Recycled Tin Can Flower Caddy

Recycled Tin Can Flower Caddy

While I’m really trying hard to accomplish some of my indoor projects, it is just way too hard as my attention is drawn outdoors to the warm summertime weather that greets me each morning. I hope you’ll stick with me through a few more garden projects before I’m forced to tackle my indoor to-do.I was thrilled to find out this weeks CSI Project was a Martha Stewart Inspired Challenge. {not to mention the guest judge this week is the Martha Stewart Craft Department – how exciting!}

Photo Credit {}I chose to make a flower caddy inspired by this Tin-Can Caddy posted on Martha Stewart’s website {here}. While the concept is basically the same, I altered the steps and materials since I plan on using my caddy outdoors. I just adore that this caddy is made from recycled materials and scraps that many can find around your own home, making this an easy project to tackle.

The materials needed for the flower caddy are;
6 Lg 4 inch Diameter Tin Cans {emptied and cleaned}
A Scrap Piece of 1X6 Pressure Treated Deck Floor Board {cut to 9 inches long}

To make the handle I used a 2 1/2 inch Hole Saw Drill Bit. The bit attaches directly to your hand drill and can be found at your local hardware store for under $10.

It cuts a perfect circle, quick and easy, every time! The hole is centered on the board and approximately 3/4 inches from the top edge.

The wood was then sanded with a palm sander to smooth any rough spots and round the edges just a bit. One coat of white spray paint was applied then another round of sanding to achieve a worn distressed look.

To prepare the cans holes were drilled in the bottoms, with a hand drill, to allow for proper water drainage for the plants.

I just love white wood and galvanized metal together and tried to create that ‘look’ for the caddy. Each can received a light spritz of satin nickel spray paint which seemed to dull the shiny tin just enough. {the can on the left above has been sprayed}

To assemble the caddy, pilot holes were drilled into each can and then screws were screwed in at an angle.

It’s now ready for some beautiful blooms.

I choose white vinca.

So simple and sweet.

Since I had all the materials on hand, they only thing I had to purchase was the pack of flowers from our local nursery.

Thank you Martha Stewart for the inspiration!

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week! Enjoy!


  1. Your projects are always so great! It is so simple and sweet looking.
    Thanks for stopping over and commenting on my basement makeover!


  2. Beautiful! I like your project better than Martha’s! When I first saw it, I thought, “Do they even make metal coffee cans any more?” After reading your instructions, though, I’m thinking those cans are about the size of large cans of refried beans (maybe also large tomato cans), which is something our family goes through quite a lot of. I should have the materials for this project in no time. Thanks for sharing!

  3. This is a fun idea. I could see a classroom project for Father’s Day or something. Your instructions are simple and well photographed too.

  4. That is just darling…GREAT job!!

  5. So cute! This would look great in any garden. Just lovely!

  6. What a cute idea!

  7. Oh how funny. To use tin cans in such a unique way.


  8. I love this! So simple and all from recycled materials! I have a really small front entry way, and this would be perfect sitting on an antique chair. 🙂 Thank you for sharing!

    Have a wonderful rest of your week!
    Erin 🙂

  9. Cute! I’m going to have to try this one!

  10. Super cute!

  11. This is adorable and super thrifty! I love it!!

  12. i LOVE this idea! i have been saving empty formula cans to use for something (but wasnt sure what) and i think i will do this! thanks for posting

  13. Once again, another fab project! Props to you!

  14. Man o man you have the best ideas- it is alway something new. I love your blog. I also love that your decorating style isn’t all white like most of the blogs I have been looking at. Thanks for the color and warmth!

  15. Love it!!!! What a great idea. :o)

  16. What an adorable project, and it looks like my husband has all the tools needed for it. I may have to tackle it as soon at the sun decides to give the perpetual rain a break.
    Thanks for sharing!

  17. Hi Stephanie-Lynn. Because you inspire me so, you’ve just received an award on my blog 🙂 Stop by to check it out!

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  19. I love it!!!! I just called my husband and he has some pressure treated scraps and the drill bit….. it’s ON!!!!! Thank you so much! BTW, I think your flowers are vincas. They can stand full sun and a little torture, where impatiens need shade and to stay moist.

  20. Great project.. absolutely love it!

  21. Love it! I need to find a drill bit like that, it makes cutting the circles look so simple!

  22. That is simply spectacular! Would love this on my patio table!
    Great project

  23. I LOVE your take on this project…so cute!

    Thanks so much fopr linking up with us over at The CSI Project!


  24. That is really striking! It stand out so beautifully in the pics!

  25. Oh wow! That’s so cute! I love the way you did the handle in the middle.

  26. what an adorable idea!

  27. I love your flower version…but how cool is the original too! They would both make really cute teacher’s gifts.

  28. love it! a friend of mine is getting married soon and this would be perfect for the bridal bouquet. adorable!

  29. Too cute!

  30. That is a great project. I love the handle that you created.

  31. Love that Stephanie Lynn! That is a project I have never seen at MS, great interpretation of it! Great job!

  32. FANTASTIC Stephanie! You are unbelievable. I love it so much!


  33. This is absolutely terrific, I love it!

    Thanks so much for entering my giveaway, best of luck! 🙂

  34. Love this idea! Very creative!

  35. just discovered your blog through apartment therapy and I’m very happy to see your great ideas, you’re so creative…you just got yourself a new follower 🙂

  36. What a great project – I love that you altered it for an outside flower caddy! Just perfect for the Summer. I hope you have a great weekend!


  37. stephanie this is adorable! I want to make one for myself, though I’m not sure my hubby has the right tools… hmmm… but he IS an engineer… I supposed he could help me figure something else out. =) Thanks for the cool idea!!!

  38. Wow – this is such a cute simple project!!

  39. Soooo clever! I look forward to seeing what you’re linking up each weekend on SNS. 🙂


  40. Love it Stephanie Lynn…. adorable! What a great idea!

  41. What a great idea! I love the way it turned out!

  42. Wow Stephanie! This is such a cool project; yeah for the simplicity and yeah for you for sharing it! Pam @ Sallygoodin P.S. What is CSI? Am I the only one in blogland that doesn’t know what it means?

  43. Wow!! Fantastic blog…hopefully some creativity will rub off on me;)

    Following you..

  44. I love love love this! What a great idea. I’m totally making this for my patio table. Thank you!!!

  45. Excellent idea! another project to add to my to do list

  46. Your version is ADORABLE!!! Love it!! I will definitely have to give this a try!!

  47. I like your version better than hers!

  48. What a wonderfully simple project with a fabulous outcome! I LOVE the metal of the cans with the shabby white handle, too…looks great!! And, the white vinca flowers are perfect.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    ~ Jo

  49. I love all things recycled and these are amazingly simple and so lovely! Thanks.

  50. This is sooo cute. I think it is amazing you made this out of used cans! Wonderful!

  51. Great idea – but will the cans rust at all? I’m going to start saving some cans for this today!

  52. I saw this in a link party and thought I’d check it out. Of course it’s yours! Great project, and a neat variation.

  53. Love it

  54. Cute idea. Great for flowers or paints!
    Dropping by from Met Monday, 18ft island kitchen.


  55. Just adorable…well done

  56. This flower caddy is so sweet! Luv it!!
    Victoria @ DesignTies

  57. This is so creative and so cute! I love it.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  58. Hi, I like your rounded version best.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  59. What a great idea. I like yours a lot better than Martha’s. Reusing tin cans too, love it.

  60. What a fun project. Love it!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  61. Love this look! The distressed wood is such the perfect finishing touch!


  62. I love this! I have been collecting cans in my shed (see and finding new ways to reuse them! LOVE your idea! I have only used mine as vases!

    Thank you! Christie

  63. What a cute idea! LOVE IT! 🙂

  64. This is such a great idea. I hope to get the chance to give it a try.

  65. Wonderful! I need to get some tools!
    tfs 🙂

  66. What an awesome idea.

    I am hosting a giveaway and I’d love it if you stopped by!

    Laura @ along for the ride

  67. This si simply adorable, I love it!

  68. What a great project and it looks so do-able!

  69. Wow! What a great idea… what a wonderful hostess gift this would be for a summer BBQ. Thanks!

  70. Brilliant, Stephanie. Seriously, the satin nickel spray paint – you tend to every last detail. I’m totally going to make one of these tomorrow (or maybe two – I kind of want one for the garden AND one for the office). 🙂 And congrats on “making the cut!!”

  71. I saw this post earlier this week. So glad you linked it up. I almost forgot to post Creative Share. Aaahhh! Crazy head this week. Anyway, thanks. Love having you and your projects every week!

  72. Stephanie Lynn, what a darling project. I love it!

  73. This is just adorable and I like the rustic feel of the whole projects. You might want to check out this challenge that involves “cans”.

  74. That turned out so sweet! I love how you tied them all together with the distressed board in the center! Great idea! Good luck!

    Thanks so much for sharing at My Backyard Eden!


  75. oh my goodnes… I am in love with this and EVERY single project on your sidebar. You are one creative lady and I hope some of that will rub off on me. I am a new follower. Love your blog. LOVE IT!

  76. Wow Stephanie! This is super creative and cute!! I found this linked up at bobbypinsboardwalk and had to check it out! I’d love to have you bring it to my Garden pary next week at Keen Inspiraions and link it up there as well! I’m looking forward to alot of great projects and we will be having some awesome giveaways too! Hope to see you there!

  77. I love this project! Very creative to use it for plants instead of pencils/pens.

  78. Hi Stephanie Lynn!

    I wanted to drop you a note to let you know that your tin can flower caddy has been featured this week from your participation in the Boardwalk Bragfest party. You can see the feature here:

    Feel free to grab a “featured” button, and I hope to see you again tomorrow at the Boardwalk Bragfest!

  79. Wow, I am amazed. I have saved tin cans for a while now, thinking I would make something fab with them. I am so happy I found your blog! You are one creative lady. Thank you so much for sharing. I am loving this!

  80. Hi! I found your blog off of Today’s Creative Blog! I love your craft! You are so talented! I just signed up to be your 2248th follower! Woo hoo! I hope you stop by my new blog. I just started it 2 months ago and would love new friends! Please come see me at


  81. I just love this! It’s the cutest thing. Pinning now! Love your style and blog:)

  82. Hi – this tin can planter is adorable! I know you wrote this in June 2010, but since we had a summer-like day today here in Southern California, it is perfect!

  83. This really answered my problem, thank you!

  84. This is a perfect idea for our cabin:)

  85. Pretty nice post, It’s posts like this that keep me coming back and checking this weblog regularly, thanks for the info!

  86. Thank you for such great pictures and sharing this idea! I love how simple using screws are to make sure the pots stay stable. I’m going to try this one soon.



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