Paint Can DIY Planter for Dad

This easy DIY planter is made from a paint can and dressed up with duct tape!

Jill Staake

My dad is a true handyman. Whatever you need done, he can do it. Plumbing, electrical, carpentry, automotive… it’s all in his wheelhouse. But a workshop or garage isn’t the only place you’ll find him, since he enjoys gardening too. He was my inspiration for this easy DIY planter made from a paint can and some duct tape.

Paint Can DIY Planter

If you’d like to use an old paint can for this project, you’ll need to clean it thoroughly first, at least on the inside. If that sounds like more work than you want to do, you can take the easy way out like I did and buy an empty paint can at your local home improvement store for a few dollars.

Paint Can DIY PlanterTo create the planter, I simply wrapped duct tape around the can one section at a time, trying to smooth it as I went. A few wrinkles won’t matter much, so don’t be too particular. The hardest part is working around the handle – I just trimmed a few small pieces to fit in those areas.

Duct tape comes in lots of styles now, including the yellow “measuring tape” design I used for the middle stripe on the can. Visit your local craft or hardware store to find plenty of options, and you’re bound to find a design that fits your dad’s style.

To make the “Happy Father’s Day” tag, I wrapped a 3X5 notecard with duct tape and attached it to a paint can stirrer stick (mine happened to be used – it’s more authentic, right?)

If your dad will be displaying this planter outside, poke a few holes in the bottom to allow for drainage. If you want to be able to use it inside, add some stones at the bottom for drainage, or plant your plants in a smaller plastic pot and set it into the paint can.


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