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Recycle Metal Cans into Hanging Flower Baskets for a Spring Party!

comments (6) May 3rd, 2009     

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susanstars Susan Beal, contributor
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These pretty pink ivy geraniums fill the hanging planter so nicely!
A small row of beads is a pretty accent among the leaves and flowers.
These hanging baskets are very easy to make and so inexpensive compared with the ones at the nursery.
These pretty pink ivy geraniums fill the hanging planter so nicely!

These pretty pink ivy geraniums fill the hanging planter so nicely!

Photo: Susan Beal
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3. Cut a generous length of wire (mine was about 2 feet long), slip it through the first hole you drilled in step 2, and form a wrapped loop, clipping off the end after you've coiled it three times. (If you'd like a wrapped loop 101, I have a short video showing how I make them here.) Repeat with the other two holes so that you have three wire tails to form a hanger later on.

Wrap your wire three times or so before cutting the tail off.

4. If you'd like, slip a few durable beads you like onto each wire strand. I alternated clear and pink on each one.

I used cheerful acrylic beads that won't mind rain or dirt at all.

5. Now add a thin layer of pebbles for good drainage at the bottom of the can.

The pebbles should just cover the bottom of the can but don't have to be thickly layered.

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Comments (6)

Genie48 writes: If you are worried about rusting, spray with clear acrylic before peircing holes, etc.
You could also spray paint in bright colors.

Posted: 9:17 am on June 1st
Jewelles writes: great idea! I was wondering if herbs would work and hang them in the kitchen .. very cool ty for sharing
Posted: 8:39 pm on July 14th
tsailee writes: I made these this week and love them! So far, we only have 2 but I want to do a total of 6 to hang on our covered porch area to provide some privacy from the next-door neighbors. I used hot pink Wave petunias (love trailing petunias in the summer) and expect them to fill out a lot in the next month or two. Thanks for the tutorial!
Posted: 9:05 am on June 2nd
susanstars writes: Hi, and thanks for the comments! Colleen, they have rusted a bit in a month outside, but not dramatically. If I bring them in for winter, I will put them on something to make sure they don't mark a tabletop or any other surface.

merryme, my best suggestion for plants that wouldn't need drainage holes is succulents - I have some in closed containers in my kitchen and they've done fine. Otherwise, maybe putting a simple rug or towel under them could work, or piercing holes in an old tupperware or other plastic lid and rigging it up under the cans to catch the water? What a fun project to do with your class :)
Posted: 3:30 pm on May 18th
merryme writes: I have saved several cans for just such a project for my pre-k classroom, but I'm having trouble trying to decide how to deal with the problem of hanging plants indoors. The cans will be hung from brackets at the children's level. How do I keep them from draining on the floor? What kind of contraption could I make to catch the water? Or what kind of plants wouldn't require drainage holes at all? The answer's probably obvious, but I can't seem to get past this step.
Posted: 2:50 pm on May 3rd
colleenclevernesting writes: How do the tins do long-term with rusting?
Thank you, Susan, for these great instructions! I'm going to pass this post along!
Posted: 8:33 am on May 3rd
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