How to Make a Tin Can Unicorn Planter

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August 21, 2018

Tin Can Unicorn Planter - flower filled can outsideThis is a cute project using an old tin can and a cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper. A bit of paint and glue will transform your junk into a mystical creature, carrying your pretty flowers. You can also use this as a pencil or makeup brush holder!


I used spray paint to hurry things up and get an even coat, but you can use acrylics. I used holographic gift paper for the tail to up its magical look. You could also use any colour gift tissue or yarn.

Total Time: 45 minutes plus paint dry time

Yield: 1 unicorn


  • 1 cardboard tube from toilet paper
  • scissors
  • gold paint
  • white paint
  • black permanent marker
  • holographic or rainbow gift paper
  • hot glue gun with glue
Tin Can Unicorn Planter - supplies


  1. Cut a long cone shape out of the cardboard tube.
  2. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - cut a cone shape from the TP tube
  3. Cut the pointy tip off so it's a bit rounded.
  4. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - cut the point off so it is rounded on the end

  5. Cut out 2 identical ears, a little smaller than half the length of the horn.
  6. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - cut out 2 ears slightly less in length than the horn
  7. Paint the horn gold.
  8. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - paint the horn gold
  9. Paint the entire can and two ears white. Allow to fully dry.
  10. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - paint ears and can white and allow to dry
  11. Use the black marker to draw diagonal lines on the golden horn.
  12. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - draw diagonal lines on the horn using the marker
  13. Draw lobe details on the ears.
  14. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - draw details on the ears

  15. Add a big dab of hot glue to the bottom of the front side of the horn, then press into the inside of the can.
  16. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - hot glue the horn in place
  17. Glue the ears on either side. Press to secure.
  18. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - glue the ears on either side
  19. Draw an eye under each ear. I went with closed eyes with long lashes.
  20. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - draw eyes under the ears
  21. Cut about an 8x2" strip from the gift paper.
  22. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - cut a strip from the gift paper

  23. Fold it in half then cut thin strips up to the fold, stopping half an inch from the fold.
  24. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - fold it in half and cut thin strips to within 1/2 inch of the fold
  25. Fold it in half horizontally and secure closed with a dot of hot glue.
  26. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - fold and glue
  27. Now hot glue the base of the tail on the inside of the can, opposite the horn.
  28. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - glue the tail in place
  29. The tail will dance in the wind when placed outside. Looks magical!
  30. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - unicorn outside with the tail blowing in the wind

  31. Fill with flowers and enjoy. :)
  32. Tin Can Unicorn Planter - add flowers and you are done
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