How to Decorate Flower Buckets and Pots


Galvanized buckets and terra cotta flower pots are wonderful containers for flowers and other decor items in the home and garden. They can be purchased brand new or refurbished and found at secondhand stores and garden swap centers. While they serve a purpose, they lack style and substance. Embellish and decorate flower buckets and pots to match your decor or use as a special occasion piece for parties and entertaining---both indoors and out.

Step 1

Clean your pots and buckets. Empty completely and remove soil and plant debris. Rinse under warm water. Use a washcloth to wipe away stains and scrub away moss and mold. Allow to dry completely.

Step 2

Lay a newspaper down to prevent staining the table or workspace. Starting with a pot, choose a color scheme and paint with acrylic paint. Paint a light layer and allow to dry. Because the terra cotta is absorbent, you may need to apply additional coats. For the galvanized bucket, avoid painting the entire bucket---add paint in patterns for a simple look.

Step 3

Add decoupage elements to the base of the bucket or pot if desired. Cut out scrapbooking papers or tissue paper for a mosaic pattern. Apply the decoupage glue to the back of the paper and apply. Finish with a clear coat of glue.

Step 4

Incorporate embellishments into the color scheme. Add flat-sided jewels and faux gems to the rim or base of the containers. Use colors that accent the room or garden area you will be using.

Step 5

Complete the project by adding ribbons, buttons and additional painted patterns such as checks, circles or stars. Use a metallic pen to write the name of your favorite herbs or plants or a garden verse around the pot or bucket. Allow to dry completely. Add soil and plants, gifts or other items.

Things You'll Need

  • Wet washcloth
  • Galvanized metal bucket
  • Terra cotta pot
  • Newspaper or work space
  • Acrylic paint
  • Stencils or foam stamps
  • Decoupage glue
  • Foam brush and paintbrush
  • Hot glue gun
  • Embellishments of your choice such as tissue paper, scrapbooking papers, flat-sided jewels, buttons, sequins, glass gems, fabric scraps and pieces.
  • Metallic markers
  • Scissors


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