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A Galvanized Pail Makes A Perfect Planter

March 11, 2020

I’ve always been drawn to galvanized washtubs and pails. I like it when their shiny finish oxidizes and dulls, getting a little rusty and crusted with age. There’s something about them that feels well-loved. That’s why for this challenge I was on the hunt for a beat up bucket or pail to beef up with some charm!

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Today the Thrifty Chicks are back for our monthly challenge, and this time the theme is to do something fun with canisters, buckets and pails. We’ve each jumped in to get creative with these makeovers, and at the end of this post I will share links to all of our projects for you to see.

Thrifty Chicks DIY projects based on a common theme.

A Galvanized Pail for a Planter

I was determined to find a galvanized pail for this challenge, so I started with a quick stop at the thrift. My days are pretty busy lately and unfortunately leave little time for thrifting, but apparently this was my lucky day. I looked up and spied this cute little pail hiding on a cluttered shelf. It was tucked inside a plastic bucket with just the rim peeking out.

Originally I had grandiose ideas for what I might do for my project, but when I found this little pail that all changed. To me, this one is perfection. Its surface is beginning to show signs of wear with the weathered look I like, and honestly, how sweet are the black handles?

Rather than overthink it, I decided to whip together a little planter for a Spring centrepiece. I wanted to create something that would transition into Easter, and then back out again for our every day.

Ponytail Palms for an Indoor Spring Planter

I love ponytail palms and thought that would be a great place to start. They are a showy plant that can stand on their own, and they add a perfect pop of colour when needed. Besides, I just got back from a wonderful trip to Palm Desert so I was feeling inspired.

You know, I could almost have gotten away with just plopping the palm into the pail and calling it a day because it fit so well, but that would be defeating the purpose of this challenge. Where’s the fun in that? Besides, I had another vision in mind.

I made a quick trip to the Dollar Store for a few supplies, and then stopped at our grocery store where I had spied these pots of little purple flowers. They are known as Star of Bethlehem, and are such a great colour for Easter.

Potting up the ponytail palm was simple. I filled the bottom of the pail with rocks for drainage and then placed a coconut liner on top. I set the palm in the center of the pail, sprinkled some dirt around it and then added the Star of Bethlehem flowers on either side. I used the handles as a visual guide for finding the sides.

It didn’t take much to turn this thrifted pail into a planter with these simple steps and a few Dollar Store supplies. Once the flowers were all tucked in and the dirt topped up, I set this new Spring planter in its place and added a few finishing touches.

I pulled together some Spring and Easter colours using a plaid table runner, pink linen napkins, and added the galvanized charger as a base. Then just for fun I created a faux nest using basket shred that I also picked up at the Dollar Store.

Farm Fresh Eggs in an Easter Centerpiece

To give the whole ensemble a test drive for Easter I nestled a few farm fresh eggs into the ‘nest’ around the base. We’re an empty nest household so we have drifted from the days of colouring eggs.

You can see how simple it is to transition into an Easter vignette by just adding the eggs! Did you notice I removed the pink napkin? I liked the look both ways, but the napkin was being a little visually bossy over the eggs. What do you think? Would you have done something to change the look of the galvanized pail, or would you have worked around it by doing something like this instead?

Thrifty Chicks Project Links

I mentioned at the beginning of the post I would share links to the other projects, so you will find these links below. Just click on each one to see what my talented teammates have been up to with their projects.

From the top:

  1. Tania from Little Vintage Cottage – Vintage Aluminum Camping Gear Upcycled to Pretty Boho Planters!
  2. Linda from Itsy Bits and Pieces – A Simple Spring Flower Bucket DIY
  3. Kathleen from Our Hopeful Home – Farmhouse Mantel Easter Decor
  4. Tuula from Color Me Thrifty – DIY Canister Makeover with Colorful Ropes
  5. Me 🙂
  6. Lora from Lora B Create and Ponder – DIY Stenciled Galvanized Bucket Gift Idea
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Have you ever upcycled a canister, bucket or pail with a makeover? What did you do, and what did you use? And how about that galvanized pail!

Thanks for stopping by. I’m so glad you did.

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  • Reply Our Hopeful Home March 11, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    I have used old galvanized buckets for planters and such for a long time — I have to stop buying buckets at garage and estate sales! You really made a great find and I love those purple flowers. Very springy! xo Kathleen

    • Reply Sheila Zeller March 13, 2020 at 6:15 pm

      I am such a fan of galvanized buckets for planters. I am only just beginning my collection. I bet yours is amazing – do you have a blog post featuring them? I would love to see your collection. Sigh… 🙂

  • Reply Tuula & Color Me Thrifty March 11, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    What a lovely planter! The flowers look so pretty with the galvanized bucket.

    • Reply Sheila Zeller March 11, 2020 at 8:00 pm

      Thank you so much Tuula. I’m really happy with how it turned out…and now I have to keep the flowers alive! 😉

  • Reply DIY Stenciled Galvanized Bucket Gift Idea - Lora B. Create & Ponder March 11, 2020 at 9:42 am

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  • Reply Lora Bloomquist March 11, 2020 at 9:26 am

    I’ve never heard the name of those pretty purple flowers; just saw them in the store yday. I love their pretty purple color in the galvanized. And yes, those black handles are awesome; great find, and a great way to enjoy it!

    • Reply Sheila Zeller March 11, 2020 at 7:59 pm

      Aren’t those purple flowers awesome? I really love the colour. They would look great in your amazing galvanized gift pail, too! 🙂

  • Reply Michelle March 11, 2020 at 7:01 am

    This is such a beautiful planter! I love the way it looks with the eggs, too.

    • Reply Sheila Zeller March 11, 2020 at 7:55 pm

      Thank you so much Michelle. It was really fun to make and I was so happy to find a pail in such great shape 🙂

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