I love the punch of color annual flowers give to my outdoor decor. After I Updated my Tired Old Patio Furniture with bright fun colors I wanted to add something a little rustic. I’ve always loved the look of a topsy turvy flower pot and I decided I wanted to make one with galvanized buckets. Believe it or not, I did not have any buckets in my stash of treasures. If you buy them new they can be a little pricey so I put the project on the back burner. Then, one day I was out shopping and drove by a Dollar Store.  We all know as DIYers that we can’t pass a Dollar Store without stopping and taking a peek right??? And what did I see when I walked in?  Colorful plastic buckets!

How do you make this topsy turvy flower pot for a fraction of the cost? Check out this Faux galvanized bucket flower pot made with dollar store supplies!

That’s when I asked myself, why couldn’t I turn those buckets into faux galvanized buckets and make a faux galvanized topsy turvy planter? Well of course I knew the answer to my question… heck yeah!

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Flower Pot Supplies:

  • 3 plastic buckets the same size (These are not what I got but they are perfect!)
  • 1 larger bucket
  • Quikrete (This is the one I used because it is fast-setting)
  • 1″ PVC or pipe (Anything will work as long as it is sturdy enough to hold the weight)
  • Rustoleum Gray Primer (This is the one I used)
  • Rustoleum Silver spray paint
  • Drill and small drill bit
  • scissors
  • block of wood slightly taller then your 3 buckets
  • soil
  • flowers

Flower Pot Instructions:

How do you make this topsy turvy flower pot for a fraction of the cost? Check out this Faux galvanized bucket flower pot made with dollar store supplies!
Step 1) Spray all the buckets with primer. Let dry.

Step 2) Spray all the buckets with metallic spray paint. Let dry.

How do you make this topsy turvy flower pot for a fraction of the cost? Check out this Faux galvanized bucket flower pot made with dollar store supplies!

Step 3) In the larger bottom bucket mix your quikrete to bag instructions. Don’t add too much water.  You need the thickness so your pole will stay up while it dries.

Step 4) Push the pole down into the quikrete and smooth it down and around the pole. Let dry.

How do you make this topsy turvy flower pot for a fraction of the cost? Check out this Faux galvanized bucket flower pot made with dollar store supplies!

Step 5) Because these are plastic buckets you will want to put a block of wood down that is slightly taller then the bucket. Put the bucket over the wood.

Step 6) Drill a hole in the bottom of the bucket. You will need to make the hole wide enough to put the pole through. I found using scissors or small wire cutters to expand the hole the easiest.

How do you make this topsy turvy flower pot for a fraction of the cost? Check out this Faux galvanized bucket flower pot made with dollar store supplies!

Step 7) Drill a couple holes in the back of the bottom bucket right above the concrete for flower pot water drainage. I thought of this as I was putting in my soil, that is why my soil is already in the bucket.

How do you make this topsy turvy flower pot for a fraction of the cost? Check out this Faux galvanized bucket flower pot made with dollar store supplies!

Step 8) Start stacking your faux galvanized flower pot buckets. I put the first 2 on and then filled them with soil and flowers. Then I put on the third. It seemed easier that way. You can plant flowers in the bottom bucket if you have room, or just put soil in it to cover the concrete.

Faux galvanized bucket flower pot made with dollar store supplies!

And there you have it! A faux galvanized topsy turvy bucket flower pot that cost less then $10! You can’t buy one bucket for that price! I love it so much I decided to keep one outside my shop to add a punch of color and I will make another one to go with my patio set. With my left over concrete mix I made several Table Top Fire Pit Bowls. It was the perfect way to use up the bag of quikrete!

How do you make this topsy turvy flower pot for a fraction of the cost? Check out this Faux galvanized bucket flower pot made with dollar store supplies!

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