diy: hanging flower tins

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?

220 Responses to diy: hanging flower tins

  • Sunny Jane
    May 9, 2012

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

  • Cheryl aka cherpea
    May 11, 2012

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

  • Mikalee Byerman
    May 11, 2012

    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

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

  • Karyl
    May 11, 2012

    Reblogged this on Butterflies and Bunny Rabbits.

  • banbamama
    May 11, 2012

    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

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

    • 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

        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

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

      • steph
        June 19, 2012

        Good idea, thanks for the suggestions!

  • tickalongnice
    May 11, 2012

    such a simple but stunning and imaginative idea!

  • Daisy
    May 11, 2012

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

  • Barbara Backer-Gray
    May 11, 2012

    Great idea! Love the color.

  • keepnupwithj
    May 11, 2012

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

  • Constance V. Walden
    May 11, 2012

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

  • promenadeplantings
    May 11, 2012

    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

    What a great idea and so cute!

  • Sara
    May 11, 2012

    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

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

  • mkultra76
    May 11, 2012

    Marvelous!

  • imagesbytdashfield
    May 11, 2012

    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

      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

        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

          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

        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

    Great idea and colors!

  • 100 Days of Summer
    May 11, 2012

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

  • cravesadventure
    May 11, 2012

    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

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

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

  • aimeeberrett
    May 11, 2012

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

  • maggsworld
    May 11, 2012

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

  • amydomestico
    May 11, 2012

    Brilliant!

  • wherethejourneytakesme
    May 11, 2012

    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

    I love the idea!

  • Maria Fontenelle
    May 11, 2012

    Cool….and enviromentally friendly

  • Rhianna
    May 11, 2012

    I love this. Congratulations on freshly pressed.

  • Rhianna
    May 11, 2012

    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

    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

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

  • bittersweetlaughter
    May 11, 2012

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • bittersweetlaughter
    May 11, 2012

    I love this idea, thanks for sharing!

  • RLTJ's
    May 11, 2012

    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

    thank you for the project

  • lijiujiu
    May 11, 2012

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

  • mustikaenergi
    May 11, 2012

    very genius and creative,you are amazing…..

  • Feather Story
    May 11, 2012

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

  • Northern Narratives
    May 11, 2012

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

  • Missi
    May 11, 2012

    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

      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

        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

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

  • Kristen Van Loon
    May 12, 2012

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

  • Vanessa
    May 12, 2012
  • Dreamz Infra
    May 12, 2012

    wow i like it very much….

  • Faith Alexander
    May 12, 2012

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

    • steph
      May 12, 2012

      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

    simple and awesome!

  • Aziz Ampanwala
    May 12, 2012

    exquisite to say the least !! well done.

  • Urvashi Roe
    May 12, 2012

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

  • WillowCottageGardeners
    May 12, 2012

    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

    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

    It’s so simple and yet cute. Brilliant idea :)

  • Barbara Good
    May 12, 2012

    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.

  • Joanna Aislinn
    May 12, 2012

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

  • awais
    May 12, 2012

    nice idea i like it

  • Kevin
    May 12, 2012

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

  • laubao
    May 12, 2012

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

  • jessmayshort
    May 12, 2012

    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

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

  • K.L.Richardson
    May 12, 2012

    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

      Thank you! and thanks for the tip!

  • Yatin
    May 12, 2012

    Seems like a fun project.

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  • meingruenerdaumenmuc
    May 12, 2012

    looks really lovely! i put your link in my own balcony-blog: http://meingruenerdaumenmuc.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/hangeblumentopfe-selbst-gemacht/

  • elouisemullis
    May 12, 2012

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

  • queenoffamilosity
    May 12, 2012

    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

    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

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

  • newlybroke
    May 12, 2012

    This is a super cute idea! Thank you for sharing :)

  • twistedsistersdesign
    May 12, 2012

    These are sooo cute :)

  • Julie
    May 12, 2012

    Love the idea, will do something similar.

  • worlddeafnews
    May 12, 2012

    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.

  • Kati
    May 12, 2012

    Oh, very nice idea! Fresh too.. turquoise is trend color just now =). Welcome to visit also my blog, sisustusheinia.wordpress.com

  • Yve
    May 12, 2012

    I love these, beautiful idea :)

  • hearthandwhimsy
    May 12, 2012

    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

    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

    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!

  • korinna901
    May 12, 2012

    Reblogged this on Pbcrules's Blog.

  • Zain-ull-Abiddin
    May 12, 2012

    Reblogged this on Daniyal's Thought Radiator.

  • desertdaily
    May 12, 2012

    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

    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

    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-

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

  • padumedum
    May 13, 2012

    simple and nice idea

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

  • Thanks for the great idea. Reblogging at: http://www.skillsservices.co.za

  • Alicja Kołakowska
    May 13, 2012

    lovely colors and idea:)

  • mmp
    May 13, 2012

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

  • ronyshapira
    May 13, 2012

    those are soo super cool, and seem very easy to make!
    thanks for sharing <3
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  • jamieonline
    May 13, 2012

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

  • Michele Kearns
    May 13, 2012

    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.

  • Michele Kearns
    May 13, 2012

    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 :D

  • great little idea, especially for a poor planty student like me :) thanks for the inspiration :)

  • Tara
    May 13, 2012

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

  • Marti Parham
    May 13, 2012

    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!!!

  • ondizi
    May 13, 2012

    amazin!

  • Noelle Campbell
    May 13, 2012

    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

    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

    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

      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

    :) thanks for sharing. I’ll try some.

  • allcancerfightingfoods
    May 13, 2012

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

  • Brigitte
    May 13, 2012

    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

    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

    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

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

  • Renee N.
    May 13, 2012

    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.

  • lunatactics
    May 13, 2012

    Very clever. Your’s are very pretty.

  • yogibrew
    May 13, 2012

    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. ;) tatianaryckman.wordpress.com)
    T

  • busymomhelp
    May 13, 2012

    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

    They look great :-)

  • carinissima
    May 13, 2012

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

  • Karen
    May 13, 2012

    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

    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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  • SHAKIL JAMAL (ANIK)
    May 13, 2012

    Really like your idea…. :)

  • france59
    May 13, 2012

    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

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

    • Thu
      May 13, 2012

      ditto! makes me wish i had one!

  • jillkellychandler
    May 13, 2012

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

    • kevinkatovic
      May 13, 2012

      I will try this myself when I get some spare time

  • asiarae713
    May 13, 2012

    Love your blog, great ideas!

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  • biscuitsandbobbins
    May 13, 2012

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

  • monikainamerica
    May 13, 2012

    Great idea, thanks :)

  • very cute idea!

  • Astrid
    May 14, 2012

    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 :)

  • Mr.Jay
    May 14, 2012

    I am learning from your masterpieces! Love your DIY!

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  • Alyssa
    May 14, 2012

    Thanks for imparting your marvelous idea. I will be very busy this coming weekend. :)

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  • wardenfree
    May 14, 2012

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

  • freeublue
    May 14, 2012

    This is beautiful!

  • Very cute! Love the color!

  • Sarah Harris
    May 14, 2012

    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

    Great idea!!!!

  • afmung
    May 14, 2012

    just wonderful

  • Mansi Gandhi
    May 14, 2012

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

  • skirtingboards123
    May 14, 2012

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

  • lunasalunga
    May 14, 2012

    Nice! Thank you for sharing!

  • Niki, unifiedspace
    May 14, 2012

    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

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

  • valleyreagent
    May 14, 2012

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

  • Lindsey
    May 14, 2012

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

  • Sinfully Samantha
    May 14, 2012

    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

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

    Courtney @ http://myyearinpins.wordpress.com/

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

  • 4myskin
    May 14, 2012

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

  • whataburgerjunkie
    May 14, 2012

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

  • Nice idea!

  • losangelas
    May 14, 2012

    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

    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

    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

    such a clever idea! thanks for sharing this! ;)

  • Jody Thompson
    May 15, 2012

    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

    I like nice post, cool

  • melissa890
    May 15, 2012

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

  • [...] start  my summer off right I`ve found a garden project, diy: hanging flower tins on a great blog Stuff Steph Does.  This way my herbs won`t be eaten by animals and they`re going [...]

  • ddmorris514
    May 15, 2012

    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

    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

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

  • joiedevivre74
    May 15, 2012

    Reblogged this on Thisbeautifullife and commented:
    So adorable.

  • joiedevivre74
    May 15, 2012

    Reblogged this on Thisbeautifullife.

  • [...] Click here to read about an idea for making old tins into attractive hanging plant pots – they would make a nice project to do with children, or by yourself if you want something creative to do in your ‘me time’. Rate this: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this post. [...]

  • annlivingston
    May 16, 2012

    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

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

    • steph
      May 16, 2012

      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

    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

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

  • Coming East
    May 17, 2012

    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!

  • btweenblinks
    May 17, 2012

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

  • [...] As I mentioned previously, I’ve begun Operation Urban Garden. After much Pinterest-ing & blog reading I’ve stumbled upon something simplistically beautiful. Check out Stuff Steph Does and her post and step by stpe instructions to make your own DIY Hanging Flower Tins! [...]

  • myhonestself
    May 17, 2012

    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: http://myhonestself.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/project-planters/

  • [...] colored spray painted pots–a day after making this stacked planter and a week after making my hanging garden tins–I thought there’s no denying that I come by all this honestly. Even my 85-year-old Gram [...]

  • my1crazybeautifullife
    May 20, 2012

    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

    Beautiful idea! I also love you color pick! Thank you for sharing,
    Artphalt (http://artphalt.wordpress.com)

  • [...] exciting blog news: my hanging garden tins were featured in an article on My Apricot Hill, a new “practically inspired” lifestyle [...]

  • btweenblinks
    June 20, 2012

    Hi Steph, I love the “stuff” you do, and so I am nominating you for the One Lovely Blog Award! I realize that with as many followers as you have, you have probably been nominated dozens of times, however I would not feel right about leaving you off the list of my nominations. Keep up the amazing posts! To see the others on the nomination list go to: http://btweenblinks.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/one-lovely-blog-award-really/

  • [...] seeing the idea on this blog, I decided to use some food cans for flower pots.  I did not paint mine…I rather like the [...]

  • SoundEagle
    July 13, 2012

    Reblogged this on Potted Plant Society.

  • Liiiz
    July 28, 2012

    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

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

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

    Take care,

    Marike

    • steph
      July 30, 2012

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

  • [...] Blogueira americana Steph fez um tutorial super fofo para você fazer o seu próprio jardim vertical de latinhas, e se [...]

  • [...] te verven en in te deuken en ook een hek kun je mooi versieren met planten in blik. Op de weblog Stuff Steph Does vonden we echter nog iets dat we graag delen: planten in gekleurde blikken [...]

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    December 4, 2012

    [...] diy < DIY < caseyhinton Get flash to fully experience Pearltrees diy: hanging flower tins I started this project nearly a month ago back when I was working on the anthro-inspired flower [...]

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  • Stacy
    March 31, 2013

    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

      Thanks for the tip, Stacy! Good to know!

  • Ewa
    May 24, 2013

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

  • jenn
    September 19, 2013

    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

      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.

  • DIY | Pearltrees
    November 2, 2013

    [...] diy: hanging flower tins These cork planters are super sweet. They are easy to make and make awesome fridge magnets. We also think they’d make for great upcycled gifts. Cork Planters Le printemps arrive, les envies de vert aussi ! Plantes aromatiques | Made in Marie [+] vaiaravawb home • iPhone & iPad app • android app • contact • blog • facebook • twitter to experience pearltrees activate javascript. [...]

  • merry
    February 16, 2014

    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

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

      • steph
        February 21, 2014

        Great Idea! Thanks!

  • Linda
    March 14, 2014

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

    • steph
      March 14, 2014

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

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