How to Turn Clear Paint Cans Into Colorful Terrariums

Use plastic paint pails and craft paint to make cute succulent containers.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Think outside the glass fishbowl and mason jar with these pints of paint planters.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins


  • clear craft paint cans
  • craft paint
  • dirt
  • gravel
  • small plants

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Remove the metal lids from the pails. Turn the pails over on a disposable surface. One color at a time squirt craft paint onto the rim. Add the next color while the first one is still wet and running. Continue until you have the desired look. Check out How to Make Drip Paint Pots for more tips.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Allow paint to dry completely. Make sure not to use so much paint that you can’t see inside the cans.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

What kind of rock, sand and soil you add to your terrarium depends on the types of plants you will use and whether or not you intend to keep the lid on your planter.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Add small plants. You can also use DIY felt succulents.

Photo by: Jennifer Perkins

Jennifer Perkins

Put your paint cans in a sunny place and enjoy!

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