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Tin Can Pine Cone Planters

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Tin Can Pine Cone Planters

In honor of Earth Day coming up next week on April 22nd, we are sharing a tin can upcycle project.   These Tin Can Pine Cone Planters are so cute and are pretty easy to make too.  The pine cones add texture and they can be spray painted any color to match your own taste or decor.

Tin Can Pine Cone Planters

I used tin cans in various sizes.

Upcycle Tin Can Pine Cone Planter

12 pine cones were used for this project.   Depending on the size of the pine cone and tin can, you may need more or less.   I found that a wire cutter and a pair of household scissors worked best to detach and trim the ends of the pine cone.

Upcycle Tin Can Pine Cone Planter

I used the wire cutter to basically get a hold of the tip, twist and cut.  After trying several different methods, I found this was the easiest and the fastest, and what worked best for me.

Upcycle Tin Can Pine Cone Planter

I cut from the larger end of the pine cone (the bottom) and worked my way up as those tips were easier to get to.  I left the smaller end alone.  I asked Mr. Hobby to cut off the smaller ends to be used possibly for another project down the road.   You can see I stripped the cones pretty well.

Upcycle Tin Can Pine Cone Planter

After I cut off all the tips, I used the scissors to trim them so I only had the end of the tips remaining.

Upcycle Tin Can Pine Cone Planter

The process of pulling off the pine tips and trimming them took a couple of hours and was a little tedious until I got the hang of it.   I ended up with a little less than 1/3 of a bowl full of pine cone tips.  This was more than enough to cover the 3 tins I was using.

Upcycle Tin Can Pine Cone Planter

E6000 glue was used to attach the pine cone tips to the cans.  I worked in sections, applying glue, then pine cone tips.   The process went much faster than I expected it to.   I suppose hot melt glue would have worked, but I wanted a stronger bond.  I was afraid that with handling, the pine cone tips would pop off with the hot melt glue, so I opted for the stronger stuff.

Upcycle Tin Can Pine Cone Planter

I planned on spray painting after the pine cones were attached to the cans, but if  you would rather go for a natural look, then paint your can first.   I painted one of the cans with a copper spray paint before gluing on the pine cone tips so I could show you what that would look like.

Upcycle Tin Can Pine Cone Planter

Let the glue dry and set for 48 hours.

Mr. Hobby liked the ‘natural’ look  best.  I liked it too, but it was not my original plan.  I wanted colorful textured planters, so I spray painted each of the cans with a gloss spray paint.   It took 4 coats for good coverage.  Allow each coat to dry fully before applying the next.

After the paint dried, I filled each can with sand to about an inch from the top.   Next, I added little white rocks that I found at the dollar store.

Upcycle Tin Can Pine Cone Planter

Then I inserted a plastic succulent into each can.  I got these at the dollar store too.

Upcycle Tin Can Pine Cone Planter

I love how these turned out.  Yes, they take a little time, but I thought it was worth it.  I plan on making some natural ones as well.

Upcycle Tin Can Pine Cone Planter

Upcycle Tin Can Pine Cone Planter

Did you spot my cat photo bombing one of my photos?

Upcycle Tin Can Pine Cone Planter

If you enjoyed this project, please Pin It!  Thank you!

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52 Comment

  1. Reply
    Beverly
    April 17, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Laurie, these look so pretty! What a fun idea. The time was well spent. I love the light blue one best. Not using hot glue was a good idea for this. Sometimes, a project calls for something better. Your cat just wanted a photo op! 🙂 Pinning and sharing!

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 17, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks Beverly. I like how they turned out. Actually, the dark blue one reminds me of a pineapple because of the style of succulent, made me think of you 🙂 Thanks for the shares! Much appreciated.

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    Julie
    April 17, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    These are such a clever idea. I love the texture of them.

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 17, 2017 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks Julie. I like the texture too. Kind of hides the fact that they are tin cans 🙂 Thanks for popping over.

  3. What a cool idea! i never would’ve thought to take the little bits off of the pine cones and stick them on like that! I love the effect. Great job! 🙂 Lisa

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 17, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      Thanks Lisa! I like how they turned out. Next, I’ll make some without painting them. So many projects . . .so little time 🙂 Have a great week!

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    Lina
    April 17, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Such a great tin can upcycling. Once painted, the pine tips look like rocks! My favorites are the natural and the turquoise. Thanks for sharing at the Sew It Cook It Craft It Link Party! 🙂

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 17, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      Thanks Lina. I enjoyed being a party of your party this week! I’ve added your party to my link party list too. Have a great week!

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    Carol
    April 18, 2017 at 5:57 am

    A great look and up-cycle, I love the little blue one.

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 18, 2017 at 1:36 pm

      Thanks Carol. I like that little blue one too!

  6. Reply
    Lina
    April 18, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Hi Laurie, just hopping back to let you know that I featured your upcycling project at this week’s Sew It Cook It Craft It Link Party.

    1. Reply
      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 18, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Wow Lina, thanks so much! Happy dance over here 🙂

  7. Reply
    Broken Bit Mosaics
    April 18, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Cute idea. Just proves that any and every thing can be used to craft with.

    1. Reply
      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 18, 2017 at 1:39 pm

      So very true! And it’s always nice to get your supplies for free 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  8. Reply
    Mother of 3
    April 18, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    These are so cute! What a fun idea and I love the texture you ended up with. Pinned.

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 18, 2017 at 9:11 pm

      Thank you and I appreciate the pin!

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    Kijankowo
    April 19, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Very good idea.
    Even without painting it looks great.

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 19, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Thank you! I agree, they look great without paint too! Have a beautiful rest of the week!

  10. Reply
    Teresa
    April 19, 2017 at 7:26 am

    What a great idea. Just last weekend I saved a small baking powder tin can because it was golden inside and I just couldn’t let it go. I had no specific plans for it, but now I know I want to try these. Thank you for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party. Pinned!

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 19, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Thanks Teresa! I hope you get a chance to make one for yourself! I appreciate your party and the pin too 🙂 Happy Wednesday!

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    janet trieschman
    April 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    They’re sweet! Thanks for sharing with us at #CCBG

    1. Reply
      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 20, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      Thanks Janet!

  12. Reply
    Grammy Dee
    April 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    They look very nice, I like them 🙂 Thank you for attending the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. I shared your post on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 20, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      Thanks so much Dee! Appreciate the shares too!

  13. Reply
    Helen at Pleasures of the NW
    April 21, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Those are great! Thanks for sharing at the Pleasures of the NW DIY party

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 21, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Thanks so much Helen!

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    Sandra Garth
    April 21, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    I would have never guessed that these were pinecones they are so pretty. I had to pin this so I wouldn’t lose it. Thank you for sharing with us this week at Celebrate Your Story, and have a great weekend.

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 21, 2017 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you and I appreciate the pin too!

  15. Reply
    Rita C at Panoply
    April 22, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Super, super cute, Laurie! I expect to see this project being featured on several blogs, it’s that cute.

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 22, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      Thanks so much Rita. I love a good up-cycle project and these did turn out so cute!

  16. Reply
    Karren Haller
    April 22, 2017 at 9:29 am

    These are to cute, what a cute idea, now to find some fun faux succulents.
    Thank you for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girls Friday Linky Party #OMHGFF

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 22, 2017 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks Karren! I always enjoy sharing at your lovely party!

  17. Reply
    Mary - the boondocks blog
    April 22, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Laurie this is such a cute idea. Not only do you get to have greens in the house but you are also being green by using the cans. Love them and the colors are so pretty!

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm

      Thanks Mary. It’s always fun to make something useful from things you have around the house.

  18. Reply
    Jess
    April 22, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    I LOVE these!! Pinned!! 🙂

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 22, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      Thanks so much Jess!

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    Beverly
    April 22, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    This is such a great idea. Love it. It was a lot of work but the end result is fabulous.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 22, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks so much Beverly! It was worth a little work I thought. They are so cute!

  20. Reply
    Donna Billings
    April 22, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    I have had a few cans saved for a while not knowing what I would do with them. Yesterday I picked up a bunch of pinecones up from work parking lot. I now have a project for tomorrow. Thanks for sharing.

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 22, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Wow, perfect timing 🙂 Have fun making some for yourself!

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    STEPHANIE ABBOTT
    April 23, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Totally cute! Thanks for sharing at To Grandma’s House We Go.

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 23, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you Stephanie!

  22. Reply
    Michelle Leslie
    April 25, 2017 at 4:20 am

    Such a lovely idea Laurie. We’ve used pine cones to make roofs for some of our fairy houses but it never occured to me to use the cones to make something else. The textured planters really look great

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 25, 2017 at 8:54 am

      Thanks Michelle! Pine cones do make wonderful fairy house roofs too 🙂

  23. Reply
    Grandmas House DIY
    April 25, 2017 at 11:13 am

    These are so totally adorable! You will be featured in our To grandma’s house we go link party that starts tomorrow morning! Thanks for sharing with us!

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 25, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      How Fun! Thanks so much for the feature and the party. I’m glad you liked them!

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    Grammy Dee
    April 26, 2017 at 1:09 am

    Congrats Laurie! Your post is Featured at the #WednesdayAIMLinkParty. See here: http://grammysgrid.com/wednesday-aim-link-party-14/

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 26, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Super cool! Thanks so much Dee!!

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    Beverly
    April 27, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Laurie,
    You are my feature at Thursday Favorite Things. Come and get your feature button.
    Hugs,
    Bev

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 27, 2017 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you Beverly!!!

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    Twochicksandamom/Donna
    April 27, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    Wow, this is a great idea, Laurie! I love it when everyday items can be transformed into a thing of beauty. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday 123.

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      Laurie | MyHusbandHasTooManyHobbies
      April 27, 2017 at 11:17 pm

      Thank you Donna!

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