CRAFT Summer Camp

By Marie LeBaron
Flowers are all in bloom this summer season, showing their bright sunny petals. So we’ve decided to add to the summer celebration by recycling a few aluminum cans into some adorable flower planters. These are fun to make and are great to give as a present for a loved one.

Kids Flowers Supplies


Aluminum can
Drill or hammer and nail
Sponge brush
Decoupage glue
I used Mod Podge
Tissue paper
Soil and flower to plant


Kids Flowers Step1
Step 1: Drill 4-5 holes into the bottom side of your aluminum can to give your planter some good drainage. You can use a drill or a hammer and nail. If the aluminum is a little pokey after you drill the holes, hammer down the sharp points.
Kids Flowers Step2
Step 2: Measure and cut out your tissue paper to go around the can. Allow the tissue paper to overlap by 1/4″ around the can and about 1/2″ above the can to fold inside.
Kids Flowers Step3
Step 3: Using your sponge brush, add decoupage cream to your can for the glue.
Kids Flowers Step4
Step 4: Add your tissue paper on top of the can and press, making sure to get it in all the grooves of the can. Be careful not to rub the tissue paper too much or it will tear from being wet with glue. Also glue down the extra area of tissue paper at the top, folding it over and gluing it down. Let this dry completely.
Kids Flowers Step5
Step 5: Now add a coat of decoupage to the outside of the can, over the tissue paper, to help seal it there. Let this dry completely.
Step 6: Once your tissue paper can is dry, it’s ready for some soil and a flower plant. You can also add a little ribbon or ric-rac for some flare. Have fun celebrating this summer with flowers!
About the Author:
Author Marielebaron
Marie LeBaron is a crafter, foodie, and mother of three from Salt Lake City, Utah. You can see more of her crafts at her blog Make and Takes.

23 thoughts on “How-To: Aluminum Can Flower Pots

  1. So adorable! I am hosting a Mother’s Day craft playdate for our local mom’s group next month and we will be making these with the kids. We may use fabric since I have a lot of scrap. Thanks for the idea!

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