Rustic Planter with a Galvanized Bucket and Antique Brass Faucet

Rustic Planter with a Galvanized Bucket and Antique Brass Faucet

I first noticed bucket and faucet planters at a high-end garden shop while on a shopping trip years ago. As charming as it was, though, the price was a little steep. I had a sneaking suspicion, however, that I could recreate the same look with a galvanized bucket and an antique brass faucet. I just needed to find the right pieces for my soon-to-be rustic planter / metal planter.

So, I kept my eyes peeled for the right elements during my various Junkin’ Journey road trips. And sure enough, I found exactly what I was looking for. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Building a Rustic Planter / Porch Planter

After much searching (which is always fun!), I finally found the pieces I needed for my metal planter: a galvanized bucket and an antique brass faucet.

Galvanized bucket and antique brass faucet to be upcycled into metal planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Here, let me show you close-up photos of each one so that you can see just how fabulous they are. The galvanized bucket (complete with its red handle) is an old USDA bucket- isn’t that cool?

Galvanized bucket for upcycling into porch planter or metal planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The antique brass faucet is a great piece of vintage hardware. I’m not sure if it came from a kitchen or bathroom, but you can’t beat that porcelain handle.

Antique brass faucet to upcycle with galvanized bucket into primitive home decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now, to complete my rustic planter, I needed a couple of elements from the hardware store: pipe and a pipe nipple. I’ll attach the antique brass faucet to the pipe courtesy of the pipe nipple. Then, I’ll stick the whole thing in the soil (no welding, no glue)!

Making a rustic planter and primitive home decor with galvanized bucket by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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!

Primitive Home Decor with a Rustic Planter / Porch Planter

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 galvanized bucket.

First, I placed some gravel in the bottom of the bucket before adding the soil. Then I just transplanted a few portulaca plants from their plastic planters. Now all I had to do was be patient and wait for the moss roses to fill in and spread out…

Metal planter or rustic planter with galvanized bucket and antique brass faucet by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Talk about spreading out! Apparently, portulaca REALLY like a metal planter…or maybe they liked the antique brass faucet. Who knows?! All I know is that my porch planter looked fabulous.

Primitive home decor and metal planter with galvanized bucket and antique brass faucet by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

So fabulous, in fact, that it ended up shrouding the faucet!

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 rustic 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!

Porch planter using antique brass faucet and galvanized bucket as metal planter by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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 the look of primitive home decor that I just love. And come autumn, it’s easy to dismantle and all the parts store within the galvanized bucket- perfect!

If you love upcycled planters, then you might really enjoy this collection of repurposed garden planters here for even more inspiration!

Upcycling ideas and repurposed projects for garden planters, garden pots, unique planters, and flower box ideas compiled by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Craft on!

S

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Comments

  1. sheila miller says

    I say fabulous and I’ve got to have one now, myself!

  2. Fabulous! I have to make one of these! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com
    History & Home link party, Tue-Fri, weekly

    • Hi, Dawn! It really is incredibly easy to make once you find the perfect materials!! Thank you so much for the comment and for stopping by- I just ‘liked’ your FB page so I can follow along. 🙂

  3. This is so cute! I need to show my husband and have him make one for me – I know he has various pipe pieces, etc from fixing our sprinklers in the yard. I love those kind of plants, too. They do really well in the Texas heat.

    • Hi, Kimberlee! It’s super easy to make- the hardest part is finding the cutest, vintage faucet that you can find!! When you make one, let me know how it turns out! And yes, the portulaca/moss roses REALLY do well in a bucket…sometimes too well and they get a little crazy. 🙂

  4. That is the cutest planter. Thanks for the great idea!

  5. What a cute idea! I’ so not crafty at all but this I could probably pull off!

    • Yes, this one is REALLY easy once you have all the right parts. And I highly recommend the portulaca/moss roses as your plant…they do wonderfully well in a metal bucket!

  6. This is so pretty, I’m always looking for new ways to display containers on our porch and patio – I really love this – thank you for sharing! popping over from Fit Foodie Runs

    • Thank you for your impossibly sweet words! I love this little planter…and it’s really nothing to put together once you have the perfect little parts. I get more compliments on it than just about anything else. Let me know how yours turns out!!

  7. Adorable planter, perfect patio addition for the salvage, vintage collector!

  8. Thank you so much for stopping by The WeekendSocial Link Party over at KitchenDreaming. Hope to see you next time!

  9. Joy @ Yesterfood says

    I love this SO much! I am so glad you shared this with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- I am sharing on Facebook this afternoon at 5:30 CST! 🙂

  10. I love this beautiful container! Great way to spruce up the patio! Saw this over at The Weekend Social Link up party and had to take a closer look!

  11. adorable! would love to have you link up to this weeks garden party over here at Fishtail Cottage! xoxo, tracie

  12. Kim Croul says

    This is so cute. I would love to try to make one of these. I just bought some portulacas yesterday. How perfect? Thank you for sharing the idea.

  13. Charlene Adair says

    I love it. I think I will make one for my porch. Thank you for sharing.

  14. Hi Sadie- this collection is a feature over at http://notatrophywife.com on Thursday night for Friday Favorites!
    I love the faucet bucket! laura

  15. MaryEllen Devlin says

    Thank you, Sadie! I can’t wait to try this, and make them as gifts for my sister and daughters. It also gives me something to hunt for at Brimfield. Yours is was at cuter than the commercial ones, since it’s authentic!

  16. Absolutely gorgeous! You make it look so easy. I love the rustic style too!

  17. Sarah your style always makes me smile!

  18. I’m a dunce who needs step-by-step directions. I think I have most of it figured out. How did you afix the pipe to the bucket?

  19. This is one of the cutest project I have seen with recycle items.
    Maria

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