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How To Make DIY Plant Pots With Recycled Aluminum Flowers

Want to learn how to make DIY Plant Pots from recycled materials? Wait until you see these cute recycled flower pots with Aluminum Flowers. All you need is recycled tin cans and aluminum cans to create stunning upcycled tin can planters. This easy tutorial is the perfect flower pot craft for Mother’s Day and beyond.

When planning a Mother’s Day Luncheon, I wanted a cute way to add flowers to the table. I made these cute plant pots using recycled tin cans and aluminum cans for the flowers.

Next, I decided they would make a cute cutlery pocket to hold the napkin and silverware at each place setting.

Wait until you see how easy this recycled tin can planter project is.

Recycle Tin Cans to make DIY Plant Pots for Spring and Summer Decorating.

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Why Recycle Tin Cans and Aluminum Cans?

Tin & Aluminum cans are a major source of waste, and recycling them can have a significant impact on the environment.

Recycling cans is a simple way to make a big difference for the environment. By recycling your cans, you can help to save energy, reduce pollution, conserve natural resources, and reduce landfill space.

Pro Tip

Here are some tips for recycling tin cans for future home decor projects:

  • Rinse out the cans before recycling them.
  • Remove any labels or stickers from the cans.
  • Store smaller cans inside larger cans until you need them.
  • Put cans to good use until you need them. Use them to store paint brushes, pens, scissors and other household items.

With a little creativity, you can turn recycling cans into beautiful and functional pieces of home decor.

Handcrafted Society May Challenge

I’m excited to join the Handcrafted Society ladies for their May Flower Challenge. This talented group of crafters comes together each month for a fun DIY challenge, and I’m honored to be their guest this month.

You will see all their designs at the end of this tutorial.

If you are joining me from the talented and creative Michelle at Thistle Key Lane, I’m so glad you stopped by.

I love decorating my home with DIY projects, thrift store, and vintage decor. If you like budget-friendly decorating, I hope you subscribe to my blog so that you never miss one of my adventures.

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How To Make DIY Plant Pots From Recycled Tin Cans

First, start saving all your tin cans and aluminum cans. You will need more aluminum than tin in most cases.

There are several options for this project, and one would be to use tin cans with the bottoms attached for flower pots.

However, I wanted the plant pots to look like lady’s purses for my Mother’s Day Luncheon table. So, therefore, I cut the bottoms off all my tin cans.

Cut both ends from tin cans to make recycled flower pockets.

How To Recycle Tin Cans

After you remove the bottom of your tin cans, you will want to smash one end. I used pliers to smash and a hammer to flatten and hold the bottom together.

Next, I used a large nail and hammer to drive a hole in both sides of the tin cans. This will allow the wire handle to be attached to hang the recycled DIY plant pots.

Finally, spray paint the cans with paint colors of your choice. I used white, coral, pink, and yellow.

How To Make Aluminum Flowers From Recycled Aluminum Drink Cans

To make aluminum flowers, remove the top and bottom of the recycled aluminum cans. You can use a knife and regular scissors to do so.

Supply Resources

You will also need a flower punch to cut the flowers from the aluminum. I used a combination of punches and one for leaves. You can see the resources here.

Begin to cut flowers and leaves from the recycled cans by flattening the aluminum and using your punch.

How To Easily Paint Recycled Aluminum Flowers

Here’s the tricky part when it comes to painting aluminum flowers. The recycled aluminum is so light that spray paint will blow them away.

Here’s what you’ll need to do.

Cover a table or box to protect it from the paint, then attach the painter’s tape across the table upside down. You can secure the tape at each end of the table with more tape.

Attach the aluminum flowers to the tape and group them by color.

Spray paint the flowers with your choice of colors and allow them to dry.

How To Assemble Recycled DIY Plant Pots

Begin by gathering all your painted tin cans and flowers.

I divided all the flowers by color to help me assemble the plant pots.

Use hot glue to attach the flowers to the tin cans.

Use finger protection to avoid burning your fingers with the hot glue.

Play around with different arrangements to make each flower pot unique.

You can repeat the application on the back side of each can if desired.

Arrange flowers on the tin cans for Recycled DIY Plant Pot

Add Wire To Hang Tin Can Planters

Now, you are ready to make the Tin Can Planters. Start by adding the galvanized wire to the pocket. Your usage will determine the length of wire needed. I varied the length of each wire to allow the tin can planters to hang at different levels.

Hang the recycled DIY Plant Pots or flower pockets from The DIY Over the table Rod Stand to decorate for Mother's Day.

The pockets hang at different lengths along the DIY table stand, and the lightweight wire is hardly visible.

Hang the flower pockets from The DIY Over the table Rod Stand to decorate for Mother's Day and add fresh flowers to the pockets.

Decorate with DIY Plant Pots

Each decorative pot is filled with fresh flowers to decorate our Mother’s Day Luncheon Table.

Add fresh flowers to the DIY Plant Pots made from recycled materials.  Hang from decorative table stand.

Pro Tip

How do you add fresh flowers or plants to recycled DIY plant pots?

You may be asking about adding fresh flowers to the cute flower pockets.

First, I used flowers I plan to transplant into larger pots after the luncheon.

I wrapped the flowers and soil with wax paper to keep them moist and ensure no dripping onto the table.

If you use cut flowers, I recommend wrapping them in wet paper and wrapping the towel with wax paper.

Cutlery Pockets for Mother’s Day Table

In addition, as usual, this idea sparked another fun idea for the table.

In addition to the DIY recycled tin can plant holders, I made DIY cutlery pockets to hold the silverware and napkins at each place on the Mother’s Day Table.

Recycle materials to make cutlery pockets for Mother's Day Luncheon Table

These were made with a wider-mouth tin can; only the front side was decorated with aluminum flowers.

In addition, you don’t need the hole punch for the wire hanger.

DIY Flower Pocket Cutlery Pockets for Silverware and napkins on Mother's Day Tablescape.

This budget-friendly recycling project enhanced the Creative Table Ideas for a Mother’s Day Luncheon.

Recycled DIY Plant Pots for a Spring Alfresco table setting

More Recycled Can Projects

Recycling cans can be used for a variety of home decor projects. Here are a few ideas:

Handcrafted Society – Creative Flower Ideas

I can’t wait for you to see all the other creative flower ideas from the Handcrafted Society. Next, take a look at Missy at Sonata Home Design, and she is so talented.

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Deb Piel

Thursday 15th of June 2023

I love your site. So many cute things to make. You are so talented. I hope to be able to make some of your items. Thanks Rachel!


Friday 16th of June 2023

Deb, Thank you so much for your kind encouragement. I appreciate you for commenting.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 13th of May 2023

I love this DIY idea, Rachel.


Monday 15th of May 2023

Kim, It was such a fun project.


Thursday 4th of May 2023

Rachel - Boy you knocked it out of the park yet again. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these. Before I visited the blog I was imagining making some myself and cutting up my hands making the flowers. Duh, the flower punch is perfect. Then top it off with the cutlery holder?! Genius. Thanks so much for sharing these, I can't wait to try them.


Friday 5th of May 2023

Regina, I'm so glad you like this project. It was so fun and a little addictive. I want to make more.


Wednesday 3rd of May 2023

Love how versatile and beautiful these pots are, Rachel! I bet they're so pretty when they catch the sunlight. Hugs, CoCo


Friday 5th of May 2023

CoCo, I appreciate this


Wednesday 3rd of May 2023

This is such an adorable idea, Rachel! I love how they look like little purses. And so versatile! From flower vases to cutlery pockets, these are amazing! I'm so glad you could join us this month! I love your creativity!


Friday 5th of May 2023

Missy, You are so kind. Thank you for allowing me to join you this month.