This may be my easiest and cheapest DIY yet…warning – you may find yourself scouring the side of the road for old garbage cans after reading this!
Our neighbors were moving out last fall when I nabbed these beauties, yes I’m referring to dirty old trash cans as beauties. Charlie and Fran were the cutest old couple and had lived in the house next door for 35 years. My kids loved them and called them Opa and Oma (which if you are dutch, like me, you know means Grandpa and Grandma).
They were originally from the Netherlands and I loved their accents…which I was always trying to imitate, but the Mr. says I sound like a Russian version of George Bush… I have no idea what that even means, but let’s just say I haven’t mastered it. We miss having them next door, but when they moved I scored a couple of fun things that they had been hiding in their garage. I’m pretty sure Charlie thought I was nuts for asking for their 3 ancient trashcans, but he was used to me constantly spray painting things in the garage, so he just shook his head and handed them over. :)
All I did was add Rust-oleum hammered copper spray paint to the handles and the rim of the can to fancy them up a bit.
Oh and the even easier part? Rather than filling the things full of dirt and having them weigh a zillion pounds, I flipped over a 5 gallon bucket in the bottom and just set a pre-planted hanging basket on top. Now, when summer is done they will be easy to stack up and store for the winter.
I became a little obsessed with the hammered copper spray paint and gave some of my other planters a little copper love too.
So there you go, $5 and 15 minutes is all you need. Ok, well you need some free garbage cans too, preferably garbage free…
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