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Handmade Christmas – Painted Flower Pots


Handmade Christmas – Painted Flower Pots

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Handmade Christmas – Painted Flower Pots!

Another recycled craft using food cans! This time I’ve been crafting with handmade Christmas gifts in mind. I love how these turned out, they brought a little touch of Spring to my kitchen!

If you are giving these as a Christmas gift you can tie some Christmas ribbon around the top of the tin and pop on a gift label. It is also a good idea to give them with a saucer (I picked up a huge mixed batch at our local auction house for a couple of pounds!). These tins will naturally rust over time, a saucer underneath will protect windowsills and tables from damage.

These really couldn’t be simpler to make, but I warn you – they become addictive, you may find it impossible to throw away a ring pull bean tin ever again!

You will need:

Ring pull food cans (I’ve used baked bean tins for the taller pots and chestnut tins for the squatter ones here)

Acrylic paint (I used Windsor and Newton Galeria in Pale Olive, Pale Violet, Windsor Violet, Powder Blue, Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Medium and Opera Rose)

Paint brushes

Cyclamen plants, primroses or spring bulbs

Compost

Small stones or gravel

Adrill or nail and hammer

Method

Wash and thoroughly dry your tins

Wash and thoroughly dry your tins Drill or nail punch a few drainage holes into the bottom of the tin (sand off any sharp edges if necessary but if you punch or drill inwards this shouldn’t be needed)

Paint a base coat of acrylic paint onto the tin, allow to dry and then apply a second coat

Once the second coat has dried completely you can paint on your flowers. I penciled my design on faintly first as the ridges in the tin can throw you off course so a guideline helps! Allow to dry.

Sprinkle a layer of gravel into the tin, then some compost.

Nestle your spring flowers into place

Water lightly

Of course, if they are going outside, there is no need for a saucer at all!

Children love making these too so share the tin love!

Another recycled craft using food cans! This time handmade Christmas gifts in mind. I love how these turned out they bring a hint of spring!

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