You may have noticed in last week's blog post that I was posing with my newest top in my patio accompanied by some painted tin cans. Well, after seeing these projects and being obsessed with vertical gardens, I wanted to create my very own. I collected a few tin cans and I went to my local shop that sells chalk paint to ask if I can use it on metal and if it is suitable for outdoor use. The answer was yes to both, so here it goes:
Off white Authentico paint
Brush & cloth
Any tools you have for making holes
Pebbles & compost
Flowers/plants of your choice
First I got everything ready, including the flowers I was going to plant. I bought a few Marigolds from our local market and the reason why I chose those flowers is that it seems they are immune to snails. Plus, I really like the mixture of yellows and oranges these flowers display.
I sanded the cans roughly then I applied three coats of Authentico chalk paint with 2 to 3 hours in between. Luckily it was a dry day so I could take my time. Regarding the suitability for outdoor, I won't mind if it wears off a little bit.
Here I am waxing the cans with clear wax while trying out my new favourite top.
I painted butterflies on a couple of tins using acrylics and then I have waxed the cans again for protection.
1 - making some holes; 2 - putting some pebbles; 3 - putting the compost; 4 - planting the Marigolds
I didn't fix them with anything because I want to be able to move them around, although I still like the idea of a vertical garden so they will spend most of their time on the fence.