Flower Seed Cans

By  Mary Ayres 

size: 5"

  • Flower Seed Cans


  • Recycled can
  • Brown paper grocery bag
  • Construction paper or cardstock: light and dark green
  • Jute twine: 2” length, 8” length


  • Plaid Rubber Stampede Fun Type alphabet stamp
  • Ink pads: black, brown
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Royal Fuchsia, Lavender, Calypso Blue, Mistletoe
  • Leaf decorative-edge scissors
  • Circle hole punch, 1/4”
  • Craft glue

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, sponge, paintbrush, black marker, sandpaper
  • 1. Wash can and remove label. Sand inside edges if needed.
  • 2. Tear 3"x4" brown bag rectangle to fit on front of can. Press sponge in brown ink pad and dab rectangle edges.
  • 3. Stamp "home grown", "grow… please!", or "flower power" on brown rectangle using alphabet stamps and black ink pad. Draw punctuation marks with black marker.
  • 4. Use paintbrush or sponge to apply Royal Fuchsia, Lavender, or Calypso Blue to flower stamp. Stamp flower under saying on brown rectangle.
  • 5. For stem, paint 2" jute twine length Mistletoe. Adhere stem on brown rectangle under flower.
  • 6. For leaves, cut 1-1/2" circles from light and dark green paper. Cut circles in half. Trim edges using leaf scissors. Draw leaf lines with black marker. Adhere light and dark leaves on stem.
  • 7. Punch holes on each side of brown rectangle. Thread 8" jute twine length through holes; adhere brown rectangle on can. Wrap and tie jute around can; trim ends.
  • 8. Fill can with dirt and plant flower seed.
  • Tips
  • 1. Use seeds that produce fast results and are quick to grow. Try sunflower, broccoli, cabbage, or turnip seeds.
  • 2. After researching the proper care for the plant type, make sure kids understand how much water and how often to water the plants. Have kids use the same measuring cup, and also water at the same time each day to build a good routine.