We have been in the beginning stages of selling our home and building a new one, and that means we have been redecorating and getting our current home ready to show to buyers. I was looking at my front door and thought, “I need something here,” so I put together this adorable DIY Rustic Bucket Planter!
I absolutely love making decor for my home, but I love sharing my ideas and inspiring other people so much more. So, here is how I’ve made this super easy DIY Rustic Bucket Planter!
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I recorded the how-to process during a live video on my Facebook page, and you can watch the replay if you want to see my techniques, craft along, or just join in on the fun conversations!
For this project, I will be using these items but you can substitute where you want.
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- Dollar Tree Buckets (x2)
- Dollar Tree Nautical Rope
- Half Wood Beads
- Lamb’s Ear Greenery Spray
- Apple Barrel Black Acrylic Paint
- Folkart White Chalk Paint
- Waverly Antique Wax
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- OPTIONAL: Floral Foam
Let’s get started!
Okay, I made this adorable rustic bucket planter with two Dollar Tree plastic buckets, so I had to hot glue the bottoms of the buckets together.
We are hot gluing them together before we paint because we also have to add half wood beads around the top and bottom trims of our planter.
As you can see, the buckets have paneling on them. I hot glued a wood bead above each line on the buckets. This helped me make sure I had even spacing when I was placing the beads.
Once all your half wood beads are glued in place, paint over them with black paint. I used Apple Barrel Black Acrylic Paint.
Painting the wood beads first allows us to give them a distressed finish after we paint our buckets white. Otherwise, the natural wood color wouldn’t be dark enough to get the contrast needed to match the bucket’s distressed finish.
Allow the black paint to completely dry before you move on. I used my heat gun to speed up the drying process, but if you don’t have one, you can use a hairdryer on the low cool setting.
Once all the beads are dry, you’re going to need a chippy paintbrush and white paint. I used Folkart White Chalk Paint for this next step.
Lightly dry brush the white paint across the entire outer surface of the buckets. If you keep a light hand, you’ll get an effortless distressed finish!
If you want your DIY rustic bucket planters more distressed, you can go over them with a sanding sponge. Keep a very light hand when you’re distressing the wood beads because you don’t want them to pull off the buckets.
Next, you’re going to wrap Dollar Tree nautical rope around the middle of the buckets. This is going to cover up where the buckets meet and make the project look like it is just one solid piece.
Finish it up
All that is left to do is add your plants! I used some Lamb’s Ear greenery from Walmart, but you could add whatever floral or greenery spray you want! I just placed my greenery in the bucket so I could swap it out when I wanted to.
If you want yours to be a bit more permanent, you can add in some floral foam to the DIY rustic bucket planter. I am so excited to put this adorable decor by my front door! Where will you put yours??
I hope you enjoyed this DIY Rustic Bucket Planter as much as I did and decide to make one for yourself! I would love to see how yours turns out!
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Thanks for stopping by! XOXO Amber
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