About this project
I made the first version of this project with my husband a few years ago. Since then, we’ve learned a lot about simplifying the process, so you get to benefit from our mistakes. Having a planter this size is perfect if you want to add flowers at a front entrance or plant herbs or vegetables right outside of your kitchen.
DIY Rustic Modern Metal Crafts by Laura Putman
Published by F+W Media
DIY Rustic Modern Metal Crafts© 2018 Laura Putman / F+W Media · Reproduced with permission. · Excerpted from DIY Rustic Modern Metal Crafts: 35 Creative Upcycling Ideas for Galvanized Metal Copyright © 2015 by Laura Putnam and published by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Photos courtesy of Laura Putnam.
You Will Need
- 1 Piece of thin Wood (I used lathe that was 1" thick × 2" wide. The two main strips are cut to 24" in length. The angled piece is cut to 10" in length.)
- Door , wood shutter, or piece of plywood (the one I used is 17" wide × 50" tall)
- Screw Gun
- 7 Sheet metal Screw(s)
- 9 Wood Screws
- Plate Hangers
- Decorative Plates
Use your measuring tape and measure the diameter of the largest bucket a few inches down from the top. Also measure the diameter of the bottom of the bucket for later use. With your miter box or chop saw, cut two pieces of wood strapping to the length of the bucket’s diameter a few inches down from the top (your first measurement). Place the door, shutter, or piece of plywood in the base of the large bucket and sandwich the door between the two pieces of wood strapping board. Use your screw gun to attach each end of the wood strapping to the bucket with a sheet metal screw from the outside of the bucket.
Use your drill to create a pilot hole at the center and at each end of the front side of the strapping, then attach the strapping boards to the door with your screw gun and a wood screw through the pilot holes.
Tips & Recommendations
Although this project works great for flowers, it is also a great for herbs or even some vegetables. Keep the planter close to your kitchen access and you can easily pick some herbs or vegetables while you are cooking.
With your miter box or chop saw, cut a piece of wood strapping as long as the diameter of the bottom of the bucket (your second measurement in step 2). Cut the ends at a 45-degree angle and place the strapping vertically in the bottom of the bucket, on the back side of your door, shutter, or plywood. Use your screw gun to attach the vertical piece of strapping with a wood screw where it meets the horizontal strapping board.