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Colorful Tin Can Herb Planters

Americana® Acrylics

Colorful Tin Can Herb Planters
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Colorful Tin Can Herb Planters

designed by Crimson Duvall

Soup cans become colorful planters for herbs with Americana® Acrylics.

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Americana® Acrylics

  • Bright Yellow (DA227)
  • Carousel Pink (DA274)
  • Matcha Green (DA386)
  • Orchid (DAO33)
  • Sea Breeze (DA256)
  • Tangerine (DAO12)

Americana® Decou-Page™

  • Matte Decou-Page (DS106)

Other supplies

  • scissors
  • ruler
  • small liner brush
  • wooden skewer (3)
  • tin cans (3)
  • 3/4" flat paintbrush
  • 1 sheet white cardstock
  • small round paintbrush
  • 3/4" oval paintbrush


  1. Gather the three tin cans.
    Step 0 Example
  2. With an oval brush, paint can #1 with Bright Yellow; can #2 with Tangerine; and can #3 with Carousel Pink. Allow to dry and apply a second coat for even coverage.
    Step 1 Example
  3. Print out the provided pattern of herb shapes (Basil, Cilantro, Thyme) onto the cardstock.
    Step 2 Example
  4. With a small round brush, paint the basil leaves on the pattern with Orchid; the cilantro leaves with Matcha Green; and the thyme leaves with Sea Breeze. Allow to dry and paint with a second coat for even coverage.
    Step 3 Example
  5. Once dry, cut out all the leaf shapes.
    Step 4 Example
  6. Plan out the placements of leaves: the Sea Breeze thyme leaves go onto the Tangerine can; the Orchid basil leaves go on the Bright Yellow can; and the Matcha Green cilantro leaves go on the Carousel Pink can. Using a flat brush, paint Matte Decou-Page onto the backs of leaves and the surface of the can where each leaf will go.
    Step 5 Example
  7. Press the leaf onto the can surface and paint Matte Decou-Page over the leaves until adhered. After all the leaves are attached, paint over the entire can surface with Matte Decou-Page so the surface is uniform.
    Step 6 Example
  8. Measure and break or cut three wooden skewers to a desired height.
    Step 7 Example
  9. Paint the tips of skewers: one with Tangerine; one with Carousel Pink; and one with Bright Yellow.
    Step 8 Example
  10. Allow to dry. With a liner brush, paint a "C" for cilantro onto the Carousel Pink skewer. Paint a "B" onto the Bright Yellow skewer. And paint a "T" for thyme onto the Tangerine skewer.
    Step 9 Example
  11. Allow to dry. Fill the cans with soil and herbs or herb seeds.
    Step 10 Example
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