Can Planter/Seed Starter:


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:


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:


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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