Old galvanized buckets make terrific planters both indoors and outdoors. Here are 7 bucket arrangements that you can easily recreate at home.

7 Old Galvanized Bucket Planter Ideas

When Cindy from over at County Road 407 asked me to join her today to share galvanized bucket ideas along with 7 other bloggers, I couldn’t wait to put together these 7 arrangements for you.

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

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

How could this possibly be?

Old Galvanized 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 I came up with these 7 fun ways to create planters out of old galvanized buckets for summer flower arrangements around the home.

Super simple and easy! I hope you enjoy them.

1. Galvanized Bucket 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 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 BOUNTIFUL BOUQUETS OF LILACS here.

7 Old Galvanized Bucket Planter Ideas

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You may also enjoy this Very Vintage Weekend with Peonies in a wired basket.

2. A Bucket Full of Sunflowers and Ferns

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

Sunflowers and Bucket

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

Sunflower Centerpiece

A perfect and simple bouquet for this old galvanized bucket.

You may also enjoy this VINTAGE HAUL FOR THE PORCH, where I found this adorable lemonade set.

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

3. An Old Red Chippy Bucket with Geraniums

Yes, please!

Red Bucket, Red Flowers

And to think I had forgotten all about this red 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.


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


4. Patriotic Bucket Centerpiece

You may enjoy seeing this bucket of greens on our Breakfast Patriotic Alfresco Table as the centerpiece with 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 dishwares.

Red Bucket Centerpiece

5. Bucket of Wildflowers

It is easy to create flower bouquets with galvanized buckets, fill them with water, and plop them right in.

From rustic sunflowers to beautiful wildflowers like these.


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Bucket of Flowers

6. Red Galvanized Bucket of Wildflowers

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

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

Bucket of Flowers

7. Coffee Table Hydrangeas Centerpiece

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

7 Old Galvanized Bucket Planter Ideas

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.

And today, it now serves as a craft and blogging space.

7 Old Galvanized Bucket Planter Ideas

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, who 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.