How to Turn Tin Cans into DIY Flower Pots

Follow these simple steps and learn how to make diy flower pots out of tin cans!

I’m a plant lady now.

I’ve kept 3 house plants alive for a year, so I think that makes me an expert- right??;)

Somehow it has given me enough courage that every time I go to the store, it seems another baby plant ends up in my cart…(How did THAT get there??)

But, there’s one thing I don’t like about all those cute little baby plants – the boring, green plastic containers they come in! 

I discovered by sheer coincidence that a large tin can is the perfect size to set them in – so I decided to try to make them into some stylish faux cement diy flower pots.

I just love how they turned out. This project is quick and easy – aside from the initial drying time. You just might want to treat your plant babies with some of these new outfits, too!;)

How to Make DIY Flower Pots out of Tin Cans

Supplies you’ll need:

Supplies for diy flower pot out of a tin can

  • Large tin can
  • Drywall Compound
  • Acrylic paints in a variety of colors (I used a light gray, dark gray, black metallic, rusty red, green, and very light gray)
  • Craft paint brush
  • Makeup sponge or cut magic eraser
  • paper towel
  • water

Step 1: Apply a thick layer of drywall compound onto the tin can and let dry thoroughly.

I stuck my hand right into the can to hold it sideways, and slathered on a thick layer of  compound using a flat plastic spatula. I spread the compound so that it was rather bumpy and textured. Let it sit it on a newspaper to dry. This part takes at least 24 hours – depending on how thick the compound is.

Step 2: Layer the paint colors onto the dried surface of the tin can until you achieve the look of cement.

How to paint faux cement on a tin can:

This is the fun part! Using your variety of paint colors, apply paint in layers. Here is the basic method I used:

Steps for making a DIY flower pot out of a tin can and creating a cement look by layering acrylic paint colors.

I applied lichen grey and terra cotta with a wide craft brush, and let it dry completely in between coats.

Acrylic paint colors to make a tin can look like cement.

Then, I applied batteship gray onto the surface with a sponge, “pouncing” it on over the surface. As you can see in the picture, it didn’t completely cover the previous layer. That’s ok!

The Matte Metallics “carbon” color was applied the same way. Before it was completely dry, however, I wiped the surface gently with a wet paper towel and then dried it with another paper towel. That gave it a more soft looking surface.

I finished it off by “pouncing” on a final coat of the light gray color “dovetail”, and again wiped it afterwards with a wet paper towel and then a dry one.

Finished DIY flower pots out of tin cans that look like cement.

I was so excited to see the aged “rustic” faux cement finish that I was looking for come to life. As you can see, no 2 faux cement containers will look exactly alike. Each one will look slightly different based on the way the drywall compound was put on and the paint layerings.


On one of the pots above, you may see a bit of green peeking through. I experimented with that color a bit, too. I thought it looked a bit like “moss” that might grow on a really old cement pot.

For more craft projects using acrylic craft paint, you might want to check these out:

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  1. They look so stylish! And imagine having one of those lavendar plants in one! I love this! We have big planters that came with the house that is not the most beautiful color I’ve seen so I am going to try and transform one!

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