Friday, 30 June 2017

Tin Cans Planters for a Vertical Garden


You may have noticed in last week's blog post that I was posing with my newest top in my patio accompanied by some painted tin cans. Well, after seeing these projects and being obsessed with vertical gardens, I wanted to create my very own. I collected a few tin cans and I went to my local shop that sells chalk paint to ask if I can use it on metal and if it is suitable for outdoor use. The answer was yes to both, so here it goes:

Materials:


Tin cans
Off white Authentico paint
Clear wax
Brush & cloth
Sanding paper
Any tools you have for making holes
Pebbles & compost
Flowers/plants of your choice



First I got everything ready, including the flowers I was going to plant. I bought a few Marigolds from our local market and the reason why I chose those flowers is that it seems they are immune to snails. Plus, I really like the mixture of yellows and oranges these flowers display. 


I sanded the cans roughly then I applied three coats of Authentico chalk paint with 2 to 3 hours in between. Luckily it was a dry day so I could take my time. Regarding the suitability for outdoor, I won't mind if it wears off a little bit.


Here I am waxing the cans with clear wax while trying out my new favourite top. 


I painted butterflies on a couple of tins using acrylics and then I have waxed the cans again for protection. 


1 - making some holes; 2 - putting some pebbles; 3 - putting the compost; 4 - planting the Marigolds


I didn't fix them with anything because I want to be able to move them around, although I still like the idea of a vertical garden so they will spend most of their time on the fence. 


8 comments:

  1. I love a tin can planter and yours are very sweet.

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  2. That's a really nice idea

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  3. Teodora I too love repurposing cans. It is a frugal way to create so many storage solutions or in this case a pretty vertical garden!

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    1. I've seen your cans in your gorgeous balcony :). Thank you for stopping by.

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  4. These look lovely, I especially like the butterfly painted ones. Marigolds are one of my favourite things to grow too - bright flowers all summer long, just don't forget to keep them well watered when the weather is dry and take off the dead heads for loads more flowers!

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    1. Thank you for the tip, I'll make sure I do that :).

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