Crushed Can Planter

I was in the mood for something different and fun for my dining room table and this was perfect. For this project, I just hammered in the can, gave it a few coats of paint and filled with soil and Daffodil bulbs.

It's uncanny – they almost look like they're made out of paper.

Place cans on protected, sturdy surface and hammer away.

Paint with a few coats of left over house paint – or you could use a few sample size paints (available near the paint chips at any home improvement store).

I’m listening to Bob Marley today.


  1. Charlotte  January 6, 2011

    These look great! I usually use plain silver tins as vases but now I’m inspired to start painting them!

    Blue Skies,
    Charlotte xo

  2. Darcie  January 8, 2011

    Whoa!! I love the crunched can look. How do you think of these ideas? And I love the idea of forcing a little spring in the house.

    • camilla  January 8, 2011

      Thanks Darcie!

  3. Angie  January 9, 2011

    These are nifty! I’ve got a beat up can sitting on my table with it first coat of paint dryin right now! I’ll have a blog post about mine later this week!

    • camilla  January 10, 2011

      Angie – Great! I will check it out! Thanks for stopping by – take care, Camilla

  4. Angie  January 17, 2011

    Love these! You inspired me! Check it out over at:

    • camilla  January 18, 2011

      Angie- Great Job! I love it! Thanks for sharing – so nice to hear from you. Take Care, C

  5. SarahA  January 18, 2011

    That’s really pretty! I’ll file that idea for future use 🙂

  6. rose  January 30, 2011

    Love these! I just cut some cans to make porch lights… going to be doing this project too!

    • camilla  January 30, 2011

      Rose – I love that! I’ve used pierced cans for candles in previous projects – sounds great – Thanks, Camilla

  7. Kate  February 10, 2011

    Hey, first time here and I love your blog. So many simple yet elegant ideas. Just wondering what is the brand and name of the lilac color on the smaller can. Looks just the perfect color for my laundry room… so fresh.

    Thanks, Kate

    • camilla  February 10, 2011

      Hi Kate, Thanks for stopping by – thanks for your kind comments! That color is a Martha Stewart Brand – Aegean Blue (available at Home Depot) – it is available in a 8OZ sample size – so you can test it. Take Care, Camilla

  8. Kitten  February 25, 2011

    These are great! I have my first lot drying upside down on empty wine bottles! I can see these as great gifts for my little ones teachers at Easter.
    Also, I think I maybe able to organise my study with the addition of these cuties!!!

    • camilla  February 25, 2011

      Kate -that is wonderful to hear! They are fun to make and look fantastic in so many spots around the house. Thanks for letting me know! Take Care, Camilla

  9. RoO  June 3, 2011

    this is adorably!

  10. Xella  January 9, 2013

    THIS is genius and so easy to make. I love the colours and how you did it and I will definitely do this preparing myself and my flat for sping!