Organic succulents in recycled paint dipped cans are a perfect offering for any adult on your list, from teachers, coaches and tutors to grandparents. They also make a festive and thoughtful hostess gift if you happen to be going to a friend's our neighbor's house for Christmas dinner. Making this DIY present is a super easy project that is fun to do with your kids at the kitchen table on a cold winter day. The finished product looks great when presented and can be enjoyed year round. Most of the supplies needed for this project can be found in your recycling bin and garage. The only thing you may need to pick up are the organic succulents.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
What you will need:
- empty cans
- organic succulents
- organic soil
- leftover paint
- baker’s twine
Step 2: Pick Your Plant
My son picked his favorite organic succulents from our local organic supplier. He chose plants based on his teacher’s personalities – that is who he is giving the plants to. We suggest choosing succulents because they are a plant that everyone enjoys and that can easily grow in the cans.
Step 3: Add a Little Color
Soak the cans for a few minutes and then remove the labels. Dry and then dip the bottom half of each can into leftover paint – we had paint leftover from a project that was perfect for these gifts – allow to dry overnight.
Step 4: Add a Few Holes
Use a screwdriver and mallet to make several holes on the bottom of the tin car for drainage. You can also use your craft knife to clean up the paint line around the cans.
Step 5: Add the Rocks
Add a thin layer of rocks to the bottom of each can for drainage.
Step 6: Add the Soil
Let your child add the soil to each can, leaving room to plant your succulent, then cover the top with soil too.
Step 7: Water
Add a little water to get your succulent started and sit in a sunny place until you present it to your recipient.
Step 8: Add a Little Ribbon
Use baker’s twine or natural twine to add a little greeting note for that special someone who will receive your paint dipped recycled can succulent plants!