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DIY Upcycled Hanging Plant Holders

Jun 24, 2016
Scarlet Paolicchi

I love to get outside and enjoy my deck in the summer. I also enjoy sprucing it up with fun and unique projects that I can do with my family. These fun DIY hanging plant holders can be made with tin cans from your recycling bin and they will look cute enough to decorate your outdoor patio or a sunny indoor room. You get to create your own fun decorative patterns for the outside, making it a new and creative way to upcycle your already used cans.

hanging plant holder 

DIY Hanging Plant Holders

Materials Needed:

Tin cans from your recycling bin (cleaned)
Nail (you may want a few different sizes to achieve different size dots)
Wire (14 inch strips are great)
Small plants, such as a succulent
Paint (optional)


To begin you will need to make sure your cans are nice and clean. Next, fill them about 3/4 full with water and put in the freezer until it has turned to ice. The frozen water will allow the tin can to hold its shape while you hammer the nails through.

While the can of water is freezing, pick a pattern. You can spell a word with a letter on each can, go with a simple design like a heart, or do an abstract free hand pattern. If you decide on a letter or pattern, you will probably want to draw it out on paper to use as a stencil. I chose to do a sun on mine!

can with stencil 

Remove the can when frozen and tape on a stencil, if using. Wrap the can in a dish towel to help hold it in place and keep your fingers from getting too cold. Hammer just firm enough to punch through the tin, and make sure to form your holes at even intervals.

When you have created a pattern you like, add an additional hole at the top of each side in order to hang it up.  

After letting the ice melt, dump out any remaining water and dry the can out. If you want to paint your plant holders, give them a quick spray paint coat over some old newspapers and allow to dry. 

painted cans 

Cut your wire into a 14 inch piece and stick each end of the wire into your hanging holes and twist wire onto itself to secure in place.  

Place a soil in the bottom of the can filling 3/4 of the way up, and then gently insert your plant. Personally, I love to use succulents – many varieties are very hardy and some don’t require direct sunlight, which is great for hanging plants. Remember to water them according to the plant’s instructions.  

These DIY hanging plant holders look great on a shepherd's hook! Or leave off the hanging wire and set them on your outdoor tables for some color.

finished plant hanger 

Do you think you will try this fun DIY project to spruce up your outdoor space?

Photos courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi. 

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