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I first noticed bucket and faucet planters (like this one) at a high-end garden shop while on a shopping trip years ago. I thought they were charming…and decided on the spot that I would try and build one myself using vintage and salvaged materials because, well, I’m me!
Many junkin’ road trips later, I had procured the pieces that I needed: an old USDA bucket…
An antique, salvaged “cold water” spigot / faucet…
And a couple of new elements from the hardware store: pipe and a pipe nipple to fit my salvaged spigot onto the pipe.
I had everything I needed to construct the planter…just needed to hit the nursery and pick up my flowers of choice and some potting soil!
I decided to go with Portulaca…or moss roses…because I’ve always, always loved them. And I figured they would spread out nicely in the bucket. Now all I had to do was be patient and wait for the moss roses to fill in and spread out…
And they did!!
I’ve been using my faucet planter for years- once the portulaca have time to get comfy and settle in, they do wonderfully well in their planter. And before you ask, no, I didn’t drill drainage holes in the bucket…I couldn’t bring myself to do it and year after year, the portulaca flourish!
So what do you think? I know I’m biased, but I think this one is WAY cuter than the pre-fab ones…and it really has that farmhouse look that everyone wants nowadays. And come autumn, it’s easy to dismantle and all the parts store within the bucket- perfect!
Interested in more recycled crafts like this one? Check out AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com– you’ll find this project and other great repurposed ideas!