We are having gorgeous weather at the moment, I'm sure it won't last but that sunshine...wow! It feels amazing. And it's time to get the garden and the outdoors ready for Spring and Summer, there's so much to do.
Preparing the outside for a party can be daunting and making it look cute can be costly. These flower pots are a great option if you have lots of tables to decorate or even just a few. If you're like me you probably have lots of half empty cans of different colored spray paint in the garage. This is a great way to finally use it all up.
This does take some planning. You'll have to save up your empty soup, tomato and bean cans, which doesn't take long around here. It's worth it because these look so cute all grouped together. They are especially fabulous in a row down the center of a picnic table.
In order to keep the plants alive they'll need to be watered. Drainage holes need to be punched into the bottom of the cans. You could use a drill but a hammer and a scratch awl is ten times easier and faster.
A slight pounding with a hammer puts holes right into the can when using the scratch awl.
Some cans do have a lip on the bottom. You can use your regular can opener on these to punch four holes in the bottom. So easy.
It was my plan to paint the cans on the giant piece of cardboard you see here (under the dog). I placed the cardboard in the driveway. When I returned with the cans, Princess Abby from down the road decided the cardboard was her new bed.
She's big. She's fourteen. You can't move her. And I love her. Sweet dreams girl.
When it comes to DIY projects, flexibility is always a plus! I decided to paint on newspaper instead.
I sprayed a coat of primer on the cans first, using whatever color I had in the garage. I think it was ugly green.
Here are the paint colors I chose out of my stash of spray paint. I felt they went together well, but use whatever colors you have or what fits your theme.
It kind of looks like a crayola box.
I put a few rocks in the bottom of each can for drainage purposes.
Depending on the size of the flowers you buy, you might have to shave some of the dirt off around the sides so the flowers will fit into the cans.
These would be adorable with ribbons or raffia tied around the middle. Let your imagination run wild!
If you do make some, please post a picture on my Facebook page, I'd love to see them.
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