A few weeks ago, my aunt, who happens to be a crazy plant lady, decided to adopt two young kittens. She brought them home and ever since, the three of them are deeply in love. There’s just one minor challenge in their relationship. The kittens hold a strong belief that my aunt cannot be both: a cat lady and a plant lady. That’s why they performed some highly secret hush-hush operations in order to eliminate their green opponents.

My aunt had to get rid of most of her plants, as they couldn’t be rescued anymore, but when she told me about her kitty-plant-struggle, I knew I could do something. Since I just finished an exhausting exam phase, my apartment is still full of empty Coke cans that helped me through studying. I’ve already had numerous ideas on what to do with them, but right now, I have a priority.

Dead Plants and Empty Cans – Say No More

You might have guessed it by now, but here’s my plan: I will turn my empty coke cans into beautiful hanging flower pots. You don’t need much to do this.

Here’s what:

  • Empty cans
  • Spray paint
  • Boxcutter
  • Sharp screwdriver
  • Invisible thread
  • Soil
  • Plants
  • Hook

Let’s Get Started!

  1. If you don’t have empty cans at hand, it’s probably time for a nice cold drink. Choose your favourite and enjoy! Pro tip: the brave ones among you could try and cut the can open instead of using the pull ring. Otherwise you’ll have to close the opening to prevent the soil from escaping. You can still carefully fill your drink into a glass and not waste it.
  2. As soon as you have an empty can (or as many as you’d like), rinse them thoroughly and spray paint them in your favourite colour. I used gold since it fits best to my aunt’s interior.
  3. When the cans are dry, cut out rectangles out of the body of the can and use sand paper to smooth the edges.
  4. Poke in holes on both sides of the cut-outs. I used invisible thread in order to hang the flower pots to the ceiling, but feel free to use other colours, or even artificial flower ranks. Whatever floats your boat! J Whatever you use: measure the length you need (check how deep it should hang and double this length), thread it in the holes and fasten with knots.
  5. Almost done! Fill the cans with soil and add flowers of your choice. For a start, I settled on succulents, as they are small enough for the cans, but there are so many possibilities!
  6. Screw the hook to the ceiling and hang your bird … uhm … plane … I mean flower pot up.

Kitten-Safe Indoor Garden

With flowers hanging high above their heads, my aunt’s kittens were quite angry with me for a while. But I think they got over it and the three of them lived happily ever after underneath the flying indoor garden.

This DIY also works with regular tin cans instead of beverage cans, of course. Whatever you’ve got at hand can be the perfect basis for the project. And if you don’t want your garden flying around, check out this awesome DIY for a canny (earthbound) succulent garden.

Do you know the struggle of pets vs. interior? What’s your solution to protect plants from sharp claws and teeth? Tell us in the comment section!

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