How to make an old bucket into a patio pot

Give a galvanized bucket an easy upgrade with only a coat of paint and a little creativity. A few holes drilled in the bottom transform it from a run-of-the-mill bucket to a multifunctional patio accessory. Plant a few ornamental flowers in the bucket to give your front porch a punch of color, or grow an assortment of herbs, so fresh flavors are always at your fingertips.
Aside from being effortless, the beauty of this DIY lies in the opportunities for customization. The project features a cherry motif that’s ideal for summer, but you can choose any design you like. A geometric pattern made with painter’s tape and bright, contrasting colors would complement minimalist or contemporary decor. If a classic and sophisticated style is more your speed, paint the bucket with neutral colors and a filigree stencil.
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Materials
- Galvanized bucket
- FolkArt Home Decor Chalk Paint in “Yellow Crocket”
- Large paint brush
- Red acrylic paint
- Small paint brush
- Sage green acrylic paint
- Detail paintbrush
- Electric drill
- Large drill bit
- Potting soil
- Plants of your choice
Instructions
1. Paint the bucket exterior with “Yellow Crocket” or the chalk paint of your choice. Allow the paint to dry.
2. To make cherries, use a small paintbrush to paint two red circles on the bucket. With a detail brush, paint the stems and leaves of the cherries. Paint pairs of cherries all the way around the bucket. Allow the paint to dry.
3. Turn the bucket over. Drill three large holes in the bottom. Evenly space the holes. This will allow your plants to drain well.
4. Turn the bucket right side up. Fill it with potting soil, then place your plants in the soil.
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