This post contains affiliate links and/or images. Now that spring has sprung, the kids and I are getting ready for our endeavor into gardening. Last year was our first try and we had some success as well as some colossal fails! We found we planted our tomatoes and broccoli way too late and our herbs in pots too small.
This time around, we are going to plant the herbs in these cute DIY Decoupage Hanging Coffee Can Planters which we plan to keep outside. For a great DIY Spring Cleaning Hack, you should try these Homemade Dishwasher Tabs.
We have been collecting my empty coffee cans and are going to turn them into DIY Decoupage Hanging Coffee Can Planters for our herb garden. To make them cute enough to show off outside, we decided to decoupage them. If you need some gardening tips, CocaCrop.com has great information on the subject!
This is a really simple craft that only needs a few items and the kids can help too! This would also make a super cute Mother’s Day gift, so dad could help the kids instead and surprise mom!
What you’ll need to make your DIY Decoupage Hanging Coffee Can Planters:
- Empty coffee cans
- white spray paint
- Foam brushes
- Scrapbook paper
- Mod Podge
- Grosgrain ribbon
- Clear coat spray or polyurethane
- Glue Gun or tacky glue
- Drill or hammer and large nail
Step One: Make sure your coffee can is clean and dry. Drill or hammer a hole in the the lip of the can, big enough for the twine to fit through. This is how you will hang your planter. Drill or hammer 4-5 holes in the bottom of the can to allow for drainage.
Step Two: Paint the outside of the can (two coats should cover it) and allow to dry completely. Next you are going to Mod Podge your scrapbook paper. Now you can do the whole can in the paper, in which case, you will need 2 sheets and you can skip the paint. Or, you can find paper with a large design you can cut and arrange on the can. Allow your Mod Podge to dry completely.
Step Three: Using your glue gun or tacky glue, carefully apply the grosgrain ribbon to the lip of the can. Allow to dry completely.
Step Four: Spray the clear coat or brush on the polyurethane and cover the entire can. I would recommend two coats. Allow to dry completely.
Step Five: Cut an 8″ piece of twine and thread into the hole in the coffee can. Tie a double knot to make sure it is totally secure. Plant your herb seeds, hang and water!
What would you plant in these cute DIY Decoupage Hanging Coffee Can Planters?
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Ruth Zankich saysApril 6, 2015 at 9:49 pm
What a great idea and perfect gor Earth Dau. I will be sharing.
Chelley @ AisForAdelaide saysApril 7, 2015 at 12:23 am
Right>! This is the best Earth Day idea!
Robin (Masshole Mommy) saysApril 6, 2015 at 9:50 pm
Those came out really great. I would love to have a couple of those around my yard.
Carol Bryant saysApril 6, 2015 at 9:54 pm
WOW yours look so professionally done and I have to try this. Beautiful job!
Terry saysApril 6, 2015 at 11:44 pm
They did turn out to look very professional. I know if I do them, they won’t turn out that nice, but the Grandkids will have fun helping.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle saysApril 6, 2015 at 10:01 pm
Those are so cute! I have to wonder if I could grow a tomato in that!
Jesica H saysApril 6, 2015 at 10:09 pm
I like that I can put it up high so my dogs wont knock it over or dig in it! Plus, my kids would love this project!
Jenna Wood saysApril 6, 2015 at 10:13 pm
How fun- we use single cup or K-Cup brewing pods but we reuse them as seed starters in the garden. I’m all for anything creative that re-purposes trash.
Alli saysApril 6, 2015 at 10:24 pm
What a beautiful idea! I’ve had some gardening hits and misses myself, but you’ve got a winner with this one. My favorite herbs are cilantro, rosemary and thyme. This has inspired me to get busy gardening.
Sharon - Her Organized Chaos saysApril 6, 2015 at 10:45 pm
This is such a great idea! I love recycling stuff. My daughter has to bring something that you can reuse to school tomorrow and she’s bringing old cans that we planted flowers in. I love that you decorated your coffee cans!
Tammi @ My Organized Chaos saysApril 6, 2015 at 11:00 pm
That is such a great idea, and planters can be so expensive too when you are buying a bunch Think of all the money you’d save by making these cute ones!
Chelley @ AisForAdelaide saysApril 6, 2015 at 11:02 pm
This is such a great idea! I love the fabric you chose!
Jenny saysApril 6, 2015 at 11:14 pm
Oooh I love how easy this is. Will definitely be making some to hang out in the back yard. Thanks for the idea!
Jeannette saysApril 6, 2015 at 11:37 pm
Those are so cute and I never would have guessed they were coffee cans! I seriously use modge podge on everything so I can’t wait to try this out for myself!
Liz Mays saysApril 6, 2015 at 11:46 pm
This is so fun with being able to choose your own colors and patterns and whatnot. What a great idea to repurpose a coffee can this way.
Saidah Washington (@ApronsStilletos) saysApril 7, 2015 at 12:12 am
Great job Kelly. I have a planter my sine made for me. I love seeing the birds eating from it.
Dawn saysApril 7, 2015 at 12:13 am
I can’t think of a better craft than this! It’s cute, easy, and cheap. That’s the trifecta!
Amy Desrosiers saysApril 7, 2015 at 12:14 am
This is a great idea and one that I would love to try. I love fresh basil and cilantro in my kitchen.
Pam saysApril 7, 2015 at 12:17 am
These are so cute. I love crafts you can make with recyclables like this.
Jennifer saysApril 7, 2015 at 12:22 am
That’s so cute! I love how easy it is to make, and I love that I can keep the dogs from getting into my flowers!
Nancy saysApril 7, 2015 at 12:32 am
When I read “coffee can” I was like, oh dear – these are going to be an eye sore. But you pulled it off great! I love the way they look!!
Mama to 5 BLessings saysApril 7, 2015 at 12:33 am
What a cute idea! I pinned this, how does it hold up in the outdoors with the modge podge?
Laura (Another Cent Saved) saysApril 7, 2015 at 12:53 am
How creative. I am in the middle of planting our front porch. Herbs are a must here. I love your choices in colors. Pinned this for others. Thanks for sharing.
Emerald Lavender saysApril 7, 2015 at 12:56 am
So cute!!! You did a great job!
Bonnie @ wemake7 saysApril 7, 2015 at 12:57 am
I love anything that has to do with plants and gardening and DIY projects. This is awesome, they came out really great!
Ashley @irishred02 saysApril 7, 2015 at 1:15 am
Upcycling is a great idea. Too bad we don’t have coffee cans
Milosz Zak saysApril 7, 2015 at 1:27 am
If I had a larger yard, I’d definitely consider doing this.
Maria saysApril 7, 2015 at 1:29 am
What a cute idea for a garden, even on a small apartment balcony.!
Wendy @ ABCs and Garden Peas saysApril 7, 2015 at 1:31 am
Cute! I love love love the patterns you chose. I can think of so many places to put these!
Shauna saysApril 7, 2015 at 1:46 am
Now this is an adorable idea. I think it would be cute as an end-of-year teacher gift, too. Thanks for sharing.
Taralyn saysApril 7, 2015 at 1:58 am
I love having fresh basil. I will have to make a few of these!
Carmen Perez (listen2mama) saysApril 6, 2015 at 10:04 pm
Wow talk about crafty! These came out so pretty and I love the colors. Would look great in any yard or patio.
Terry saysApril 6, 2015 at 10:05 pm
My Grandkids are getting very interested in growing plants. I am going to get some seeds, and we are going to do some cute planters. Thanks so much for this cute idea.
Kristen saysApril 7, 2015 at 2:30 am
Awww. I love these! I want to make some!
jen temcio saysApril 7, 2015 at 2:32 am
I can not wait to share this with my daughter!! She is super crafty and was just talking about making hanging planters for her apartment porch. These are perfect!
chanelle saysApril 7, 2015 at 2:43 am
This is an awesome idea! I actually made something very similar as the centerpiece for my daughter’s 1st birthday party. I filled the cans with fake flowers that I bought at Michael’s though. Now I use the canisters as pen cups at home!
becca saysApril 6, 2015 at 10:44 pm
What a great DIY project. My son would love to try this
Shannon Stubbs saysApril 7, 2015 at 2:54 am
These are so adorable! I may have to get around to making some of these with my kids. They would have a blast making them.
Nina Say saysApril 7, 2015 at 3:00 am
This is such a great idea! I should have done this instead of buying planters.
Kiwi saysApril 7, 2015 at 3:27 am
How decorative and pretty! I love these cute diy project just in time for Spring!
Felissa @ Two Little Cavaliers saysApril 7, 2015 at 3:59 am
What a great way to upcycle coffee planters. I love that chevron pattern you used, too.
Vera Sweeney saysApril 7, 2015 at 4:04 am
Those turned out adorable!! I love upcycle crafts, and this one is very functional.
Terri Ramsey Beavers saysApril 7, 2015 at 4:26 am
I really love seeing crafts like this, this is very uncommon and I really love it.
Courtney saysApril 7, 2015 at 4:27 am
This is such a cute idea. Would make a great herb garden!
Dawn McAlexander saysApril 7, 2015 at 4:48 am
That is so cute and a great way to recycle coffee cans! Can’t wait to see the flowers!
Stacey- Travel Blogger saysApril 7, 2015 at 4:50 am
Dcoupage looks awesome on so many things! I think that yours look outstanding!
Aimee Smith saysApril 7, 2015 at 5:22 am
These are so cute and simple! Thanks for the great ideas!
Aubrey saysApril 7, 2015 at 5:41 am
Those are a really cute way to upcycle. I bet my kids would love to make these.
touristmeetstraveler saysApril 7, 2015 at 6:18 am
This is such a cute idea, perfect for when spring finally arrives here!
Lisa saysApril 7, 2015 at 2:22 am
My fav herb to use in the kitchen is basil. And oh my gosh how adorable is this planter! Perfect for my parents to take in the V too!
Fi Ní Neachtáin saysApril 7, 2015 at 9:32 am
Awh these look so sweet. I love that you’re reusing something and giving them a new purpose and a pretty new look.
Rebecca Swenor saysApril 7, 2015 at 11:40 am
This is an awesome idea indeed. I will have to make these with my niece’s kids because they love to plant things and watch them grow.Thanks for sharing.
Kathy saysApril 7, 2015 at 12:13 pm
I love this idea! I’ll have to try this out. It’s so neat! I actually love using all kinds of fresh herbs.
Michele D saysApril 7, 2015 at 12:52 pm
Those came out so nice. I don’t grow herbs that often but I plan on using this when I do. Love it!
Victoria saysApril 7, 2015 at 1:11 pm
This is such a fun idea. I keep telling myself I need to be more crafty.
Jacqui saysApril 7, 2015 at 2:11 pm
I love how cute and simple this is! My girls has been really into gardening lately. I should try this with them.
April @ Everyday Fitness and Nutrition saysApril 7, 2015 at 10:14 am
These are so cute and would look great out on our patio! I’ve been wanting to plant some flowers and add some color.
Chubskulit Rose saysApril 7, 2015 at 2:40 pm
Now those are some colorful and artsy planters. MY daughter would love to do this kind project.
Mary Larsen saysApril 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm
These are so pretty! What a great way to get outdoors and get ready for Earth Day!
valerie g saysApril 7, 2015 at 3:27 pm
what an awesome idea. i’m going ot have to try this soon!!!
Ann Bacciaglia saysApril 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm
This looks like such a fun project to do. I will have to gather my supplies and make a few for my house.
Jeanine saysApril 7, 2015 at 5:46 pm
What a great idea! They are very cute too. I love repressing things already on hand for things like this!
Mama to 5 BLessings saysApril 7, 2015 at 7:13 pm
What a cute idea! I love the colors you picked.
Autumn @Mamachallenge saysApril 7, 2015 at 7:41 pm
Those are so cute and a really great craft! I think a few of those around my backyard would be awesome.
Chrystal @ YUM eating saysApril 7, 2015 at 8:59 pm
We usually buy whole bean coffee in the bag so I am going to have to tell my mother and mother in law to save their cans for me so kiddo and I can make these. We have a fairy garden inside and outside that these would be perfect for.
Krystal saysApril 7, 2015 at 9:41 pm
You can ModPodge anything! I am loving it. How fun are those colors?! 🙂
Elaina saysApril 7, 2015 at 11:10 pm
You are so creative! I have to save this and try it!
Letty C. saysApril 8, 2015 at 1:53 am
This looks very cute and very easy to make. I love upcycling DIY.
Eileen saysApril 8, 2015 at 2:31 am
This DIY came out great! I love the pattern you used on them!
Jacqueline saysApril 8, 2015 at 3:35 am
These are really cute! I wonder if you put clear packaging tape around the entire thing carefully, like laminated sort of, if then the ribbon wouldn’t fade/get moldy. This project gives me so many ideas to expand on for my little succulent garden– cool, thanks!
valmg @ From Val's Kitchen saysApril 8, 2015 at 4:46 am
I’ve never grown any herbs, I’ve always bought them at the store. This is a great idea for reusing old coffee cans.
Manu Kalia saysApril 8, 2015 at 6:21 am
Wow. the design pattern is gorgeous, I will share this to my wife, she loves gardening. Thank you for sharing!
Aisha Kristine Chong saysApril 8, 2015 at 9:05 am
This is great and it looks so wonderful too. I love DIY’s like these.
Lynndee saysApril 8, 2015 at 12:55 pm
What a brilliant idea! My favorite herbs to use are basil and parsley. I almost always use them in every meal that I cook.
Cherri Megasko saysApril 8, 2015 at 1:33 pm
Oh my gosh … those just scream “Happy Spring!” What a fantastic, low cost, thoughtful gift idea!
Felicia saysApril 8, 2015 at 1:42 pm
These are really cute. I like how you were able to make something used into something creative, fun and reusable.
Rosey saysApril 8, 2015 at 6:13 pm
I like the bright spring colors. I’m not adverse to any fresh herbs. If we’ve got ’em, I’ll find a way to use ’em!
Gabriel saysApril 8, 2015 at 5:56 pm
We have probably 100 metal formula cans in the garage that would be great in a project like this. Might be time to bust out the drill again.
Marina John saysApril 9, 2015 at 2:39 am
What a great project to do with the kids! I love how cute they look! How creative. Thanks for sharing.
CourtneyLynne saysApril 9, 2015 at 2:42 am
omg these are like the cutest things ever!!! Totally need to make these. Going to pin so I remember 🙂
Laura Funk saysApril 9, 2015 at 9:30 pm
These are so so so cute. Thanks for sharing
Veronica Lee saysJanuary 8, 2017 at 9:08 am
These came out so pretty! How crafty!
mycraftingworld saysApril 9, 2017 at 6:33 am
I like this idea. I also think this can make good storage organization items too. If the girls make them… it might inspire the girls to keep their items picked up.
Heather Johnson saysAugust 8, 2017 at 7:42 pm
I love making crafts with supplies that I already have on hand. Now I need to get some coffee cans out!
Sadie saysAugust 8, 2017 at 9:44 pm
Oh, these are great! I LOVE the colors you picked. These would fit perfectly in our small backyard!
Rose saysAugust 8, 2017 at 10:37 pm
I like these. I think they are super cute and easy to make is a bonus. I can see kids making this for a gift! I don’t have any coffee cans at the present time but I bet they are not to hard to come by.
On Women's Mind saysAugust 9, 2017 at 12:49 am
Perfect timing for trying out such a beautiful DIY idea. Love the way you explained the whole procedure of making it .
Nellie saysAugust 10, 2017 at 3:32 pm
I love this super simple DIY project! I can’t wait to try it myself.
Lauren saysAugust 11, 2017 at 3:34 am
Ooh those turned out super cute! I love diy projects. Especially ones you can do with the kids 🙂
mycraftingworld saysNovember 5, 2017 at 6:48 am
We are making these with smaller cans and using them for other things. This time they are going to hold candy canes and other Christmas candies. The girls just love making crafts.
Peggy Nunn saysJuly 25, 2018 at 8:05 am
This is a great idea to use up all the coffee cans I have been saving. Thank you for the idea.
Dana Rodriguez saysJuly 27, 2018 at 12:11 pm
These turned out so nice.. they look like they came from a store. Clever way to re-use!
stella methvin saysJuly 31, 2018 at 7:37 am
this is a great craft for the kiddos too with help. and we can use any can for several uses!! great idea!!!!
Julie Waldron saysJuly 31, 2018 at 2:24 pm
These are so cute! They would be a great project for Mother’s Day gifts. Thanks for sharing!