Recycle Metal Cans into Hanging Flower Baskets for a Spring Party!comments (12) May 3rd, 2009
I made four simple, pretty hanging "baskets" to decorate the backyard for my daughter's first birthday party and filled them with ivy geranium starts in assorted shades of pink—such a fun project! All you need to get started are clean, empty metal cans, some potting soil, galvanized wire, and trailing plants of your choice. I added a few beads to each wire for fun, but the possibilities for embellishing these are endless—my husband liked the look of the plain metal cans, so we kept the outsides simple, but you could also paint them or add rows of sturdy lace or ribbon, glued-down cabochons, stripes of beads on elastic or wire, or anything else that catches your eye.
What you'll need:
- Large, empty metal cans
- Drill or hammer and nail to make holes (I used both)
- 20-gauge galvanized wire
- Wire cutters and pliers
- Beads or other embellishments (optional)
- Pebbles and potting soil
- Trailing plants (I used ivy geranium starts in three shades of pink, but petunias, begonias, spider plants, or others you like could be lovely)
1. Use a drill or hammer a nail to make several small holes in the bottom of each can.
2. Next, drill three holes near the upper rim of the can, spaced evenly around the perimeter, where you'll attach the wires to hang your planter.
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