Paint Bucket Planters


2 equally sized buckets (mine came from the paint department at Lowe’s and were about $6 each)
2 bolts ( I used 3/8” bolts that were 1” long)
2 nuts (same size as your bolts)
4 fender washers (same size as your bolts)

Get someone stronger than me (at my house that’s BC) to un-bend the end of the handle on one of your buckets.


You’ll only need to do one side…you can maneuver the other one loose once one side is free.

Bend down the little metal things that used to hold the handle on.


Tap them down a bit more if you need to, so your bucket looks like this:


Turn it upside down and make sure it doesn’t wobble too much.

Place another bucket on top.


Using a drill bit slightly larger than the width of you bolts, drill a hole through the bottom of both buckets.


And then, drill another one. Both buckets should now look like this:


Put a bolt and a washer through the top and then a washer and a nut on the bottom and tighten.


Repeat on the other hole.

Fill with your favorite plants!


No, my porch isn’t usually that wet. I’d just sprayed it off and then the sun went behind a cloud and made for better picture taking.

I made a set.




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  1. I really like the look of galvanized steel. Great project. They will also look nice throughout the seasons.

  2. What a fabulous idea and it looks great with your fun patio furniture. Thanks for sharing!

  3. tinahead81 says:

    it all looks great together!! awesome idea!!

  4. Very clever. I love the galvanized look.

  5. the thrifty ba says:

    love love love!

  6. Adventures of a CrAzY LaDy! says:

    These look GREAT! Thanks so much for sharing!!! :)

  7. Way, way cute!
    And if you lived in SoCal, I'd be turning you in…did you know you can get fined in my city for hosing off your porch these days? Good times…good times.

  8. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    Oh sure, Sheri…they'll fine you for spraying your porch but they won't fine you for peeing in a carport? SoCal is JACKED.

  9. ificould says:

    Great idea!! I featured this post today

    Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Michelle says:

    Totally cute as usual. Guess who's hanging next to ya over at CSI.

  11. Orange Peanut says:

    Very fun way to use paint buckets! Thanks for sharing!

  12. brown paper packages says:

    great idea…i love it!

  13. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    K Char, this idea is almost as cool as you!! Totally linking to this!

  14. totally fantastically easy and cute!!!

  15. Life in Rehab says:

    Charming girlie, as always!

  16. Frugal Life Project says:

    Those are totally cool!

  17. Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish says:

    Love those! Too cute!

  18. BLJ Graves Studio says:

    So creative! BTW… LOVE the name of your blog. :-)

  19. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    This is such a clever and creative project. Well done!

  20. CraftCrave says:

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [02 Jun 02:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  21. Very cute! Planters are so expensive and this one is way better!
    But you might want to drill and leave a hole in the bottom because most plants will rot out without proper drainage

  22. Char @ Crap I've Made says:

    Cait has a good point. My washers are not water tight, so I'm getting some pretty good drainage already.

  23. Jen @ says:

    Char you are just so creative. I love this project. I blogged about it on my tatertots site too.

    Thanks so much for linking up to The CSI Project's hardware Store Challenge! We hope you will come back next week for the Martha Stewart-inspired challenge — The MS Craft Department are our guest judges!!!


  24. These are really great looking! Thanks for taking the time to share your idea.

  25. I love the planters! I hope to make a few this weekend for my back porch.

    PLEASE tell me your adorable patio furniture isn’t something vintage-thus-impossible-to-buy-in-stores. Where can I get it? I LOVE it!

  26. Great idea Char! thumbs up :)

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  28. Beautiful idea for buckets! I DEFINITELY have to make one or two of these for my porch this summer. Thanks so much for sharing your crafty brilliance!


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