DIY Beer can cactus planter

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My husband picked up a six pack of Modus Hoperandi IPA for a BBQ a couple of weeks ago.  I loved the look of these cans and knew I wanted to make something out of them.  I walked by the succulents at my local gardening store and I knew instantly what I would use them for…upcycled beer can planters!


6 beer or soda cans
wire or metal cutters
needle or something similar to poke holes
pliers and small piece of cloth (optional)
potting soil
6 potted succulents

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Look for an interesting soda or beer can to turn into a planter.  You can even mix and match!  Once you’ve chosen, wash out your cans and turn them upside down to dry.

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Carefully cut off the top of the can using wire or metal cutters.

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Take care not to cut yourself on the sharp aluminum.

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Use something sharp to poke holes in the bottom of the can.  I used an upholstery needle.

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Carefully fold over the edge of the can to make a smooth top.

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The aluminum is very soft and it’s easy to fold over with your fingers.

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You can use a pair of pliers on edge if you wish.  Put a piece of cloth under the pliers to protect the can.

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Add a rock to the bottom of the can.  Succulents thrive well in dry soil, so the planter can get too light and blow away with something to weigh it down.

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If you are planting flowers I recommend using a handful of small rocks on the bottom.  Flowers will need the rocks for proper water drainage.

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Add about 5 inches of potting soil to the bottom of the can.

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Transfer the succulent to the can.

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Wow, it looks great and it’s so easy!

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You can even display your new planters on coasters!!!


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