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It is spring, so it is time to create fun DIY planters for the yard, garden, patio, and garden.

We moved into a new house, and I thought DIY planters would be an easy way to add a splash of color to our outdoor spaces.

In these earlier posts, you can find more information about gardening, container gardening, how to start a flower garden, hanging flower baskets, and raised bed gardening.

Red, white, and blue DIY planter filled with flowers on a post

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How to Make Planters

I have been collecting galvanized containers to use as planters, so I finally started decorating them to create my junk garden.

So let’s get crafting!

DIY Planters Supplies

  • Galvanized container
  • 220 sandpaper
  • Cloth
  • Drill with drill bits
  • Impact driver and tip
  • One screw 2.5″
  • Wood dowel or pole
  • Old sawblade
  • Paintbrushes
  • Paints
  • Paint sealer
  • Rocks
  • Weed block, burlap, or coffee filters
  • Potting mix
  • Flowers and greenery
  • Garden trowel

Preparing the DIY Planters

Before painting my container, I sanded the outside surface with 220 sandpaper.

Next, I wiped it down with a clean cloth.

Then I measured the bottom of the container to find the center then. Finally, I drilled a hole in the center to attach a fastener later.

I also drilled five drain holes about 1 inch in the bottom from the edge.

Galvanized container with holes drilled in the bottom

Decorating the DIY Planter

The design options are endless. However, I wanted to create a patriotic-themed garden, so I painted a flag-inspired design.

Painting blue stars on the container
Painting white stars on the container

After the paint dried, I spray-painted the container with sealer (this is the one I used).

Praying sealer on the container

Mount the DIY Planter

The container’s bottom needed some support, so I placed an old saw blade under the container and then attached it to the wooden dowel with a 2.5″ screw through the inside bottom of the planter, the saw blade, and then into the dowel.

Old saw blade in the grass
Placing the saw blade under the container and then on the wooden dowel

Fill the DIY Planter

For better drainage, I placed small rocks at the container’s bottom.

Pouring rocks into the container

Next, I placed landscape fabric over the rocks to keep the potting mix from draining out the holes.

Container with rocks covered by landscape fabric

Then I filled the DIY flower planter about half full with potting mix.

filling the diy planter with garden mix

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flower planter filled with flowers

Caring for Planters

Since planters do not have a large soil volume, they can dry out quickly. Therefore you will need to check for moisture daily by testing them with your finger placed about one inch down in the soil.

Once you have established when your planter dries out, you can water it when needed.

watering the filled planter

Now it is time to make more DIY planters.

Painted container filled with flowers in the yard

See you soon,


Ps. This post was shared on Between Naps on The Porch.

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Saturday 27th of May 2023

nice idea. just love your blog Blob Opera


Wednesday 24th of May 2023

I really like the patriotic planter.


Wednesday 24th of May 2023

Love this planter Kippi, and the way you attached it to the stake was ingenious! What a great idea, I need to remember to spray on a sealer. I didn't and my paint faded on a project, thank you for the tips!


Tuesday 23rd of May 2023

I like that you elevated the planter. Makes it more versatile; like to line a walkway or peeking out amongst shrubs. Pinned!


Monday 22nd of May 2023

This is such a great idea and it's so cute!!

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