So, I went into the Dollar Tree a few days ago to pick up some bubble wrap and found the cutest little faux succulents. (And about ten other items!) I’m telling you, that store is like Target. You can never leave with just one item. Anyway, the succulents look very realistic, but the white pots they were in just weren’t cutting it, so I decided to make my own simple industrial tin can planters.
I picked up a few small olive cans at Target, (and about ten other items.) Seriously, no wonder my hubby sighs every time he calls and I’m at Target!
I started by peeling off the paper label from the tin cans.
I had no idea how to go about “aging” the tin cans. I thought about just painting the cans, but I didn’t think that would give me the look I wanted, so I decided to throw them in our fire pit and see what happened. (This chick only needed one match to get the inferno raging! What’s up now boy scouts!)
I let them just hang out in the fire for about 20 minutes. I then dug them out with a stick and sprayed them down with the garden hose. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the outcome! They looked very industrial.
After a quick rinse in the sink, the cans were ready to stencil. I simply held the stencil in place and colored it in with a sharpie.
For an added “personalized” touch, I used my children’s birthdays.
The Dollar Tree succulents were basically styrofoam in a cup, so they pulled right out of the container.
I added a dab of hot glue to secure the succulents to the tin cans.
I chose to add some potting soil around the succulents to make the planters look more authentic.
I was pretty pleased to have fooled my mom (who is a master gardener.) She thought they were real succulents.
These little planters will be right at home in my industrial themed office.
Let’s face it, I can’t even remember to water the plants I have sitting in my living room, much less my basement office. I don’t have to worry about these guys dying. That makes me love them even more!
Aren’t they cute?! They are just what my industrial office needed. And, who doesn’t like plants that never die?