DIY Tin Can Planters for World Environment Day

Create a plant community at home using upcycled tin cans! A fun and easy project that teaches kids how to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

What you’ll need:

  • Tin can(s) – make sure your can(s) are cleaned, free of labels and aren’t rough or sharp around the edges
  • Succulents or seeds
  • Dirt or soil
  • A tool to poke holes in the bottom of your tin can (optional)
  • Paint (we used Yoobi's Washable Paint Set)


Step 1: Prep your tin can. After making sure your tin can is clean and free of food and/or labels, adults will need to assist in drilling or poking a few small holes in the bottom of the can for water drainage (for most plants, this ensures the roots don't rot)

Step 2: Paint to your heart’s desire! To make a colorful community of little plants, try coloring each can a different color of the rainbow using our Washable Paint Brush Set.

Step 3: Let your tin can dry. Patience is a virtue!

Step 4: The fun part. Fill your can about half way to the top with soil, then place in your succulents or seeds. Lastly, fill the can the rest of the way to the top with soil with. You're almost done! *Important note: make sure your seeds aren’t any type of vegetable or food to avoid rust contamination.

Step 5: You're in it for the long haul. Remember to water your precious plant every day.

Step 6: Watch them grow, grow, grow!