Upcycled Tin Cans for an Herb Garden

Recycling tin empties is a righteous alternative to trashing them, but you can take your eco-friendly efforts a step further by upcycling them into planting containers for herbs, house plants, tree saplings, or cheery annuals. Kids of all ages will have a blast with this craft that’s sure to provide seasons of fun.

Things you need:
Tin cans salvaged from the recycling bin and scrubbed thoroughly (before hand-washing, use pliers to fold down crimps and sharp edges)
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paints
Outdoor Gloss Paint Sealer
Potting soil
Small rocks
Hammer and stout nail
Outdoor Mod Podge
Wall paper remnants or fabric scraps from clothing, old placemats, blankets, etc.
Seed packets, or ready-to-plant saplings or flowers
Popsicle sticks
Permanent Sharpie Marker Pen
Sand paper

Things to do:
After washing the cans, use sand paper to knock off any rough edges. When they’re thoroughly dry, use a hammer and stout nail to punch drain holes in the bottom of the can. Decorate with acrylic paints and follow with an application of sealant, or coat the cans with your outdoor Mod Podge and affix wall paper remnants or fabric.
When the paint or glue is completely dry, add small rocks to the bottom of the can and top with potting soil, then add plants or seeds. Use the permanent marker and Popsicle sticks to label each plant.

For added fun, plant seeds of edible herbs tailored to your child’s palette:
Pizza and Spaghetti Herbs: Basil, oregano, parsley, and fennel
Salad Dressing Herbs: Tarragon, dill, rosemary, lemon balm, chives, basil, and thyme
Refreshing Beverage Herbs: Peppermint, spearmint, lemon balm, and chamomile

While you’re at it, pick up some container gardening or organic gardening books from your local library. Have fun sharing this craft the kids, and adults – in your family!

Photo Credit: Kaboose

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