a beautifully simple post!

  • Mom Meets Blog May 11, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    What a great idea and so cute!

  • Sara May 11, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Basil! I just bought two plants and they’re currently suffering in my kitchen. Sweet basil and cinnamon basil (the cinnamon one smells so good! I can’t wait to cook with it!)

    If I manage to pull off something like this, I will have to go get a few more plants from Sprouts – they have all their potted herbs on sale right now. 🙂

    • steph May 11, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      ooooh cinnamon basil?! I’ve never heard of it! Sounds wonderful!

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  • imagesbytdashfield May 11, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Very cool idea but where can one find the cans if they don’t have anyone who has a stash of them 🙂

    • steph May 11, 2012 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks! I’ve been wondering that, too. I have some smaller versions I made from bigger cans of tomatoes and fruit. But also I was thinking, is it possible to just buy empty paint cans? I would think a paint store or Lowe’s would have clean paint cans they use to make custom colors. I’ve definitely been noticing canned food more now! haha

      • chrissythehyphenated May 12, 2012 at 10:40 am

        I’m really concerned about the safety of growing food stuffs in containers with goodness knows what on the inside surfaces. Ornamentals, sure. But herbs? Makes me nervous. Has anyone got any info on this issue?

        • steph May 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

          I agree you need to be careful what you use to grow food, but these cans had food in them to begin with. I would think reusing food tin cans would be fine to grow more food in?

      • Mahogany Moon June 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        might beable to ask a local resturant or some where that cooks on a large scale they usualy just throw out the larger cans good luck I hope this helped a little

  • justalittlebrit May 11, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Great idea and colors!

  • 100 Days of Summer May 11, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Love this idea! They look great. I think I’ll try it next summer.

  • cravesadventure May 11, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Love this idea and have been wanting some ideas for a blank space of fence and this would be perfect! Thanks for sharing & Congrats on being FP!

  • janeygingerboy May 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    These look great! I am so going to try them!! Thanks for sharing : )

  • Meagan Opel Photography May 11, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    What simple, but awesome idea! I love the colors too. I can’t wait to do this at my house!

  • aimeeberrett May 11, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Way to be on freshly pressed. This idea is adorable! I am pinning this 🙂

    • steph May 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      Awesome, Thank you!

  • maggsworld May 11, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Reblogged this on Project Self Sustainability and commented:
    Found this while browsing and had to repost!!!

  • amydomestico May 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm


  • wherethejourneytakesme May 11, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Love the idea – I just have to wait until someone finishes off the coffee in the tin at work – I have my name on it already though just in case anyone else has seen your blog!

  • lavendarpetals May 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    I love the idea!

  • Maria Fontenelle May 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    Cool….and enviromentally friendly

  • Rhianna May 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    I love this. Congratulations on freshly pressed.

  • Rhianna May 11, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    Reblogged this on The Environmental Rhi-Source and commented:
    I adore recycle / reuse / reduce ideas. This one was worthy of sharing. Enjoy!

  • Li Li May 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    I’ve been looking for an inexpensive yet cute way to start my herb garden again. Thanks so much for the inspiration. I think this is going to be perfect. 🙂

    PS– congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  • Blessing Cafe May 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Reblogged this on Blessing Cafe and commented:
    Mothers Day Project made simple:

  • bittersweetlaughter May 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • bittersweetlaughter May 11, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    I love this idea, thanks for sharing!

  • RLTJ's May 11, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Maybe it was more beautiful with edibles for ornament. Imagine hanged tomatoes lush with flowers and fruits. Or, fresh, red hot chili, straight from can! 🙂

  • yosephvera May 11, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    thank you for the project

  • lijiujiu May 11, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Wow, amazing, great ideas, I a admire your skill so much.
    Thanks for sharing.

  • mustikaenergi May 11, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    very genius and creative,you are amazing…..

  • Feather Story May 11, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    What a great idea…I’ve been looking for some planting projects!

  • Northern Narratives May 11, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    This is a great idea and looks easy to make. Thanks for sharing and congrats on FP 🙂

  • Missi May 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I did this same craft several years in a row, and here are a few things I learned:
    *I found plenty of these tin coffee cans at our local recycling center (free!)
    *I painted each can a different color and hung on my white picket fence.
    *I lined the cans with a plastic shopping bag, to help the soil retain moisture, and added some mulch and/or stones to the top to keep the soil from being washed out during rain downpours.
    *The most successful planting was with moss roses (portulaca); they tolerate hot, full sun locations and dry soil, and so bright and tropical looking!

    It is definitely a fun project – lots of bang for your buck! – and had many compliments from neighbors and passers-by!

    • steph May 12, 2012 at 9:05 am

      Great tips, thanks so much for sharing! What a great idea to go to the recycling center to find more cans!

      • Missi May 12, 2012 at 2:18 pm

        Also, another way to utilize these planters is to hang them from a shepherd’s hook, or a hook in the ceiling. All you have to do is lengthen the amount of cord you use. I have substituted other materials for the clothesline, using whatever is on hand. I have used wire, raffia, and even fish line!

  • omistelle May 12, 2012 at 12:01 am

    This is an awesome project to do with my son! Keep ’em coming.

  • Kristen Van Loon May 12, 2012 at 1:18 am

    This is great! It could definitely jazz up all the non-flowering plants or herbs.

  • Vanessa May 12, 2012 at 1:49 am

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  • Dreamz Infra May 12, 2012 at 1:50 am

    wow i like it very much….

  • Faith Alexander May 12, 2012 at 1:57 am

    How praytell, do I keep the squirrels, birds and mice from helping themselves to the herbs??

    • steph May 12, 2012 at 9:04 am

      I haven’t had an issue with it, yet. However I did have a can with parsley on the ground and that was eaten up! Not sure if it was a squirrel or maybe even my dog! Keeping them in the middle of the fence seems to be working for fending off the critters for me.

  • Widi May 12, 2012 at 2:06 am

    simple and awesome!

  • Aziz Ampanwala May 12, 2012 at 2:30 am

    exquisite to say the least !! well done.

  • Urvashi Roe May 12, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Love these. Might have a go today as the sun is shining in London!

  • WillowCottageGardeners May 12, 2012 at 4:56 am

    Great idea. I have grown salad in tin baths and herbs in tin buckets so far this year. I will have to try this one next!

  • Jennifer May 12, 2012 at 6:27 am

    I am absolutely in love with this idea! Thank you so much for sharing. I hapeen to have a few coffee tins laying around…and lots of herbs to plant! Mint…cilantro and maybe my Citronella herbs could go in there..weekend project 🙂

  • ayeshajavaid May 12, 2012 at 6:33 am

    It’s so simple and yet cute. Brilliant idea 🙂

  • Barbara Good May 12, 2012 at 6:35 am

    These look so incredibly cute, love your choice of colour too. I agree with one of the commenters that nasturtiums would look gorgeous hanging down from these brightly coloured cans. I don’t have the right kind of fence, but perhaps I can modify this slightly to work for me. I’m going to pin it too.

    • allcancerfightingfoods May 14, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      Or the small decorative pumpkins, you know the ones they put in taverns in the Balkans?

  • Joanna Aislinn May 12, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Congrats on Freshly Pressed! Love your craft–simple, sweet and serviceable. That works 🙂

  • awais May 12, 2012 at 7:12 am

    nice idea i like it

  • Kevin May 12, 2012 at 8:18 am

    Well done. I love the DIY technique, style, and ease. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

  • laubao May 12, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Hi!! I really like your idea, and I’m looking forward to have my own garden to do this!! 🙂

  • jessmayshort May 12, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Love this! We’re moving to a new flat that has a garden soon and I can’t wait to try this idea!

  • Jeanette May 12, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Beautiful blog….congrats on being Freshly Pressed! From a fellow Ohioan 🙂

  • K.L.Richardson May 12, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Love to see crafts that come around every few years-it means that recycle, re-use is not dead. You put a fresh look on it, very cute! Just an FYI..if you first fill the cans with water and freeze them before punching the holes that will keep the cans from buckling or denting too much.

    • steph May 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Thank you! and thanks for the tip!

  • Yatin May 12, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Seems like a fun project.

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  • elouisemullis May 12, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    Nice 🙂 I’m definitely going to try this in my garden. Thanks for the idea!

  • queenoffamilosity May 12, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    I can’t wait to try this. It is a great excuse to increase my herb garden! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

  • jensine May 12, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    thanks for this cute idea, I don’t have a garden but maybe I can put them on my window sills …

  • Cassie May 12, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Love this. I can’t wait to do this.

  • newlybroke May 12, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    This is a super cute idea! Thank you for sharing 🙂

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    These are sooo cute 🙂

  • Julie May 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Love the idea, will do something similar.

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    What a great idea – I’m into boxed gardens for my back-yard. Just getting started and have some great ideas for next year’s beginning of planting.

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  • Yve May 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I love these, beautiful idea 🙂

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    What a great idea and so cute! This idea will look wonderful in my whimsical garden that I’m working on. I’m your newest follower!

  • scroungelady May 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    Excellent idea and well done! This is a perfect fit for scrounging. Paint stores are supposed to have unused cans for sale, which should work too. Can type items from thrift stores should work too.

  • rejoicefortheday May 12, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Great idea! I spent money on something similar at Target, but they are platic and these look way cooler! If only I would have waited… I will be doing something like this for my back deck, thanks for the post!

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  • desertdaily May 12, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    So very cool. I did that a couple of years ago but used the cloth shoe racks that you can hang on your closet door. Worked great for herbs. For my flowers I used my old croc shoes. Petunia’s did great this way 🙂

  • Girl: Made Easy May 12, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    Excited to try this! And to tell my followers about this! Such a great idea and so creative!! Cannot wait to check out all of your other posts

  • Grand Old Movies May 13, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Really cute idea, and beautiful photos, too. Do you know if there is a danger of metal cans rusting? and If that would affect the plants? thanks-

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    Hey this is really awesome idea and it is inspiring me to try this at my home, thanks for sharing…

  • padumedum May 13, 2012 at 2:12 am

    simple and nice idea

  • thenutritionguruandthechef May 13, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Love this! And choc mint sounds yummo! Just shows that cute stuff doesn’t have to cost a fortune!

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  • Alicja Kołakowska May 13, 2012 at 4:18 am

    lovely colors and idea:)

  • mmp May 13, 2012 at 5:15 am

    What a fabulous idea……….THIS is the way to preserve my herbs from the attentions of our dog! Thank you

  • ronyshapira May 13, 2012 at 5:30 am

    those are soo super cool, and seem very easy to make!
    thanks for sharing <3

  • jamieonline May 13, 2012 at 6:06 am

    Looking great! I want to have a go with that idea.

  • Michele Kearns May 13, 2012 at 6:49 am

    I am reblogging this very cute idea on JoyReturns today. Now to check out the frost date for Northeastern Ohio. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

    • steph May 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks for the reblog!

  • Michele Kearns May 13, 2012 at 6:53 am

    Reblogged this on JoyReturns and commented:
    Today’s post is about an inexpensive way to decorate your fence. I will be doing this providing I can find coffee cans. I knew there was a down side to owning a Keurig 😉
    Have a sunny Sunday and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the Mom’s of human and/or “furry” kids 😀

  • The Romantic Realists Daughter May 13, 2012 at 7:31 am

    great little idea, especially for a poor planty student like me 🙂 thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • Tara May 13, 2012 at 7:59 am

    This is a fantastic idea…I think this could work on my balcony (my only oustide space)…love it!

  • Marti Parham May 13, 2012 at 8:21 am

    Great idea! Going to repost this on my site Marti Ink in the weekly “Head-turning Headlines” article (Comes out every sunday). You’ll be able to find it under the “creativity” section. Oh yeah, congrats on being freshly pressed!!!

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  • Noelle Campbell May 13, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I did this with Folgers containers (which are plastic) and it’s a great idea, but we should remind people in tornado alley to take them down during storms or the storms might send them through a window, lol. I had to take mine down during IKE, but he still managed to make a mess out of them!

  • stiggyworld May 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Reblogged this on StiGGy's veggie plot and commented:
    Added to the list of great ideas to try out in the garden…and if not, loving this blue colour to add somewhere.

  • Edward Hotspur May 13, 2012 at 9:24 am

    When I pounded the nails through the bottom of the can, it went through and pierced my leg, and I had to go to the hospital and get 4 stitches and a blood transfusion and some tetanus shots. I also have permanent blue paint under my skin like a tattoo because I painted the cans while I was waiting for the ambulance. It tinted my blood blue a bit. But it’s okay, because all the blue blood and nonstop bleeding convinced a passing delegate from Lichtenstein that I was royalty, and now I have a duchy there, where they have an herb garden! So thanks for this awesome project suggestion. It really worked!

    • K.L.Richardson May 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      I suspect you are joking-no guy could be that unhandy. See my note about filling the can with water, freezing it and then nailing into it. It prevents denting the can as well. Also if you dont have a fence to hang this from you can bolt them together pyramid style and set them on a picnic table.

  • E-nest May 13, 2012 at 9:45 am

    🙂 thanks for sharing. I’ll try some.

  • allcancerfightingfoods May 13, 2012 at 9:55 am

    DIY is always great! You can also do wonderful things from used plastic bottles. Design ideas all around us…

  • Brigitte May 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

    These are beautiful! I too try to turn “ordinary” objects into objects of beauty. I once did something kind of similar for my Mom. Spray painted a large spaghetti can and writing “Mom” on it with flowers. Lovely, wonderful post and thank you for the great idea!

  • A Star on the Forehead May 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

    What a great idea! I look forward to going through your blog and seeing all the creativity! Happy Mother’s Day!

  • bigheartedmom May 13, 2012 at 10:26 am

    great idea! my boys like to grow something each year. This way, they could each have their own gardens in their own colors.

  • Shannon May 13, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Great idea! I’m always looking for ways to recycle things, especially for my garden.

  • Renee N. May 13, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Just wanted to let you know that there are coffee can alternatives that also look nice. We have found various sized tomato sauce cans (Don Pepino) that look nice enough that the painting step can be eliminated- no paper label. And the sauce is okay too- no added sugar.

    • steph May 13, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks for the tip!

  • lunatactics May 13, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Very clever. Your’s are very pretty.

  • yogibrew May 13, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    Congrats on getting freshly pressed! This is a great idea, and it’s crazy to find another person who is crafty/gardeny/from central ohio! I got out of there, but it’s nice to know that it could be made tolerable if I were to move back. Great post! (Check out my crafty blogz if you ever make it through the 200 comments left you. 😉

  • busymomhelp May 13, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Reblogged this on Cleaning tips, easy recipes, DIY crafts and commented:
    it’s a great upcycling idea

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  • mariawriter May 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    They look great 🙂

  • carinissima May 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    C’est une très belle idée à retenir!
    Bonne soirée.

  • Karen May 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    I am soooo not crafty but this not only looks very pretty, it looks pretty do-able too! Thanks for sharing!

  • teamburbridge May 13, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Fantastic idea! Our household is always looking for ways to repurpose items instead of throwing away or even recycling them. My wife has been wanting to find creative spots for flowers in our back yard and I think this one is a winner.

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    Really like your idea…. 🙂

  • france59 May 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    The nice thing is that this is a great idea that could be expanded with other sizes of tin cans and all types of small plants. I see ivy and geraniums filling mine! Thanks for the brilliant idea…and my mother is going to love this idea, too.

  • Joel Colucci May 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I like the idea, unfortunately I don’t have any fences :-)!

    • Thu May 13, 2012 at 9:29 pm

      ditto! makes me wish i had one!

  • jillkellychandler May 13, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I can’t wait to try this! Thanks for the tip!

    • kevinkatovic May 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      I will try this myself when I get some spare time

  • asiarae713 May 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Love your blog, great ideas!


  • biscuitsandbobbins May 13, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Those are so adorable. And I love the blue paint color!

  • monikainamerica May 13, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Great idea, thanks 🙂

  • May 13, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    very cute idea!

  • Astrid May 14, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I am so doing this with herbs or strawberries next summer! We live in a converted barn on my parents wee farmlet and the boring fence outside our front door would look much more cheerful with these hung off the posts – and the best part is for the couple of weeks that the sheep are in that paddock we can move the cans out of their reach! Genius idea – thanks for posting.
    I don’t have access to coffee cans (our instant coffee does still come in tin cans in New Zealand, but I don’t drink instant), but we get loose herbal tea in a stainless steel can about that size from the Keri Keri Tea Company (called The Big Tin) which would work excellently 🙂

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  • wardenfree May 14, 2012 at 1:00 am

    DIY is always a novel life style! I like it! thank you for sharing!

  • freeublue May 14, 2012 at 1:52 am

    This is beautiful!

  • Jennifer's Mentionables May 14, 2012 at 2:36 am

    Very cute! Love the color!

  • Sarah Harris May 14, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Love this idea! I would either do herbs as you did, or an assortment of wildflowers! Love the bright color!

  • Thea Rebecca May 14, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Great idea!!!!

  • afmung May 14, 2012 at 4:40 am

    just wonderful

  • Mansi Gandhi May 14, 2012 at 5:14 am

    This looks like fun! I’m going to try this over the weekend!

  • skirtingboards123 May 14, 2012 at 7:34 am

    I love the idea of these hanging tins! A real shabby chiche feel.

  • lunasalunga May 14, 2012 at 8:38 am

    Nice! Thank you for sharing!

  • Niki, unifiedspace May 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

    What a well laid out blog you have, beautifully photographed and your pots are tyhe best colour ever. Very nice.

  • Stacy Lyn May 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Fabulous idea – I think I will put herbs in mine, too. <3

  • valleyreagent May 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

    Reblogged this on @Valleyreagent and commented:
    Very cute idea!

  • Lindsey May 14, 2012 at 10:56 am

    very cute! I love the tin can ideas I’ve been seeing lately! I love your blog design too! 🙂

  • Sinfully Samantha May 14, 2012 at 11:40 am

    This is such a wonderful idea; I can’t wait to try it out myself. Good choice of herbs, too!

  • Courtney Leigh May 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    What a great idea! I do a DIY blog as well and I love seeing new inspirations. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

    Courtney @

  • ponderingsofateenagemind May 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    I love your idea! I’m definitely going to have a go at these!

  • 4myskin May 14, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Those are cute! Just need to find a place to hang them…

  • whataburgerjunkie May 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    These are really adorable and your pictures are very informative! I’m going to try to pin it on pinterest.

  • especially4ugiftbaskets May 14, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Nice idea!

  • losangelas May 14, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    What a great idea! I have a couple of tins with plants in them, but painting & hanging them like this is a much better idea! I’ll be eating soup for the rest of the week 😉
    Congrats on making freshly pressed!

  • Jennie Upside Down May 14, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    What a really cute idea. I like how you laid it all out step by step too. Congrats on being freshly pressed!!

  • The Humble Foodie May 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    This is a very cute idea! My fence is totally obscured by enormous blooming bushes right now (which I can’t be too sad about because they smell heavenly) otherwise I would make these asap. The turquoise color is great and really comes to life with the lush green plants. Lovely idea and I’m glad your mom could help you out!

  • lynabelles May 15, 2012 at 12:56 am

    such a clever idea! thanks for sharing this! 😉

  • Jody Thompson May 15, 2012 at 1:42 am

    Really cute idea. A light bulb went off in my head. These would look cool on my patio hanging on the wall. Cheers and congrats on Frshly Pressed.

  • Four May 15, 2012 at 3:02 am

    I like nice post, cool

  • melissa890 May 15, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Great idea ! I think I will try it myself I would think that empty paint cans would work too RECYCLE. great job

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  • ddmorris514 May 15, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Reblogged this on till it grows and commented:
    this is a great idea! i have a few coffee cans hiding in my cupboard!

  • rouxwork May 15, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Wow this great! I was definitely thinking of doing something similar to this, except old vintage tins. I definitely gotta try this. :]

  • lomoherz May 15, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Always wanted to do this! Thanks for sharing! …and the scribblings in the pics is very cute idea 🙂

  • joiedevivre74 May 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Reblogged this on Thisbeautifullife and commented:
    So adorable.

  • joiedevivre74 May 15, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Reblogged this on Thisbeautifullife.

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  • annlivingston May 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I love this idea. I am accumulating inspriation for a portable self contained house and I think a similar version of this would look and function really well.

  • g. May 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    um, steph. how did your blog become so popular in the month or two that i haven’t blogged?

    • steph May 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      haha, this post was on freshly pressed, so it got a lot of attention. I’m glad you’re back to blogging!

  • D. Martin May 17, 2012 at 7:45 am

    Reblogged this on MDPIE Motivation.Dedication.Perspiration.Imagination.Education. and commented:
    I just HAD to reblog this! This is the cutest DIY I’ve seen in a long time!

    • steph May 17, 2012 at 8:11 am

      Thank you, Dawn! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • Coming East May 17, 2012 at 8:23 am

    Love this project. I’m going to bookmark it and show it to my hubby. If he makes it for me, I’m going to put herbs in mine. Perfect thing for herbs!

    • myhonestself May 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      No need for hubby to make it! If I can do it you can too! I substituted the clothesline for basic twine I found at Walmart and had no need for a drill. Just a hammer, 1 nail, spray paint, the cans, dirt, and flowers! Check out how mine turned out:
      Good luck!

      • steph May 18, 2012 at 7:35 am

        Looks great!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • btweenblinks May 17, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Simple, elegant and best of all, made from recycled materials. I love it!

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    Love it, DID it, and now love it even more! It was simple enough that my young kids could help yet beautiful enough to spruce up our dingy city yard! I linked your blog in my post so others can check it out – thanks for sharing your fantastic ideas! Check out my results:

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  • my1crazybeautifullife May 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I lovw this idea! So much cuter and cheaper than a classic herb planter! I will start my collection of tins now! 🙂

  • C.D. May 23, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Beautiful idea! I also love you color pick! Thank you for sharing,
    Artphalt (

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    Reblogged this on Potted Plant Society.

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    Hi steph, congratulations for your ideas… you’ve done very cool things. I’m from Brazil, and with your permission, I would like to translate your tutorial in one of my blog posts about gardening decoration.

    • steph July 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      Hi! I would be honored for you to do that. Just make sure to link to my original post. Thanks so much!

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    Hi Steph, I would like to use this a idea for the Dutch gardening website I will mention your name and link back to your blog, if that’s ok with you?

    Take care,


    • steph July 30, 2012 at 7:20 am

      Hi Marike, yes that would be great! Thanks for sharing it!

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  • Stacy March 31, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I am not sure if Aldi (grocery store) is all over the country but they still carry coffee in cans. Very cool idea.

    • steph March 31, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks for the tip, Stacy! Good to know!

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  • Ewa May 24, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Nice project! I did similar but cans hangs on the chain 🙂 –> linka

  • jenn September 19, 2013 at 3:15 am

    how is it that the cans do not rust inside and rust particles do not contaminate the soil? I must be missing something?

    • steph September 22, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      The cans held up pretty well for one season. But that is a valid concern, so it might be best to just stick with flowers and non-edibles.

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  • merry February 16, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    walmart carries Masterchef brand coffee and it is still tin (full size). also tomato juice cans are big too. If you live in a windy area, loop the rope around the bottom to keep it from blowing around.try different ways.

    • merry February 16, 2014 at 5:15 pm

      zip ties are awesome to attach things to posts also. love this idea. thank you.

      • steph February 21, 2014 at 10:11 pm

        Great Idea! Thanks!

  • Linda March 14, 2014 at 5:45 am

    Could you not just use the big plastic tubs that coffee, yogurt, etc. comes in instead of the tin cans?

    • steph March 14, 2014 at 8:36 am

      I think you definitely could! Or milk cartons…or any sort of container really

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  • Dennis January 27, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Hello Steph,

    Great article! Is it alright if i use it for our website Ofcourse i will pinback to your article.

    Kind regards,


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