Do THIS to a bucket from Home Depot to make your garden look amazing!

My husband had a set of 5, 5-gallon buckets stacked in the corner of the garage. Which piqued my interest. I managed to get 3 from him to try out my planter experiment and I’m thrilled with how they turned out! I didn’t want to spend money on something I could make myself, but even if you do need to go out and buy the 5-gallon buckets–the total came out to under $10 per planter. I promise these planters are easy to make!!

Interested in more photos + details on the project? Check out my full post here: http://www.tagandtibby.com/blog/2017/5/19/how-to-make-a-planter-from-a-5-gallon-bucket

Time: 1 Days Cost: $8.72 Difficulty: Easy

transform a 5 gallon bucket into a tomato planter

transform a 5 gallon bucket into a tomato planter

Remove the handles from each bucket by pulling on them until they pop out. Roughen up the bucket surface with a fine-grit sandpaper.

Then spray paint each bucket with light coats, according to your spray paint can’s instructions. Don’t worry if the words show through after a coat or two! You will likely need 3 or four light coats for full coverage of the bucket.

transform a 5 gallon bucket into a tomato planter

Wrap a 12 ft piece of rope around the top diameter of the bucket, just inside the outer lip. You could be fancy and glue the ends to the bucket, but I’m a lazy DIYer and chose to tuck each rope end into itself. It makes for 1 “ugly side” but 3 pretty sides. Then drill 1/4″ holes in the bottom of each planter bucket. This will help the soil drain properly.

transform a 5 gallon bucket into a tomato planter

transform a 5 gallon bucket into a tomato planter

Fill your planter buckets with gravel or lava rock (optional) then gardening soil. Then add your plant! And take a step back to admire the lovely planters you’ve upcycled!

transform a 5 gallon bucket into a tomato planter

transform a 5 gallon bucket into a tomato planter

transform a 5 gallon bucket into a tomato planter

Materials I used for this project:

5 Gallon Buckets (Home Depot)

Outdoor Spray Paint

Sandpaper

Sisal-Style Rope

Gardening Soil