Family DIY fun crafts and projects
May 27, 2014
Upcycle a Detergent Pac Container into a Planter Craft
Don't pitch that empty Tide or Gain bucket into the recycle bin just yet. Transform it into a bright, retro looking container perfect for succulents.
While doing the laundry, I noticed an almost-empty plastic container holding ready-to-go detergent pods. It had a great shape; what else could it be used for? Obviously not as a cookie jar! A canister for small toys? Then it hit me. With the lid removed and a coat of spray paint, it's a great outdoor succulent planter. Using the back as the front, it has a great vintage look, too. Happy crafting and planting!
- Empty detergent pod container (brands like Tide and Gain have best shape)
- Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Gloss Spray (color your choice; we used Key Lime)
- Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2x Clear Spray
- Scrap cardboard or old mailing box
- Painter's plastic drop cloth
- Potting soil and trowel
- Succulent (or plant of your choice)
- Prep your plastic container for painting. Remove the safety seal sticker, lid and lid ring; discard in your recycling bin. (If your child is doing the painting, still remove the plastic pieces yourself.) Don't remove front/back labels.
- Drill three to four small holes in the bottom of the container for drainage.
- Prep your workspace, especially if painting in your garage or basement. Place a piece of cardboard or broken-down box on a plastic drop cloth. Turn your container upside down and place on cardboard.
- The Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover is a paint and primer, so it covers labels nicely. (Whatever the brand, make sure it's meant to stick to plastic.) Moving your arm back and forth, apply paint to container and let dry. Apply a second coat if necessary.
- Once dry, turn the container right side up and touch up any bare areas, including the opening. Let dry again.
- Apply one to two coats of the clear protective spray. Let dry.
- Fill the container with potting soil, going almost to the top (depending on plant size). Add your succulent, a bit more potting soil and give it a drink of water.