Upcycled Coffee Can Planter

In preparation for Friday’s Patio Reveal (can’t wait to show you!!), I thought I would share one of the easy DIY crafts I created to add some color to this new space. Check it out…
coffe can planter
Don’t tell anyone, but I scored this empty (and FREE) coffee can in the recycle bin at work. When no one was looking, I snuck this treasure out of the teacher’s lounge and into my bag. I knew she would be a great addition to the DIY to-do list.
coffe can crafts

First step, clean the container.

coffee can crafts

Second step, add some holes to the bottom of the can to allow the water to drain. (yes, you probably need to use your power tool to do this. I promise it’s not nearly as scary as you think). To drill these three holes literally took me less than 2 minutes.

diy coffee can
Next up, remove the label.
coffee can planter tutorial

Using this tutorial, I switched off using my hot glue gun and wrapping the roll of jute around the can. To be honest, this step can get a little boring after a while but on a brighter note, it’s an easssyyyy one. That’s all that counts right?

coffee can jute jar

Keep on wrapping…

coffee can crafts

Until the can is all covered up!

coffee can craft

Rookie tip: Make sure each layer of the jute (or rope) is close together so you don’t see any of the hot glue.

paint a planter

Unlike the plain jute tutorial, I wanted to add a little extra charm to this planter. I used some old paint I had laying around the house to add a color that would compliment our patio set.

painting jute

I painted it on carefully, making sure to run the paintbrush very slowly around the top line. If you don’t trust yourself to create a straight line, feel free to add a little painter’s tape and dab the paint around the tape. This will ensure the paint will not sneak under the tape line. Now the hardest part, waiting for this paint to dry.

coffee can planter

Then I added a plant (a begonia to be exact) and some potting soil to finish off my upcycled coffee can planter.

upcycled coffee can

I love that the blue/grey paint makes the colors of the plant and colorful watering can POP!

diy planter

Although this coffee can was technically in the recycle bin, I’m glad to know that I gave her new life and a new home on our patio. Tune in Friday for the big reveal!!

diy planter