DIY Copper Can Planters

Copper Can Planters

DIY Difficulty Level: 2 (Moderate)

Always have your favorite herbs at-the-ready with these upcycled Copper Can Planters.  Place them in a lighted nook of your kitchen for fresh flavor in every meal.  What herbs will you be planting?


  • Empty aluminum cans
  • Copper spray paint
  • Hammer 
  • Screwdriver
  • Hot glue gun
  • Twine
  • Chalkboard labels & chalk
  • Potting Soil
  • Herbs


  1. Gather your empty cans and remove the labels and any leftover adhesive residue.
  2. Use a drop cloth, paper bags, or newspapers to create a safe space to spray paint.  Give each can a consistent spray of paint, ensuring that you allow paint to dry between coats and keep dripping at bay by not applying too much paint at once.  Allow to dry completely.  
  3. Turn cans upside down and create drainage holes by carefully hammering on a screwdriver until the can is punctured.  Create three drainage holes per can.
  4. Create labels for your herbs on the chalkboard tags, then attach the twine to the can using a hot glue gun.
  5. Pot your favorite kitchen herbs and enjoy the fruits of your labor all year round!