Workshop@home crafts: Upcycled coffee can herb planter

Welcome back for another installment of my Workshop@Home, where I provide step-by-step instructions for crafts you can do while sheltering in place! If you’ve noticed that these posts have a bit of a spring theme, you’re not mistaken and today’s project doesn’t buck that trend. This time around I’ll be showing you how to make a cute upcycled planter, something that was going to be a Workshop program but I’m repurposing for this post!

Materials List

  • Coffee can
  • Marker
  • Drill (with 1/4″ drill bit)
  • Coat hanger
  • Potting soil
  • Plant
  • Work gloves
  • Duck tape
  • Wire clippers
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Retractable Razor Knife
  • Pliers
  • Twine
  • Decorative gems (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Coffee filter
  • Sanding sponge or sandpaper
  • Can opener


1. Take your marker and make 10-15 dots on the metal bottom part of the coffee can. Next, use your drill to make those dots into holes. Once you’ve done that, make two more dots on the opposite sides of your coffee can for the hanger to go into, then drill holes for those too.


2. Next, take your can opener and use it to cut off the bottom metal part of the can. Be careful since the edges will be sharp! Once you’ve got the bottom part of the can off, use a sanding sponge or sandpaper to smooth out the edges along with the holes you made.


3. Now for the always useful ducktape! Cut a few pieces of tape and place them around the edges of the bottom lid of the can you just finished sanding. Once you’ve done that, place the bottom back in the can, tapping it about 1″ down from the top of the can.


4. Take the coat hanger and, using your wire clippers, cut it so you’re left with a straight length of wire about 8″ long. Next, take the wire and bend it into a semi-circle, using your pliers to bend the ends so they’ll fit into the holes you made on the sides of the coffee can. Once you’ve done that you can place the wire hanger into the holes and it’ll be time to move onto the next step!


5. Next, place the coffee filter under the coffee can then use a marker to make an outline of the can on the filter. Cut around the outline so you have a piece of the filter that will fit snugly in the can. Great!


6. Now take your ruler and measure out 1″ in diameter on the filter, making a cross in the center. Once you’ve drawn the cross, draw a circle around it and, folding the filter in half, cut the circle out so you have a hole in the center. Finally, at least for the filter, cut into the filter from the outside all the way to the hole in the center.


7. This part is kind of a repeat of the last step. Taking the coffee can’s plastic lid, measure out a 2″ diameter then draw a cross and a circle around it like last time. Now grab your retractable Razor Knife and carefully cut out that circle so you have a hole in the middle of the lid. Once you’ve done that just put the lid back on the can.


8. Here comes the fun part: decorating! Using your hot glue gun, lay down a short line of glue on the top part of your can, placing the end of your twine in it to anchor it. Wrap the twine around the can, putting little dots of glue to keep it in place, until you’ve gotten about half-way up. Break out your decorative gems and glue them on around the center of the can, then finish up the second half with more twine.


9. Great, you’re almost done! Take that piece of the coffee filter you cut out earlier and place it in the bottom of your can on top of the metal part you taped in. Pour in the potting soil then plant whatever herbs you want to grow. Once you’ve done that, take the second coffee filter (the one with the hole in the middle of it) and place it around the stems of your plant, putting a small piece of tape on it to keep it in place for the moment. This will keep any dirt or water from falling out.


10. Now all you have to do is carefully put the plastic lid back on, cut away the extra filter, and hang it up. You’ve now got a cute, upcycled hanging coffee can herb planter that’s perfect for your backyard or kitchen!

planter graphic2


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