Can Planter/Seed Starter:

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Introduction: Can Planter/Seed Starter:

Cheap and easy seed starter pots.

You will need:

  • Aluminum Can
  • Double Wheel Can Opener
  • Drill with Small Bit (Optional)
  • Soil
  • Seeds
  • Rubber Band
  • Saran Wrap
  • Tooth Pick

Step 1: Drink a Beverage:

Chose a beverage of your choice and enjoy out of an aluminium can. A can with some interesting graphics can add some fun to your planters.

Step 2: Top Removal 1:

Remove the top using a can opener similar to the one in the adjacent photo. I have found that a double wheel can opener works best. A double wheel can opener has a rotating cutting wheel and a serrated feeder wheel.

Step 3: Top Removal 2:

If cut properly the top can be removed leaving no sharp edges on the planter. Cut out section will have sharp edges. Please be cautious when removing.

Step 4: Drainage:

If you would like to add drainage to your planters drill a hole in the bottom. I use an 1/8 drill bit, but hole size is entirely up to you.

Step 5: Soil:

Fill with soil allowing approximately 1 inch gap from the top. Plant seeds to recommended depth for each species and water.

Step 6: Mini Greenhouse:

Place a small piece of Saran Wrap over the top and secure with a rubber band. Poke approximately five holes with a toothpick to allow the planter to breathe. Once your seedling has sprouted you can remove the Saran Wrap to allow the plant to grow. When transplanting use a pair of scissors to cut down the can thus allowing the soil puck to slide out. Recycle used can when done.

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    4 Discussions

    This is a nice two fold recycle!! May I suggest putting a date when you planted seeds on the side? This way you'll keep your frustration level down and can throw the contents out if it prefers to sulk in the seed form!

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    Nice reuse of can...

    That's a neat way to reuse them :)