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Tin Can Herb Pots

Arts and Crafts
What You Need:
  • Empty aluminium can
  • Screwdriver and hammer
  • Acrylic craft paints in colours of your choice
  • Craft stick
  • Thin cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Black permanent marker
  • Small rocks, stones or pebbles - 5 to 10
  • Potting soil - 1 1/2 cups 
  • Potted herb plant (available at nurseries) - 4inches
  • Glue
  • Water
  • Flower stickers (optional)
  • Completely wash and dry the aluminium can. If necessary, sand off any rough edges on the mouth of the can.
  • Turn the can upside down and use a screwdriver or other pointed object to poke holes in the bottom of the can. Ask an adult to help you with this.
  • Paint the can in a colour of your choice. Decorate it using long lines or polka dots. Let the paint dry. You can also use stickers if you want.
  • Then place pebbles on the bottom of the can to form a single layer.
  • Add enough potting soil to fill two-thirds of the can.
  • Remove the potted herb from its container and transplant it into the can.
  • Fill the remaining space in the can with the soil, gently patting it down so that the plant is firmly placed in the can.
  • Paint a craft stick in the colour of your choice and let it dry.
  • Cut a piece of thin cardboard into a small rectangle.
  • Paint both sides of the cardboard with paint and stick it on the craft stick. Using a black permanent marker, write the name of the herb onto the rectangle. Insert the plant marker into the soil and present your tin can herb pot to your friends or family on Earth Day.
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