DIY Galvanized Tub Planters

By adding DIY galvanized tub planters to the outdoor space, you can add charm and character, and color with beautiful tub planters.

This project is easy for anyone, and if you’re looking for an inexpensive way to make a statement in the flower garden, this is the perfect project for you.

These galvanized planters are a simple yet creative way to add some flowers to your garden. You can use these tub planters for various purposes, such as flowers, herbs, or even vegetables. This is an easy project that will take less than one hour to complete.

galvanized flower planters

I love to add a bit of character and farmhouse charm to the vegetable, herb, or flower garden by using vintage galvanized garden tub planters. With this simple guide, you will learn how to plant in washtub planters and create your DIY galvanized planters.

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Gardening is a hobby that I truly enjoy. It can be a great way to get some fresh air and exercise while enjoying the beauty of nature. This list highlights my favorite gardening supplies that I use to enjoy the process of gardening.

Galvanized Planters as Garden Containers

I have long loved old galvanized buckets, washtubs, enamel buckets, and a wide variety of what others might consider junk. Some see pieces that need to be discarded; I see pieces that can be reused or up-cycled into something else.

Where to Find Vintage Tub Planters

You can find vintage galvanized tubs for making your DIY galvanized planters in many places. Most hardware stores or feed stores will sell them brand new, but I love to search through flea markets, vintage shops, and garage sales.

I purchased most of the galvanized planters for just a few dollars. If the tub already has holes, go ahead and buy them because they are just what you need in the flower garden.

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Galvanized Washtub Planters with Legs

Washtub planters with legs are sometimes more difficult to find, but I love that they create visual height interest in the garden.

Generally, the galvanized washtubs with legs will already have a hole in the base where the water would drain. If this is the case, I don’t add any additional holes.

double wash tub planter with legs

How to Make DIY Galvanized Tub Planters

DIY galvanized tub planters can be a great way to get your yard looking beautiful and add more green to your life!

Making galvanized planters is easy and can be done in less than an hour. It requires essential tools and materials, including galvanized tubs, a hammer or drill, soil, plants, or seeds.

Step 1: Drill Drainage Holes

This is the most crucial step when planting in any container. There has to be adequate drainage for the water to escape. I have used a drill to drill holes in the bottom of the buckets, tubs, or pails.

I have also used a large nail that I hammered into the bottom of my galvanized tub to make a hole. After I beat the nail into the bottom of the planter, I pulled the nail back out and continued to add more holes around the base.

Step 2: Fill With Dirt

Decide where you want the container to be, and then fill it with good-quality soil and some compost.

Step 3: Start Planting

This is always my favorite part, and last year I grew all white and green flowers. I love the beauty of the white flowers against the DIY galvanized planters and the texture of the various green leaves. Visit my post, Washtub Planter Ideas, for more inspiration!

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Growing Perennials in DIY Galvanized Tub Planters

I have had great success with planting Hostas in containers. We are located in Missouri, and each year they return after the winter season.

There is such a wide assortment of Hostas, and each one is different, which means that they add significant visual interest to the flower garden.

So, don’t be afraid to try growing some perennials in containers. If you live in an area with bitterly cold temperatures, try adding a layer of mulch to the top of the bucket and placing it under a porch or in a building. Generally, the plant will return when the weather warms up.

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Galvanized Washtub Planter With Stand for Gardening

Washtubs are a great place to plant herbs or flowers. They have a lot of depth and can support taller flowers or herbs. If you are limited on space, they are the perfect option for using on a porch or patio.

Just be sure to provide a lot of sunshine and have adequate water drainage again.

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Can You Plant in Vintage Washtub Planters

Vintage washtub planters make great planters. They look beautiful, but they last for a long time and can be used year after year. There are a few steps to take before you plant in galvanized tubs and buckets.

What Can I Plant in DIY Galvanized Tub Planters

Flowers, vegetables, and herbs can all be grown in galvanized tub planters. Plant accordingly, paying attention to the needs of the plant.

More Flower Gardening Ideas

There are many more flower gardening ideas from the blog. Some of them are mentioned below:

Learning how to make your DIY galvanized tub planters is a way to create a unique style in your garden. With just a few simple steps, you will have a space to grow beautiful flowers, herbs, or vegetables for years to come.

Thank you for sharing!

11 thoughts on “DIY Galvanized Tub Planters”

  1. I place pieces of styrofoam or packing peanuts in the bottom of my large planters before adding dirt and plants. By doing this the planters are much lighter and easier to move. It also helps with drainage.

  2. I’ve heard that they can get very hot in the summer and that insulation may be required. I wonder if you have any thoughts?
    Thank you, Debra

  3. Years ago I found a galvanized mop bucket. I like to plant white alyssum around the edges so it looks like soap bubbles spilling out. Love your site!!


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