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Tin can fence pots

Mark Rayner transforms a humble tin can into a space-saving vertical plant pot in this simple, inexpensive and quick to-make project.

You will need: a 40mm jolt head galvanised nail, tin can, sandpaper, clean cloth, hammer, nail punch, paintbrush and a paint stirrer. Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer and a Resene testpot of Resene Pohutukawa.

To get the look: Mark stained the background fence with Resene Woodsman Penetrating Oil Stain tinted to Resene Grey Green.

Here's another idea: Hang a group of painted tin cans on a fence to create an instant vertical herb garden.

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Step 1 how to make this plant pot from a painted can

Step 1
Use the hammer and nail punch to carefully punch a hole in the back of the tin can, as shown – ensure the hole is large enough to fit over the 40mm nail head.

Step 2 how to make this plant pot from a painted can

Step 2
In the same way, punch a few drainage holes in the base of the can.

Step 3 how to make this plant pot from a painted can

Step 3
Lightly sand the outside of the tin can as this will help to 'key' the surface. Wipe off any sanding residue with a clean cloth.

Step 4 how to make this plant pot from a painted can

Step 4
Stir the Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer with a paint stirrer.

Step 5 how to make this plant pot from a painted can

Step 5
Apply one coat of Resene Waterborne Smooth Surface Sealer to the inside and outside of the tin can and allow two hours to dry.

Step 6 how to make this plant pot from a painted can

Step 6
Apply one coat of Resene Pohutukawa to the outside of the tin can and allow two hours to dry.

Step 7 how to make this plant pot from a painted can

Step 7
Apply a second coat of Resene Pohutukawa to the outside of the tin can and allow two hours to dry.

Step 8 how to make this plant pot from a painted can

Step 8
Step 8: Hammer the 40mm nail into the fence at an approximate 45-degree angle, as shown. Plant up your pot with good-quality potting mix and your favourite potted colour and hang the pot from the protruding nail.

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