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Recycle Those Tin Cans to Make a Succulent Christmas Tree

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Do you have a whole bunch of empty tin cans lying around? We do. I think we may just have enough to build a mini version of the Great Wall of China 😉 So with Christmas coming up we thought it would be a good idea to use some of those cans and incorporate them into our Christmas decor.  We’ve got four purr babies and we have to be really careful what we put up at Christmas time. We’ve learnt the hard way that tinsel and fake trees are a purr baby magnets in this house. You do not want to wake up at 3 o’clock in the morning when that tree comes crashing down. Trust me, I know.  Armageddon is a whisper in comparison.

I recently saw the most amazing succulent Christmas tree on Craft Invaders  that was just WOW!!! So with that bit of inspiration floating around we decided to make our own succulent version using tin cans instead of a willow cone.

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Succulent Christmas Tree

How to Make a Succulent Christmas Tree Using Tin Cans

Our tin cans were a bit big so we made them a shorter using tin snips and the rough edges were filed away to prevent serious injury. Smaller tuna tins would have been ideal but sadly we didn’t have any in our stash. Using a drill we made some drainage holes in the bottom of all the cans.

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Cutting the empty tins

The frame for the Christmas tree is an old lamp base that we dismantled (thank you my beautiful friend Katrin for the idea). We ended up using three of those tube things and the round silver bottom bit for our tree.

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Bits of a broken lamp

The cans and the lamp base weren’t the same color, but as they say in the classics – there’s nothing that a bit of spray paint won’t cure 😉

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Matching things up

Once the paint was dry, we glued 5 cans together to form the bottom layer of the tree and 3 cans together to form the middle layer.

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Gluing the tiers

The first time we glued the cans together we tried using Gorilla glue, but they just wouldn’t stick nicely and it felt all wobbly. So we pulled them apart and re-glued them with steel epoxy glue. Now those babies are stuck for life. For a bit of bling we added some beads to the bottom and then planted the succulents. Lucky for us, our vertical garden produced lots of new off shoots so we had more than enough plants to go around.  BTW, if you want some awesome tips on how to grow and care for succulents then you need to see this post. We left the single can that goes on top of the tree empty so we could attached it properly once everything else had been put together.

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Add some beads and plants

To assemble the Christmas Tree, we inserted a thread bar into the bottom of the lamp base and then added one of the tubes and a lid. The bottom “5 can layer” was glued on to the lid  before adding another tube, a lid and then gluing on the “3 can layer”.

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A lid to stabilize each tier

Finishing Everything Off

For the final layer at the very top we drilled a hole into the bottom of the remaining can, pushed the thread bar though and tightened everything up using a nut, before adding the succulent.

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Attaching the last can

To complete the picture we added a silver star.

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Shining star

And our little succulent tree is stable enough to withstand anything the purr babies throw at it. Well I hope so any way 😀

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Recycled tin cans make a beautiful Christmas Tree

I think the beads add such a lovely touch, they almost look like rain drops.

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It looks like rain drops

I’m really keen to hear what you think about our recycled succulent Christmas tree. Is it something you’d add to your Christmas decor or do you prefer a more traditional Christmas tree?

Don’t forget to pin it for later.

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Sending you and your family much love and blessings as always.

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Comments

  • Posted: December 3, 2016 16:16

    Gina Soldano-Herrle

    This is such a cool idea! I have a few tin cans myself. It would be great to use them like this and it would look gorgeous in my living room. :) Thanks for showing me how!
    • Posted: December 4, 2016 06:06

      acraftymix

      My pleasure Gina, I'm glad you like the little recycled tree :D
  • Posted: December 3, 2016 15:35

    Christina Makri

    OMG!!! It looks fantastic!!! Briliant idea!!! Bravo!!!
    • Posted: December 4, 2016 05:20

      acraftymix

      Thank you Christina :D
  • Posted: December 2, 2016 21:21

    Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom

    So modern and innovative! Love how this turned out. :) So cool!
    • Posted: December 4, 2016 05:18

      acraftymix

      Yay Sarah, glad you like it ;-)
  • Posted: December 2, 2016 15:44

    Jelica

    Michelle, this is seriously so creative! Who knew that tin cans could be the basis of an elegant display like this one? Love this project - such a nice balance between rustic, natural and glam, too.
    • Posted: December 2, 2016 17:11

      acraftymix

      We have so many tin cans due to my lack of cooking skills ;-) so I really needed to make a plan. Thank you Jelica
  • Posted: November 28, 2016 19:14

    Katrin

    Michelle, this tin can Christmas tree is so so so so beautiful and unique, how do you get such amazing ideas?! I love the galvanized look on it and those succulents are so fresh and pretty, perfect for your soon to be summer in SA! And thank you so much for the sweet mention, I appreciate it! <3
    • Posted: November 29, 2016 04:00

      acraftymix

      My pleasure Katrin, after I saw what you did with you lamp base it just seemed to fit. Thank you for the inspiration my friend
  • Posted: November 28, 2016 18:42

    Maarit Aho

    What a wonderful idea!♥
    • Posted: November 29, 2016 03:58

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Maarit :D
  • Posted: November 28, 2016 18:41

    Pili

    It is amazing Michelle!! I have lots of tins and my head is spinning rigth now with ideas from yours! That table lamp seem to be perfect for this project, what a vision.
    • Posted: November 29, 2016 03:58

      acraftymix

      Thank you Pili but I can't take any credit for the table lamp idea. That goes to Katrin after I saw the beautiful jewelry organizer she made for the IBC
  • Posted: November 28, 2016 18:10

    Mary-the boondocks blog

    I could have used one of these when the kids were small. They were worst than your purr babies. It looks beautiful of course, and the bling really takes it to another level and makes it look almost like a water fountain. I have an old fake tree that I've been reusing for the past 10 years. And I'm fine with that I don't need a fancy tree. But I really like yours and I have even more tin cans than you do! ;)
    • Posted: November 29, 2016 03:52

      acraftymix

      ;-) Maybe we should do a tin can challenge round up one day ;-)
  • Posted: November 28, 2016 17:28

    Shan

    Gorgeous!
    • Posted: November 28, 2016 17:40

      acraftymix

      Thank you Shanny ;-)
  • Posted: November 28, 2016 17:15

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Oh I love your tree! Michelle you are so creative. I have a box full of empty cans, and furr babies so I understand perfectly. We have a small tree we put up on the breakfast bar so that it's away from them. I can see this idea being used other ways as well. Love the star, and I'm wondering how in the world did you get the light to twinkle?
    • Posted: November 28, 2016 17:44

      acraftymix

      Oh those cats, they are so cute but wreak havoc when it comes to Christmas decorations. As for adding the twinkle to the star. I finally figured out how to make a gif, whoop, whoop (insert dancing emoticon here...) It's the closest I'll ever get to posting a video ;-)
  • Posted: November 28, 2016 17:12

    Marisa

    Mal oor dit
    • Posted: November 28, 2016 17:45

      acraftymix

      Ag Maris, baie, baie dankie maaikie <3
  • Posted: November 28, 2016 16:50

    Keri

    Michelle, this is such a fantastic idea!! Love the repurposed cans and those beads give it a glamorous look. I love this succulent Christmas tree!
    • Posted: November 28, 2016 17:47

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Keri. I still can't believe all the amazing things you've made for the 30 day challenge. I would be a nervous wreck by now.
  • Posted: November 28, 2016 14:55

    ana@carpe_diem

    So so so lovely, Michelle! I expecially love the rain drop pearls. Beautiful touch!
    • Posted: November 28, 2016 17:51

      acraftymix

      Thank you Ana. Hvala ti :D
  • Posted: November 28, 2016 14:03

    Sarah - Craft Invaders

    Oh it's gorgeous Michelle, I love it and since I also have a stash of empty cans (and succulents) will definitely be trying something similar! Thanks for the shout out xxx
    • Posted: November 28, 2016 14:15

      acraftymix

      Oh Sarah, I'm still totally besotted with your gorgeous tree. What a beautiful inspiration, thank you my friend

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