Do you love creating unique flower arrangements? With these 7 creative ideas, you can transform old galvanized buckets into beautiful flower planters. These are perfect for indoor and outdoor home decor.

Galvanized Flower Buckets: 7 DIY Floral Designs
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When Cindy from County Road 407 asked me to join her today to share galvanized flower bucket ideas along with 7 other bloggers, I couldn’t wait to put together these 7 arrangements to share with you.

If you are joining me from Debra over at Common Ground, welcome! Aren’t Debra’s watering can ideas just fabulous?

Galvanized Flower Buckets

Galvanized flower buckets are a popular choice for displaying and arranging flowers, both indoors and outdoors. Here is some information about galvanized flower buckets:

  • Material: Galvanized flower buckets are made from galvanized metal, typically steel. Galvanization is a process where the metal is coated with a layer of zinc to protect it from rust and corrosion. This makes the buckets sturdy and durable, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
  • Design: Galvanized flower buckets come in various designs and sizes to suit different preferences and needs. They usually have a cylindrical or bucket-shaped body with a flat or slightly curved bottom. Some buckets may have handles on the sides for easy carrying and transportation.
  • Versatility: Galvanized flower buckets are versatile and can be used in multiple ways. They can be used as standalone flower pots or planters to display fresh flowers or potted plants. They can also be used as containers for floral arrangements, allowing you to create beautiful centerpieces or decorative displays. Additionally, galvanized buckets can be used for storing gardening tools or as rustic decor pieces in your home or garden.
  • Rustic Charm: The galvanized metal finish gives the flower buckets a rustic and vintage charm. The silver-gray color of the galvanized metal adds a touch of industrial aesthetics, making them suitable for various decor styles, including farmhouse, country, and shabby chic.
  • Durability: Galvanized flower buckets are known for their durability. The galvanized coating protects the metal from rust and corrosion, allowing the buckets to withstand outdoor elements, such as rain and sunlight. This makes them ideal for use in gardens, patios, or other outdoor spaces.

Large Galvanized Flower Buckets

But once I thought about it, I realized I only owned one galvanized flower bucket!

How could this possibly be?

Old Galvanized flower Bucket

As someone who loves all things thrifty, vintage, and chippy, how could I only have one small galvanized bucket?

But that’s okay; as you will see, I got creative with what I had and came up with 7 fun ways to create floral bouquets out of old galvanized flower buckets for spring or summer flower arrangements.

Super simple and easy! I hope you enjoy them.

1. Galvanized Flower Buckets with Lilacs

As I write this, I am getting ready to head to our place in Maine for the summer. The Lilacs we newly planted this winter here in Vermont are currently blooming, but they only have a few days left, I’m afraid.

So, I thought I would cut the last of the Lilac blooms to bring with me to Maine in this old galvanized flower bucket so we could enjoy them just a little bit longer.

Am I right, what joy you can get out of an old bucket with some fresh-cut flowers?

You may enjoy seeing more Lilac decorating ideas in the Bountiful Bouquets of Lilacs and Decorating with Purple Lilac posts.

Galvanized Flower Buckets with lilacs.

You may also enjoy the Flower Press: Vintage Meets Academia post.

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You may also enjoy the Very Vintage Weekend post with Peonies displayed in a wired basket.

2. Sunflowers in Galvanized Flower Buckets

It was 90 degrees here in Vermont when I created this galvanized flower bucket full of sunflowers, which are out of season for us this time of year.

Sunflowers, ferns, and galvanized Bucket with clippers.

However, these bright yellow sunflowers were a smiling surprise at our local supermarket.

Sunflower Centerpiece with green ferns.

A perfect and simple bouquet for this old galvanized flower bucket.

You may also enjoy this Vintage Haul for Spring Porch post, where I found this adorable lemonade set.

You may also enjoy the post, White & Green Rustic Summer Flower Planters Sure To Charm You.

3. A Chippy Red Bucket with Geraniums

Yes, please!

Vintage red bucket with red geranium arrangement on table.

And to think I had forgotten all about this red galvanized flower bucket until I got to our home here in Maine.

Because this bucket is one of my favorite thrifted finds.

It looks so festive and adds all that jazz to our now-weathered outdoor teak table in the summer.

You may also enjoy this year’s Coastal Grandmother Summer Decor “In My Mother’s Home post.

And it’s the perfect accessory for the Patriotic holidays, too!

You may also enjoy this Red Geranium Time-Honored Window Flower Boxes post.

4. Patriotic Bucket Centerpiece

You may enjoy seeing this bucket of greens on our Breakfast Patriotic Alfresco Table as the centerpiece, surrounded by some simple fresh-cut backyard greenery and a few small rustic garden stakes.

This was the first outdoor table I decorated here in Maine using all my mother’s collected antique dishware and this old red galvanized flower bucket.

Red Bucket Outdoor Table Centerpiece with greenery.

5. Bucket of Wildflowers

It is so easy to create flower bouquets with galvanized buckets. Fill them with water and plop the flowers right in.

From rustic sunflowers to beautiful wildflowers like these.

galvanized flower bucket with gorgeous spring bouquet.

6. Red Galvanized Bucket of Wildflowers

And how about the same wildflowers in the vintage red galvanized bucket, too?

Which do you like better? Let me know in the comments below.

Red galvanized flower buckets with flowers.

7. Coffee Table Hydrangeas Centerpiece

Last fall, I added some dried hydrangeas to this galvanized flower bucket on the coffee table in our sunroom in Vermont.

Galvanized Bucket Centerpiece with dried hydrangeas on coffee table in sunroom.

The texture of the old galvanized bucket with the hydrangeas brightens up this blue-and-white room as we say goodbye to summer.

You may see more of this Sunroom Decor in the Off-Season here.

Today, this room serves as a craft and blogging space. See it completely transformed in the Vintage Eclectic Decor Meets Craft Room Design post.

Hydrangeas coffee table centerpiece in sunroom.

Galvanized flower buckets are a versatile and durable choice for displaying flowers and adding rustic charm to your space. Whether used indoors or outdoors, these buckets provide a unique and stylish way to showcase your favorite blooms.

Wishing you a wonderful summer with buckets full of flowers!


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Next up on today’s galvanized bucket tour is my friend Lora over at Lora Bloomquest, Create and Ponder. She always has such creative ideas; wait until you see her vintage containers!

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  1. These ideas are so fun Ann! I love each arrangement and each bucket! I’m sharing with my followers in my round up post today “From My Neck of the Woods.” They will love it!

  2. I LOVE your buckets!!! You have such a unique collection! I love what you have done with these awesome buckets!!! Beautiful!!!!!

  3. Every picture is gorgeous as usual! Oh I love that red bucket and your patriotic tablescape with your mother’s vintage dishes has always been a favorite of mine.

    So many beautiful ideas to pin away!

  4. Believe it or not, Ann, I don’t own a single bucket — galvanized or not! You have so many great ideas here. I will have to keep my eye out for a bucket when I am at the antiques malls!

  5. I love that patriotic bucket with the peeling graphics; how fun! Love the variety of flowers you placed in your buckets; it truly is the perfect container for any kind of flowers! Beautiful pics, Ann!

  6. Thanks for all these wonderful ideas. Loved your red buckets and the bouquet with sunflowers and fern.

  7. So many great ideas Ann! You basically can’t go wrong with any beautiful bloom you add to a vintage galvanized container. Loved them all.

  8. Who needs more than one bucket when you have so many awesome ideas for flower arrangements! Just gorgeous, Ann. Love the lilacs and oh wow, that sunflower bouquet. LOVE the ideas!

  9. Oh my, I need a red bucket! But even the galvanized patina makes me smile. Your floral arrangements on each table looks beautiful but your tables always do. Thanks so much for sharing and joining us today. pinned

  10. Wow! Thank you for all the great ideas! I especially love the ferns and sunflowers. I never would have thought to put those together. My mind is thinking of all sorts of possibilities now. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1. I’m so glad Deborah. Have a wonderful weekend❤️❤️

  11. Ann,
    I loved all your galvanized buckets and you’ve displayed them beautifully.