Kitchen Supply Planters

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In this Instructable, you will learn how to plant a succulent and spider plant using re-purposed kitchen supplies. We will be planting the succulent in a tin can and the spider plant in a pitcher. Continue reading below to learn how to make these unique kitchen supply planters!


Materials List:

  • Newspaper
  • Garden gloves (optional)
  • Garden soil
  • Measuring cup or small hand shovel
  • Kitchen pitcher or other container of similar size (we used a gravy boat)
  • Tin can (coffee, soup, etc.)
    • You will need more than one if you want to plant more succulents
  • Ribbon
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brush
  • Other craft supplies you wish to use to decorate your tin can
  • Spider plant
  • Succulent
  • 1 1/2 cups of water

Supplies:

Step 1: Lay Out the Newspaper

Lay down your newspaper on a flat surface like your kitchen table or even the floor!

Step 2: Gather All of Your Supplies

Gather all of your supplies and lay them out on the newspaper -- however you wish to organize

  • We will start with the tin can

Step 3: It's Time to Decorate the Tin Can!

**If you wish to leave the tin can plain, you can skip this step**

  • Take any paper/plastic wrapping off of the can
  • Paint the tin can any color with craft paint
  • If you have other craft supplies (glitter, stickers, etc.) you can use those to decorate the can as well

Please wait for the paint to dry before you move on to the next steps

While you are waiting for the tin can to dry, you can start working on the spider plant pitcher (see step 11)

Step 4: Put on the Gardening Gloves (optional)

Step 5: Fill the Tin Can With Soil

Take the measuring cup or small hand shovel and scoop dirt into the tin can until it is 3/4 full.

Step 6: Create a Hole for the Succulent

Use your fingers to separate the soil in the can and create a small hole for the succulent.

Step 7: Place the Succulent Into the Can

Carefully pick up the succulent by the base of the plant and place the succulent into the hole you created in the tin can

Step 8: Fill in the Hole Around the Succulent

Use your hands to move some of the soil around the inside edge of the can into the center to fill in the area around the succulent

  • You can add more soil around the succulent if needed
  • The soil that the succulent originally came in should be covered
  • Be careful not to cover the green leaves of the succulent

Step 9: Water the Succulent

Using a water glass or small container, water the succulent with about 1/2 cup of water.

  • You will want to saturate the soil around the succulent
  • If 1/2 cup of water does not saturate the soil, add more water until the soil around the succulent is saturated with water

**Please click on this link to learn how to care for your succulent: https://www.succulentsandsunshine.com/guide-growin...

Step 10: Place the Succulent in Direct Sunlight

Windowsills work best, but anywhere in direct sunlight will work!

Step 11: Now It's Time to Use the Pitcher

Place the pitcher in front of you on the newspaper.

  • Any glass/plastic/ceramic water pitcher will do.

Step 12: Put on the Gardening Gloves (optional)

Step 13: Fill the Pitcher With Soil

Use the measuring cup or hand shovel to scoop the soil into the pitcher until it is 3/4 full.

Step 14: Create a Hole for the Spider Plant

Use your fingers to separate the soil in the can and create a hole for the spider plant.

Step 15: Place the Spider Plant Into the Pitcher

Carefully pick up the spider plant by the base of the plant and place it into the hole you created in the pitcher

Step 16: Fill in the Hole Around the Spider Plant

Use your hands to move some of the soil around the inside edge of the pitcher into the center to fill in the area around the spider plant.

  • You can add more soil around the spider plant if needed.
  • The soil that the spider plant originally came in should be covered.
  • Be careful not to cover the leaves of the spider plant.

Step 17: Water the Spider Plant

Using a water glass, water the spider plant with about 1 cup of water.

  • You want the soil to be moist, but not soggy.

**Please click on this link to learn how to care for the spider plant: https://www.almanac.com/plant/spider-plants

Step 18: Decorate the Pitcher

**If you wish to leave the pitcher plain, please skip this step**

  • Move the pitcher and ribbon to a clean part of the newspaper or on another clean surface.
  • Cut a piece of ribbon that will fit around the diameter or handle of the pitcher, leaving extra ribbon to tie a bow.
  • Using the ribbon, tie a bow around the pitcher.

Step 19: Place the Spider Plant in Indirect Sunlight

Direct, hot sunlight can burn the spider plant's leaves, causing brown tips and spots.

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    joen

    23 days ago

    I like the way that you are using a tin can for one of the containers. They are very useful for that purpose. However when I started doing my tin can hydroponics I started using the tin cans as is (after they were cleaned of course). But I found out that the plastic liner that comes with the cans would loose its integrity and the can itself would start to rust into the nutrient. I solved that problem by using a plastic sandwich bag as a liner to contain the nutrient. Is that a problem with your tin can containers? Or is your moist soil protecting the can? Again, great idea.

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    Mhanrahan5joen

    Reply 22 days ago

    Thank you for your comment. We have not had any issues with rust so far. This may be due to the fact that we strictly planted succulents in the cans, which are only watered every 14 days. If you are watering your plants more frequently, your can may rust more easily. I think using a plastic bag as a liner for the tin can is a great idea for those who are concerned about rust. Thank you for the suggestion!

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    audreyobscura

    23 days ago

    These came out so well! I love the plants you decided to put in each one too!

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    Mhanrahan5audreyobscura

    Reply 23 days ago

    Thank you so much for your comment! I really enjoyed making these, and hope others do too!