DIY: Cute Mickey Mouse Planters Made From Tin Cans

Bring a little pop of color to your garden… Disney style! The best part is to make this DIY project work, you’ll be using repurposed tin cans! Thanks to, it’s an easy and fun project that the whole family can get involved in. Get creative, and happy gardening!


Tin Can Mickey Mouse Planters

What You’ll Need:

  • Empty tin cans, washed and dried
  • Small towel
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • White acrylic paint
  • Paint palette
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Washi or painter’s tape
  • Foam daubers in a variety of sizes
  • Acrylic paint (Choose your favorite colors!)
  • Soil
  • Small plants, such as succulents
  • Gravel (optional)

How To Make It:

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1. Place a folded towel under an upside-down can. Use a hammer and nail to create 3 small holes at the bottom of each can.

2. Paint the cans with white paint. You may need a few layers to get the color to look solid. Allow the paint to dry completely. Note: if there are any sharp edges inside the can, you will want to completely cover them with tape before painting.

3. Use a pencil and measuring tape to lightly mark evenly spaced dots for creating a uniform Mickey pattern. For Mickey faces 1-inch or less, it’s ideal to mark each dot 2 inches apart. To create a colored band around the top or bottom edges of a can, use washi tape.

4. Use foam daubers and colored paint to impress Mickey faces and ears onto the tin. For example, use a ¾-inch dauber for his face and a ½-inch dauber for his ears. Allow the paint to dry completely. If needed, use a small paint brush dipped in white paint to “erase” any errors made with the colored paints.

5. Fill a finished planter with soil until almost full. Insert a small plant in each can and fill any empty space with more soil. Optionally, top the soil with gravel.

6. Create a variety of planters in different shapes and sizes, and enjoy watching your plants thrive!

Note: Be sure to secure tape over any sharp edges inside the tin can before painting.


About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 16 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.