DIY Animal Can Planters

DIY Animal Can Planters

Teach your kids how to grow and care for their own plants with these super fun recy­cled tuna can planters! They’ll have a blast cre­at­ing the crazy ani­mals and bugs, com­plete with legs, wings, and ears.

DIY Animal Can Planter

I always use mini planters to prop­a­gate some of my favorite plants. This activ­ity can turn into a lovely way to dec­o­rate your home—stem cut­tings can look really cool while rooting.

DIY Animal Can Planters

These cute mini planters are also per­fect for succulents!

DIY Animal Can Planters

What You Need

  • Tuna can
  • Fab­ric
  • Mal­leable wire
  • Pli­ers
  • Awl
  • Scis­sors
  • Pen­cil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Pins
  • Nee­dle & thread
  • Beads, pom-poms, etc.
  • Paint

Prep­ping The Can

DIY Animal Can Planters

Step 1
Smooth the cut edge of the tuna can using pliers.

DIY Animal Can Planters

Step 2
Make sev­eral holes in the bot­tom of the tuna can with an awl.

DIY Animal Can Planters

How To Make The Wings Part 1

Note that I didn’t cut any piece of wire; I just used the whole piece and cut the wire when the wings were fin­ished.

Step 1
Gen­tly fold the wire, cre­at­ing a loop at one end.

Step 2
Coil and tuck the excess wire.

Step 3
Use the tuna can to get the mea­sure­ments for where to bend the part of the wire that sits in the can.

Step 4 & 5
Bend the wire at the end of the wing to make sharp angles as shown in the pho­tos above.

Step 6–8
Once you have the wire bent on the four angles, cre­ate a new loop for the other wing. Coil and tuck the wire.

DIY Animal Can Planters

The wing struc­ture has to fit inside of your tuna can.

DIY Animal Can Planters

How To Make The Wings Part 2

Step 1
Place one of the wings onto the wrong side of the fab­ric and trace the shape. Cut the shape out, leav­ing a seam allowance.

Step 2
Take the piece of fab­ric and wrap it around the loop wire; pin the folded edges. Then stitch all around the loop wire. Cut the excess edges.

Step 3
Repeat the process to make the other wing. You can dec­o­rate your wings by stitch­ing some lines using run­ning stitches.

DIY Animal Can Planters

How To Make The Legs

Make legs from Pop­si­cle sticks ends. Cut 6 pieces of 0.8 inch ( 2.3 cm) length. Dis­trib­ute 3 of them on one side of the bot­tom of the tuna can and glue. Repeat with the other 3 pieces on the oppo­site side.

DIY Animal Can Planters

The Fin­ish­ing Touches

Now place the wings struc­ture into the tuna can, cen­ter, and glue to fix it in place.

DIY Animal Can Planters

Dec­o­rate your lit­tle ani­mal or bug using beads and pom-poms for the face and paint the feet.

DIY Animal Can Planters

I love the golden brass of the tuna can com­bined with wood, so I left it vis­i­ble. But you could paint the tuna can or wrap it using cute paper or fab­ric … or glue pom-poms all over the body to make some crazy fel­lows! Just have fun dec­o­rat­ing it.

DIY Animal Can Planters

Fill with soil and plant some seeds to intro­duce your kids to gar­den­ing, or just plant tiny suc­cu­lents to instantly add some green to your place.

DIY Animal Can Planters

Enjoy!