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.
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
- Spray Paint
- A decoration plate
- Decoration stones
This is how you do it
- Use the tin snips to cut the cans to the height you want them to have later.
- 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.
- 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.
- Optional: If you do hav a transparent spray to fix your color use it. I didn’t have any, so I skipped this one.
- Everything well dried? Then let’s go on! Fill every can to ¾ with potting soil.
- Share your succulents out to your cans and fill the cans up with more soil. Press it firmly.
- 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. 😉
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