Paint Can Plant Pot - DIY with Haydn

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Put your old paint cans to good use by turning them into plant pots. You can use paint, and now the paint can to style your home with this easy and fun upcycle.


  • Empty Paint Can
  • Haydn Measuring Tape
  • Haydn 5x Dry Rubbing Sanding Sheet
  • Haydn Cork Sanding Block
  • Haydn Plastic Protection Sheet
  • Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover Gloss White
  • Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matt Paint Charcoal
  • 12mmx12mm Square Wood
  • Hand Saw
  • Hot Glue Gun


Step 1: Figure out how much wood you will need and at what length you want them around the paint can. Mark where you need to cut the wood with your Haydn Measuring Tape. For our Zinsser Undercoat 1L paint can, we had 6 legs measuring 180mm and 19 decorative pieces measuring 140mm.

Step 2: Once marked out, use your handsaw to cut the wood. The Haydn Dry Rubbing Paper and Cork Sanding Block will help smooth the edges or any inconsistencies that may occur while sawing.

Step 3: Now it’s time to spray paint! Shake your Rust-Oleum Chalked Ultra Matte Spray Paint well before spraying in a steady back and forth motion approximately 25-30cm from the wood. Make sure you don’t forget the ends or the sides!

Step 4: While this is drying you can get to work on the empty paint can. Place the can upright after cleaning it. Again, ensure you shake the Rust-Oleum 2X Ultra Cover Paint well before spraying approximately 25-40cm away from the paint can. We found that we only needed one coat because of its breakthrough technology, which provides twice the coverage in a single pass, giving you a flawless finish in half the time. How good!

Step 5: Wait for this to dry, and don’t forget to turn over and spray the backs of your wooden pieces before continuing.

Step 6: Now it’s time to bring it all together. Using your hot glue gun, glue all the wooden pieces where you want them. We opted for spacing them slightly apart to show the underneath colour but feel free to get creative with this.

Step 7: And lastly the final touch, add in your plant!


  • Use different Rust-Oleum Spray Paint colours
  • Change how many legs you have
  • Adjust the spacing between the wood pieces


  • Real plants may not be suitable as drainage could be required as it may rust the pot