Last Friday, my Cans for Life colleague Romina invited some friends over to inaugurate her new, spacious flat. She made a lot of effort to make us feel comfy and welcomed. As a little “thank you” for the fun evening and a simple but fitting house-warming gift, I crafted something to pretty up her new empire. Since Romina is well-known for her great love for cans and succulents, I wanted to include cans in my masterpiece. A canned succulent arrangement!  Let me tell you how to do it.Can Succulent Garden DIY


What you need for the canned succulent garden                

  • As many succulents as you like your garden to have
  • An empty and cleaned beverage can for every succulent you use (plus an extra one just in case)
  • Tin snips
  • Enough potting soil
  • A spoon
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray Paint
  • A decoration plate
  • Decoration stones

Can Succulent Garden DIY

This is how you do it

  1. Use the tin snips to cut the cans to the height you want them to have later.
  2. Use your sandpaper to roughen your cans so the spray paint will stick. Use a vacuum cleaner or a hairdryer to get rid of the tin dust.
  3. Spray them in any color you want. I decided for Romina that a beautiful copper will perfectly fit into her flat. Let it dry thoroughly.
  4. Optional: If you do hav a transparent spray to fix your color use it. I didn’t have any, so I skipped this one.
  5. Everything well dried? Then let’s go on! Fill every can to ¾ with potting soil.
  6. Share your succulents out to your cans and fill the cans up with more soil. Press it firmly.
  7. Arrange your canned succulents on your decoration plate and fill the rest up with decorative stones.

Bonus tip: If you have a tough way in front of you, I recommend transporting the individual parts one by one and combining them when you have arrived at your destination.

By the way: Romina loved that personal and very stylish gift. I hope the succulents will survive her regime. 😉

How do you like my DIY? Go ahead and tag Cans for Life on Facebook or use #cansforlife on Instagram to let me know.

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