How to turn an old metal water bucket into an attractive flower pot

Have you heard of upcycling? Apparently, it is an even greener way of recycling. Basically, you find a new purpose for your unwanted items instead of getting rid of them.

Upcycling is eco-friendly and pocket-friendly. You can repurpose anything from an old jar to an old chair. Your imagination is the limit!

I’ve started with an old, long-forgotten metal water bucket I found at bottom of my garden. I thought to myself, why not to turn it into a flower pot. I thought the repurposed pot will become a perfect home for my newly acquired lavender.

Step by step guide:

  1. Clean it with warm, soapy water.  Scrub it if necessary. If it’s rusty, you could place a plastic liner at the bottom. Rust should not harm the plant, but you never know.
  2. Drill drainage holes on the bottom of the bucket. Approximately 5-6 holes should be enough, depending on size. If you are using a liner, poke some holes in that as well.
  3. Place some pebbles at the bottom and top it with compost before putting your plant in. Done!

Don’t forget to water it regularly. Let me know how you get on.

Any other upcycling ideas? I’ve got in mind another project, a bit bigger this time.

To be continued…







6 thoughts on “How to turn an old metal water bucket into an attractive flower pot

  1. Nice planter. It looks really good with the lavender. I do like a bit of thrift! I inherited a couple of old metal watering cans and a well bucket from my parents when they downsized – they make great planters.

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