Recycled Coffee Can Planter
Photo © Kerry Michaels
Small plants make great gifts. It's even better when you re-pot them in a cool container. I love using cans--pretty coffee or olive oil cans are great, and best of all, they are free. I save them all year, clean them out, and punch holes in the bottoms, either with a hammer and nail, or a punch style can opener. That way they are ready when I need them.
While a coffee can isn't a permanent solution for a plant, this one has lasted a couple of years. There is some rust on the bottom, but that doesn't seem to be bothering this Christmas cactus (that blooms every year sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas). The Medaglia D'oro espresso cans are red and green--perfect for the holidays.