How to Transform Household Buckets into Attractive Flower Pots

If you need some inexpensive flower pots, considering using household buckets. They come in many sizes, colors and styles to suit your needs. It is very easy to do.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Bucket
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Nail
  • Block of scrap wood
  • Paint or decals

Step 1 - Determine Size

Using a household bucket for a flower pot is like using a regular flower pot, so when you are choosing a bucket, consider the size of the plant and root ball. Don't use a pot too large as it may be quite sometime before the plant will resume growth.

Step 2 - Drainage

As with any flower pot, a household bucket also needs drainage. Use the screwdriver, drill or hammer, nail and block of wood to make drainage holes in the bottom of the bucket. Create one hole in the center of the base about 1/2 inch in diameter.

If you are going to hang the plant and don't have something appropriate to use as a saucer for catching drips, don't puncture a hole in the bucket. Instead, use a layer of small gravel in the bottom of the bucket about 2 inches deep to allow for drainage. When watering plants in this type of hanger, you can tip them sideways later and drain away excess water.

Step 3 - Decoration

You can decorate the sides of the bucket planter with painted designs using craft paint. You can also use decals purchased at any craft supply store.