DIY Planter (with Recycled Tomato Can)

The lack of greenery outside depresses me during the winter. Needless to say, I was thrilled to see potted window herbs for sale in the produce section of Walmart a couple weeks ago, and I just had to buy my favorite kind, basil. Basil is good in so many dishes, and I love having such easy access to it.

I didn’t have any extra pots to put it in, though, so I decided to make my own. This is a super simple DIY project that only requires a large can, some fabric, and mod podge. It makes for a great little window plant for yourself or even as a gift for the gardener or gourmet chef in your life.

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First step: Hammer some holes into the bottom of your can. This is so the water will drain out of the soil and not drown your plant. It can be done with a hammer and nail.

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Next, cut the fabric you are going to use to size.

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Paint your can with a thick layer of mod podge.

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Carefully smooth your fabric onto your can, making sure the edges of the fabric are even.

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Finally, paint a layer of mod podge over your fabric to seal it and protect it from water.

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Let your can dry completely before planting your herb or flower. This may take up to a day. When your can is dry, layer the bottom with some medium sized rocks. This is to further help the draining process. Finally, fill with soil and plant!

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I set my planter on a cute vintage tea plate to capture any spare water so it won’t ruin my windowsill. If you don’t have a window in your kitchen, be sure to keep it somewhere where there is still plenty of light. This is a great way to brighten up a dismal winter kitchen!

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And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

-Luke 2:8-12

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