Create a decorative planter with leftover tile and a bucket

Spruce up your stoop with a cheap DIY flower container.

The long winter likely took its toll on your home’s curb appeal. Now’s the time to spruce up your front porch: sweep the stairs, hang a seasonal wreath, get a new door mat and plant a few pansies.

But the quickest way to dampen your spring fever might be to check out the price tags at a garden store. Sticker shock got me thinking of ways to cut costs and get a little creative when it came to containing the plants on my stoop.

I’m not a DIY maven, so I had to purchase most of my supplies. Still, I kept the cost to around $6 per container. If you have leftover tile and some old buckets around the house, you can complete this project for even less.

Shopping list

Before grouting the tiled bucket

2.5-gallon plastic bucket
Tile*
Adhesive and sanded grout**
Drill
Rubber grout float
Sponge
Disposable gloves
Newspaper to cover your work area

* I purchased enough 1-inch by 1-inch tiles for two containers from Re-Source York’s Ninth Avenue location for $5. The pin that inspired this project used fun mosaic tiles, but they ran around $10 per square foot at the big box home improvement stores. Feel free to use whatever you have left over from your latest kitchen or bathroom remodel.

** I purchased a two-in-one product for $3 at Re-Source York. Whatever you use, make sure it’s compatible with plastic and the great outdoors

Directions

After grouting the tiled bucket

1. Use pliers to remove the handle from your bucket
2. Drill holes in the bottom of the bucket for drainage
3. Spread a thin layer of the adhesive and grout mixture onto the bucket
4. Attach your tiles
5. Let dry for at least 24 hours
6. Spread grout over the tile to fill in any gaps
7. Wipe any excess grout off the tiles with a damp sponge before it dries
8. Let dry for at least 24 hours
9. When dry, fill the bucket with potting soil and flowers of your choice

April Trotter

Editor of Smart. NEPA transplant. Penn State and Shippensburg grad. Kickball and craft beer enthusiast. Collector of cardigans. "Bennie and the Jets" fanatic. Contact me at atrotter@ydr.com, at "Smart magazine" on Facebook, @SmartMagPA on Twitter or by phone at 717-771-2030.

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