It’s a piece of cake Re­pur­pose bake­ware into out­door dis­play planters that will wow

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Turn bak­ing tins into de­sign­er­look planters in a few easy steps. Go mono­chrome or bold with the colour, or a mix of both.

Gather your sup­plies

Round me­tal cake tin 12mm marine ply­wood Ex­te­rior spray paint and primer in one Plants (we used suc­cu­lents)

You’ll also need

Pen­cil; straight­edge; drill and bit; jig­saw; 120-grit sand­pa­per; screws; con­struc­tion ad­he­sive; drop sheet; pot­ting mix; wall-hang­ing hooks

FOR YOU TO NOTE

• Alu­minium tins are ideal for this project, as they are easy to drill and light­weight for hang­ing. To fin­ish the planter, spray paint is the eas­i­est op­tion. Look for a two-in-one primer and paint that bonds to both me­tal and tim­ber. Other­wise you will have to ap­ply a me­tal primer to the tin and an ex­te­rior acrylic to both the me­tal and ply­wood.

STEP 1 Po­si­tion cake tin up­side down on ply­wood and trace around it us­ing a pen­cil. Draw the tin back to al­low for the width of the rim and trace a sec­ond cir­cle.

STEP 2 Use a straight­edge to draw a line across the in­ner cir­cle. Find the mid­point to mark the di­am­e­ter for a semi­cir­cle, or mark a smaller sec­tion to cover only one-third of the tin.

STEP 3 Make a starter hole with a drill, then cut out the marked in­ner sec­tion of ply us­ing a jig­saw. Sand cut edges.

STEP 4 Po­si­tion ply­wood in the tin and hold in place to mark a se­ries of points on the tin rim.

STEP 5 Use marked points to drill pi­lot holes in side of tin just un­der rim. Drill through tin side to se­cure ply­wood with screws.

STEP 6 Run a bead of con­struc­tion ad­he­sive between ply­wood and tin. Smooth off with a damp finger.

STEP 7 Spray all me­tal and ply­wood sur­faces of planter with 2 coats of paint, al­low­ing it to dry in between coats.

STEP 8 Drill drainage holes in base of the planter. At­tach a hanger to back of planter. Add pot­ting mix, po­si­tion plants, back­fill around them with more mix and firm down gen­tly by hand. Hang planter on a wall hook rated to take its weight. Wa­ter in with a weak sea­weed solution.

Cook up a storm in the gar­den with th­ese fab­u­lous planted tins

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