Guest Blogger: Meredith Ashton’s DIY Tin Can Planters

Published on June 7, 2013
Categories - Blog, Guest Bloggers, Read About

I love to have lots of plants and greenery around our apartment and am always looking for new containers and pots to put plants in. For someone who doesn’t have a natural green thumb, the more low maintenance the plant and the container the better! For low maintenance plants you can’t go past succulents. Succulents seem to be hugely popular at the moment, no doubt due to two simple reasons – they are beautiful and they are almost indestructible. Even for people like me!

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The recent Camilla show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia inspired me to make an easy container for my succulents out of something most of us would have sitting in our recycling bins – tin cans. I wanted to make an arrangement of tin cans so I found three different sized cans that I thought would look good arranged together. Try to choose ones that are all different widths and heights.

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I also wanted a rustic look rather than the new tin can look, and the best way to get a rusty look in a hurry is to spray them with a salt solution. I mixed about 4 tablespoons of salt with warm water in a spray bottle, sprayed the cans thoroughly and then set them out in the sun. Just repeat daily until you get the rust effect you want.

Once you have your desired rust effect, give them a rinse out and put some drainage holes in the bottom. Fill them with some soil and plant your succulents, choosing ones that match the size and width of the tin.

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If you are keeping them outside they will rust more over time but that’s just part of the charm!


Meredith Ashton loves foraging for disused goods and finding inspiration for projects in different places. Every Friday in June, Meredith is sharing some easy, DIY projects with us to get us thinking creatively, too! If you like what you see, be sure to return over the next three weeks for more great tips. You can find even more clever projects, as well as other insights into the world of Meredith, over on her blog find love keep.


  • I can’t get enough of succulents at the moment, and the tins cans add the perfect amount of rustic to the look! Beautiful 🙂

    by Erin on June 7, 2013 at 11:16 am
  • These look great! I love the rustic look too, I might have to try this I don’t have a natural greenthumb either so maybe succulents are the answer I have been looking for!

    by Clare on June 7, 2013 at 11:41 am
  • Check out Succulent Rose in freo, she has heaps of succulents, in all sizes and great prices

    by DJ on June 7, 2013 at 12:16 pm
  • Love that rustic understated arrangement.

    by E on June 7, 2013 at 7:48 pm
  • Way to go Meredith!

    by Susan Hogan on June 8, 2013 at 10:58 am
  • I’m going to try this!

    by Simom on June 10, 2013 at 6:12 am
  • Absolutely gorgeous. Looking forward to seeing your posts over the next few weeks!

    by Sally on June 11, 2013 at 4:57 am
  • Good one Meredith! we all love perth and expecting more write ups like these ones:)

    by on May 27, 2016 at 3:47 pm

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