Formula tin plant hanger

When John was on formula I had two or three tins to get rid of every week for about a year. I tried to recycle these as much as possible by storing food in them, turning them into drums for John but I ran out of things to do with them a girlfriend of mine wanted several to hang from trees with plants in them. Fast forward a few months and this friend came over for dinner bearing gifts: a formula tin plant hanger.

formula_tin_reuseTo make this super cute hanger get a formula tin or any other type of large tin and drill some holes in the bottom and two in the sides for the hanger. Paint (I would use spray paint) the can all over with etching primer then paint over with patterns or colours of your choice. This would be great fun with kids. Loop some wire through the side holes. Fill the tin with potting mix and plant of your choice.

My hanger has scarlet beans in it I believe. The hanger looks cool hanging in a tree or on a fence though the tin will rust quickly in the elements so it might pay to keep the hanger under cover. This would make a cool Christmas or birthday gift.

Other ideas to do with tins: drills holes all over the tin and put a candle or light in it for outside lighting, a lamp shade, a tin drum (which I still haven’t made for John yet but will do one day), a vase, a craft organiser; I have one with pens and pencils in it, keep your scarves, hair accessories or belts nice and tidy or kitchen decluttering. I love this kitchen for a special child. I might use some as planters in the lounge for putting my mint plants in. Any other ideas for reusing tin cans?

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9 thoughts on “Formula tin plant hanger

  1. Michelle
    December 8, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I really hope you have some left over so you can do family stilt races! I use to do so many things with them, cover them in left over fabric and then hot glue them together then put them on a piece of wood and have a cute little display for teddies, trucks etc,

  2. December 8, 2011 at 11:44 am

    stilt races! that sounds like great fun. Will have to remember that for when John is a little older.

  3. December 8, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  6. December 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I love reusing formula containers! Ill have to try this one for sure :)

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  7. December 10, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    What a great idea ,years ago when i was using formula i would paint the tins for pot plants ,but never thought of hanging them ,ty lovely idea now im going to abduct some poor unspecting mum of a toddler for her tins!

  8. December 10, 2011 at 11:04 pm

    I am definately going to use the punched hole idea for lighting. It is perfect for outdoors. Think I may also put a few holes in the bottom so rain water can drip out….

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