These little decoupage tin can planters have given me a frugal option for growing my succulents in pretty pots. I have quite a number of succulents, and I hope to add some more to my collection. And I am so happy to have found this tin can planter idea on Pinterest, so I don’t have to spend much on pots.

Materials & Tools

Tin cans

Image prints on regular printing paper (not thick photo paper)

Mod Podge 

Spray paint

Sponge brush 


The Steps

Spray paint your tin cans and allow them to dry properly. This might take a couple of hours. As you might need to give them more than one coat of paint. And they will need to dry properly so that you won’t smudge them while handling.

 After the paint on the cans have dried properly, use the sponge brush to apply Mod Podge to area of one can that will be covered with an image. 


Place the image print onto the are of the can that is covered with Mod Podge.



Use your fingers to gently smooth out the paper. You can also press the print gently onto the can with your fingers to let some of the ridges on the can show under the print.


Apply a generous amount of Mod Podge over the print on the tin can.


Repeat the process with all your tin cans and image prints. Then allow them to dry properly overnight before using them as planters.

If you are using them as planters, you can make holes in the bottom of the can to allow drainage.

However, if you will be using them as succulent planters, you might not need to put holes for drainage, as succulents don’t require frequent watering, so there won’t be a need for much drainage in the planters.

Let me know how your tin cans turn out if you try this project.

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