Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
What you will need:
- empty cans
- organic succulents
- organic soil
- leftover paint
- baker’s twine
Step 2: Pick Your Plant
My son picked his favorite organic succulents from our local organic supplier. He chose plants based on his teacher’s personalities – that is who he is giving the plants to. We suggest choosing succulents because they are a plant that everyone enjoys and that can easily grow in the cans.
Step 3: Add a Little Color
Soak the cans for a few minutes and then remove the labels. Dry and then dip the bottom half of each can into leftover paint – we had paint leftover from a project that was perfect for these gifts – allow to dry overnight.
Step 4: Add a Few Holes
Use a screwdriver and mallet to make several holes on the bottom of the tin car for drainage. You can also use your craft knife to clean up the paint line around the cans.
Step 5: Add the Rocks
Add a thin layer of rocks to the bottom of each can for drainage.
Step 6: Add the Soil
Let your child add the soil to each can, leaving room to plant your succulent, then cover the top with soil too.
Step 7: Water
Add a little water to get your succulent started and sit in a sunny place until you present it to your recipient.
Step 8: Add a Little Ribbon
Use baker’s twine or natural twine to add a little greeting note for that special someone who will receive your paint dipped recycled can succulent plants!