"" The Preppy Strawberry: Recycled Flower Garden

Monday, April 22, 2013

Recycled Flower Garden

Happy Earth Day!


Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

Today, I’m sharing with you a little project that we’ve been working on this past week – Recycled Flower Garden.  I did this project a few years ago and you can read that post here.  It’s so funny to look back and see how little my daughter was but then again she was only four years old!

I remember how much fun she enjoyed planting the flowers and decorating the cans that I decided we would try it again!  This time I did things a little bit different….


So here’s what I started with … 


Just some empty soup, sauce, and some tuna fish cans – pretty simple recycling project for Earth Day!


Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

Supplies for the project: 

Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}


This time we painted the cans and then she went back and added some details (my little artist) 

Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

Adding some detail …. I love the polka dots! ;)


This time we added some fun recycled water bottle flowers to the garden until the flowers grow! I think they turned out so cute!

Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

Recycled Water bottles – all you need to do is cut the one end off and then cut up and make your petals.  Once you have the petals cut just pull them back and bend the plastic to shape your flowers.  You can find lots of tutorials on how to make the flowers on pinterest. 


Here are few different examples of different ways to make recycled water bottle flowers. 

Crissy’s Crafts – modge podge flowers

Danielle’s Space – Recycled water bottle patio lights

Oopsie Maize – recycled water bottle flowers



Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}Waiting for the cans and flowers to dry …..  after they dried I added a clear glaze to the flower and the containers. 


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We filled the cans with potting soil and then Lilly planted the flowers she picked out

Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

Once the flowers dried, I hot glued a wooden skewer to the back of the lid.  Yes, you will want to keep the lids!  Then I filled the center with a white pom pom  to make the center of the flower. 

Another good use for Washi Tape-  I covered my skewer with green/white chevron washi tape to give it a green stem look.  I also cut out of my water bottles .. the ends that I cut off.  I created leaves out of the extra pieces then I glued the leaves onto the skewers. 


Recycled Flower Garden {The Preppy Strawberry}

Welcome to our Recycled Flower Garden!






  1. Such a cute idea. Great way to get the kids involved.

  2. i love to see kids planting things... especially in happy, painted containers! also, thanks for sharing my link, friend!

  3. This is such a great project. I love how her painted cans turned out. And not only does she get the instant gratification of the water bottle flowers, but she gets real ones later, too! Love it. Art and nature all in one project.

  4. This is so cute! My kids love anything that they get to paint!The flowers are so cheerful too! Love it!

  5. These are adorable...and a great craft project with kids! Thanks so much for sharing it on Project Inspire{d} :)
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


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