DIY Plastic Bucket Planter

DIY Plastic Bucket Planter

Spring is here!  And that means that it is time to get planting.  Last year I did very little gardening because we spend most of the summer camping and often my plants become neglected.  But this year I wanted to add some planters to our backyard to complement our newly finished deck and patio (coming soon).  Finding the perfect planter turned out to be more challenging than I thought so I created our own do-it-yourself version.

DIY Plastic Bucket Planter

I was hoping to find extra large galvanized planters to create floral focal points in our back yard.  We need large planters so that when we are camping during the summer months, they will retain some of the moisture from watering and not dry out so quickly.  Everything that I found was well over $20 each and not what I was looking for.  So I picked up three of these large plastic buckets from Walmart for $5 each (they were in the Rubbermaid bin/organizing section) and grabbed a can of Metallic Rust-oleum spray paint.

DIY Plastic Bucket Planter

One can of spray paint did two coats of paint on each bucket.  This is the difference that the paint made after just one coat!  I love it!  It’s the perfect look for our space.  And the possibilities with this spray paint are endless!  You could chose any paint colour to match your outdoor decor.

DIY Plastic Bucket Planter

I spray painted the handles and the top three inches of the inside of the bucket as well.  Spray paint on plastic is not the most durable finish if you were doing this to something like a chair that would have a lot of handling.  The paint can easily be scraped off.  But this is the perfect finish for these buckets because after planting they will be moved to a permanent spot and simply be viewed from every angle.

DIY Plastic Bucket Planter

Be sure to check back soon as I will be sharing the gorgeous bee friendly plants that I found to plant in our faux galvanized bucket planters!

Have you been busy planting this spring?

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  1. Michelle says

    This is such a great idea! I need something like this for my deck since it is a little off of the ground and it will help for safety. I’m checking on the walmart site and haven’t been able to find the buckets. Do you have a link to them? Thank you!!

  2. says

    What a great cost effective solution! I looked everwhere last year for flower pots but didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg, so I ended up with fewer than I would have liked. Great idea! Pinned!
    PS I recently started a new link party and would love to see some of your things there! #BEEPARTY

  3. Lynn says

    The planters look AMAZING! For those that worry about paint flaking; Rust-o-leum makes a great plastic coat spray paint. I’ve used it on my pvc table top for years. Doesn’t flake or chip and has a nice semi gloss finish. I get about 4 good years out of my heavily used tabletop (using table instead of sawhorses for cutting wood)) before sanding & repainting!

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