How To Make A Planter From An Old Bucket

How To Make A Planter From An Old Bucket


If you’re anything like me, you have a collection of old buckets in your garage and shed. They’re great for storing tools or other items that need to be kept dry. But what if you could use the bucket itself as an attractive planter? It’s easy to do with just a few tools and accessories. Follow these steps:

How To Make A Planter From An Old Bucket

Cut the bucket

  • Use a hacksaw to cut the bucket in half.
  • Drill holes at the bottom of each bucket half for drainage, if desired.
  • Attach a lid or cap to one of them with a hammer and nail (or screws), then place it over your soil mixture in order that water can drain through both pieces of plastic into the soil below when watering plants.*

Drill holes for drainage

The next step is to drill holes in the bottom of your bucket. This will allow water to drain out and prevent your planter from being too heavy when filled with soil. The size of these holes depends on how much drainage you want, but make sure they’re not so big that they let everything out at once!

  • Drill about four or five holes approximately 1/2 inch wide along one side of your bucket (not through). These should be spaced evenly apart so that they create an even drainage pattern throughout the bottom surface area of your container.
  • Repeat this process on another side if needed–just remember: don’t drill through both sides at once!

Add a lid or cap for a reservoir

  • Add a lid or cap for a reservoir
  • Make sure the lid fits snugly
  • You can add a drainage hole in the bottom of your planter, but make sure it’s not too big (a pencil-sized hole should suffice).

Fill with soil, plants and/or water.

Fill the bucket with soil and add plants. Watering is easy: just fill the reservoir with water and let it drain out into the bucket through holes in its bottom. You can also add decorative elements like rocks, gravel or other small items to help decorate your planter!

An old bucket can be transformed into an attractive planter.

If you are looking for an easy-to-make planter, an old bucket is the perfect choice. It’s cheap, readily available and can be used in many different ways.

You can use it as a planter in many different ways:

  • Drill holes through the bottom of your bucket and insert some drainage tubes (or simply drill holes). Then add soil and plant your seeds or seedlings accordingly!
  • If you don’t want to drill holes in your bucket, simply place some rocks at the bottom so they don’t sink into dirt when watering plants inside them.


If you’re looking for an easy way to add some greenery to your home, we hope these tips have been helpful. If you want something more complex, check out our other DIY projects!