I have had a few empty small helium tanks from party stores sitting around the house that I have been wanting to make something out of for a while. After some deliberation I decided I wanted to turn them into some strawberry planters and potentially stack them on top of each other. To get started, I wanted to only make one more now and see if it will work as a strawberry planter.
To get started I needed the following tools:
- Jigsaw with metal cutting blade
- Dremel with metal cutting disks
- Flathead screwdriver
- Metal rasp or file
- Safety goggles
- Ear protection
- Potting soil
- Strawberry plants
Firstly, make sure the tank is empty. Secondly, there was a round dimple on the top by the handles that I decided to pierce a whole into with the screwdriver and hammer just in case there was some helium still. Next, I decided to take off the nozzle, because I intend to stack the helium tanks in the future. So, I disassembled the plastic parts of the nozzle, which may require a wrench. Then, I used the Dremel to cut off the metal part of the nozzle. This didn’t leave a hole like I thought it might, so I further used the Dremel to cut out a hole around where the nozzle was mounted. You will want to use a rasp, file, or a polish/grinding bit on your Dremel to de-burr the metal from the cutout.
Now, it was time to cut out some larger holes around the top of the helium tank where I would place the strawberry plants. So, use your marker to outline where you want the holes to be located. As an aside, I did notice that this dremeling really eats away at your metal cutting disk. Therefore, I decided to use the Dremel to only cut a slit at the top and bottom of the marked ovals I made. Then, luckily the metal cutting blade for the jigsaw fit into the slits for me. Now it got a little tricky due to the round surface and the handles of the helium tank getting in the way. You may need to reposition the jigsaw and/or bend the handles multiple times to make the cutout.
With persistence and some force you will get the three cutouts made. If you are like me, you will probably use up one or two metal cutting disks and blades to complete this project. Afterwards, make sure you smooth the cutouts with a file. Lastly, fill the tank with potting soil carefully and then place your strawberry plants by the cutouts.
I’ll post more photos later once I get the strawberry plants growing. If this works, I will make one or two more of these helium tank planters. Then, I’ll use a piece of metal electrical conduit to drive through the top of each each and into the ground to provide even greater vertical interest.