Old lighters seem to have a way of piling up in the junk drawer, even if you try to stay conscientious about not keeping things around when they don’t work. The next time you go to clean out your stash of exhausted rubber bands, tired disposable lighters, and other random bits and pieces, though, don’t throw out those lighters: you might just be able to find a really cool use for them.
What you’ll need:
#10 cans,drill and small bit, spray paint, potting soil, plants
Clean and dry your #10 cans. Make sure any labels are thoroughly removed. If you have a stubborn one or glue that won’t release, spray a little WD40 on it. Let it sit a minute and then roll it right off.
Drill enough holes to allow for proper draining. I used a super small bit, so I needed more holes. My bit was a little too small and broke on the last hole I drilled.
Next, spray your can. You just need to spray the outside. I used paint that was double coat strength, after realizing that regular spray paint took more than 2 coats.
Make sure you are in a well ventilated area with no wind. Place your cans on newspaper to protect the ground. Spray in small, swift strokes at least 6 inches from the can, to avoid drips.
Add good quality potting soil and the plant of your choice. My planters are in full sun, (more than 6 hours a day) so I chose plants that love the sun. Primrose and herbs.
Water your new plant very well and attach to your wall or fence. Add a few other decorative items with your new plant pots, to increase interest.
NOTE: You will need to water these more often as weather heats up, at least once daily.