Aluminum Can Succulent Garden

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and All You, but all my opinions are my own. #lifeforless #pmedia

Aluminum Can Succulent Garden via #LifeForLess #pmediaThe other week while doing my grocery shopping I picked up the July issue of All You Magazine at my local Publix Supermarket. The cover alone was very enticing. This magazine is chocked full of money saving ideas! From easy recipes, lifestyle articles, coupons, and DIY and decor ideas All You Magazine really does have it all.

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After reading the magazine cover to cover I got the idea to make an Aluminum Can Succulent Garden. They had a Take this, make thatCraft Challenge. It’s a brand new column to All You. They give two craft bloggers an object and they have to create a project in 3-steps or fewer and under $5. This months challenge was to use an aluminum can. At first, I wasn’t sure what I would make using an aluminum can. After refreshing our patio for summer I realized I wanted to incorporate succulents and that’s when I got the idea to create an Aluminum Can Succulent Garden.

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  • Aluminum Cans (free)
  • Spray Paint (had on hand)
  • Drop Cloth (had on hand)
  • Drill with 1/4-inch Drill Bit (had on hand)
  • Succulents ($3.97 each)
  • Garden Gloves (had on hand)
  • Shovel (had on hand)

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Step 1: Remove the paper from the aluminum can. Clean the can well. Lay a drop cloth (or newspaper on hand) down outside. Do multiple thin coats of spray paint in the color of your choice. Let it dry 15-20 minutes in between coats until the surface is completely covered.

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Step 2: Once the aluminum cans are dry drill 3 holes into the bottom of the can. This will allow the water to drain out of the can for the plants. I used a 1/4-inch drill bit.

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Step 3: Plant your succulents! Because the cans are so small you will not need to buy additional succulent and cactus dirt. Just use the dirt that comes with your plants. You will need to remove a lot of the dirt from the plant. Gently plant each succulent. For the smaller can I was able to use just a quarter of one of the succulents I bought. They pull apart pretty easy although my father in-law who is a master gardener does not recommend splitting the succulents. He says that they don’t thrive as much when they are seperated. I broke the rule and separated them.

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So what are you waiting for… save a few of your cans when cooking dinner this week, breakout the spray paint, and then head to your local garden store to pick up some succulents! Make this easy and inexpensive Aluminum Can Succulent Garden for less than $5 per can! And then thank me and All You Magazine for saving you money and sprucing up your living space!

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Head to the All You site where you can find the nearest store to purchase All You Magazine, as well find a money saving coupon to purchase your copy of All You Magazine. And if you take on the challenge make sure you head on over to the All You Facebook page and submit your project. You will have the chance to win a $25 Michaels Gift Card.

Disclaimer: This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and All You, but all my opinions are my own. #lifeforless #pmedia


  1. They turned out so good! Great recycling project too 🙂

  2. Love the way this looks. Great job!!

  3. I love these! What a great idea, pinned for later 🙂

  4. These are so cute, Katie! And I’m envious of your spray paint gun thingy. (Like my technical terminology?) I always end up with a sore (and painty) finger at the end of a long spray paint session. :-/

  5. I agree with Lauren – I need to get a spray paint gun thingy! 🙂 Love this project – pinned it!

  6. I love succulents– so stylish and so hard to kill! Your garden is lovely.

  7. Loooove those colors! And succulents are one plant I can’t kill. (Or shouldn’t be able to, anyway!)

  8. These plants are my favorite. Loved your fun project!

  9. Do you put anthing under the can so the water doesnt drain everywhere?

    • Hi Kari, I do not put anything under the cans. You do not need to water them often, so when I do water them I remove them from the table and place them on the ground. Once they are done draining out (about a day) I will put them back on the table.


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