Upcycled Washtub Planter


Upcycled Washtub Planter


Upcycled Washtub Planter
Upcycled Washtub Planter

Reuse an old washtub to make the front of your home look rustic and inviting. You can use the tub all year long to decorate for each of the four seasons. In the spring and summer, turn it into a Upcycled Washtub Planter to give your flowers a nice place to grow.
All you need is an old metal tub, a little chalkboard paint, and some painter's tape. Take a weekend to give your washtub a makeover, and you can display it all summer long. 

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteWeekend project

MaterialsNature Material, Paint, Recycled Materials

Primary TechniqueGardening


Project TypeMake a Project

Why You'll Love This Trash to Treasure Craft

1. Environmentally-Friendly: Upcycling an old washtub into a planter helps reduce waste and gives new life to an item that would otherwise end up in a landfill. By choosing to upcycle, you are contributing to a more sustainable way of living.

2. Unique and Charming Decor: The rustic look of a washtub planter adds a unique and charming touch to any outdoor space. Whether you place it on your porch, patio, or in your garden, it's sure to be a conversation starter among your friends and neighbors.

3. Customizable: You can get creative with your upcycled washtub planter by painting it in your favorite colors, adding decorative accents, or even personalizing it with your own design. The possibilities are endless, allowing you to make it truly one-of-a-kind.

4. Budget-Friendly: Instead of spending money on a brand new planter, upcycling a washtub is a cost-effective alternative. With just a few supplies, you can transform an old item into a beautiful piece of decor for your outdoor space.

5. Fun DIY Project: Making an upcycled washtub planter is a fun and rewarding DIY project that can be enjoyed by crafters of all skill levels. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced crafter, this project is a great way to unleash your creativity and add a personal touch to your outdoor decor. Plus, the satisfaction of creating something beautiful from something old and forgotten is truly priceless.

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My great grandma had an old washtub that she filled with moss rose. Granddad set it on an old stump outside the back door and I was fascinate with it. I don't know how easy it is to find real old washtubs any more but I suspect you can buy them somewhere. I'd like to do this because it reminds me of them.

This is so cute with the petunias in the vintage metal tub. Add your marigolds in the months of September, October, and November- and change the message accordingly. Pumpkin patch, Fall Colors. I say you could even pop a mini evergreen in there and add holiday floral pics or real pinecones and greenery in there for Christmastime!

This is a nice way to display some flowers around your yard and I like that you can put what it is on the side of the washtub . A fairly easy project by painting the tub with chalk paint and put in dirt and you are ready to go. The washtubs are a bit expensive so I would check yard sales, thrift stores or maybe even flea markets and if you see on cheap grab it. Can you use this to plant vegetables or will it get to hot? I would love to use these in places my dirt is too hard to use space I could not use before. Super great dea.

I don't think it would get too hot for most vegetables, but I would keep them away from the sides of the tub, just in case. You're right washtubs are expensive to buy new! I think it depends on where you are whether they are hard to find used. This project is cool, though.


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