How to Make a Tin Can Unicorn Planter

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This adorable tin can unicorn planter is easy to make with items you have at home. It would be perfect as a table centerpiece or could even be used as a holder for other items.


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This 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


  1. Cut a long cone shape out of the cardboard tube.
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  3. Cut the pointy tip off so it's a bit rounded.
  4. Cut out 2 identical ears, a little smaller than half the length of the horn.
  5. Paint the horn gold.
  6. Paint the entire can and two ears white. Allow to fully dry.
  7. Use the black marker to draw diagonal lines on the golden horn.
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  9. Draw lobe details on the ears.
  10. 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.
  11. Glue the ears on either side. Press to secure.
  12. Draw an eye under each ear. I went with closed eyes with long lashes.
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  14. Cut about an 8x2" strip from the gift paper.
  15. Fold it in half then cut thin strips up to the fold, stopping half an inch from the fold.
  16. Fold it in half horizontally and secure closed with a dot of hot glue.
  17. Now hot glue the base of the tail on the inside of the can, opposite the horn.
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  19. The tail will dance in the wind when placed outside. Looks magical!
  20. Fill with flowers and enjoy. :)
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