You can certainly use empty paint cans you have laying around your house. I bought new cans for 2.99 each. Mine are a bit wider and shorter than a traditional paint can.
I chose a spring green and a watermelon pink spray paint. Make sure your paint is suitable for outdoors.
Next step: spray away!
Add holes to the bottom of the paint can with a hammer and nail. CG tip: make sure to place paint can on a towel before hammering or you will ruin your paint job.
Instead of stripes, I decided to hand paint some numbers to give the planters a little interest. No rhyme or reason, I just think numbers make everything look cute! A added some gravel to the bottom, then added some pink petunias. I found a little corner spot on my deck that they are calling home! The deck will be getting a stain job this summer as well so please look past the dingy, greyish wood!
A few more additions to the deck:
I spray painted this old planter I had laying around. Loving this green and burgandy plant it is housing!
I purchased the magenta/white planter at Homegoods for $7 on clearance, and found the plant stand at Goodwill for 3.99. I also, you guessed it, spray painted it a peacock blue!!
I picked up this sweet little plant holder at Goodwill for 1.99.
Happy Spring from TX!