2 hacks to create easy outdoor planters that are so cute!

I had to get a little creative this year on my front porch, because sometimes that is just what you have to do when you want a space to look cute! I’m using navy, blues, yellow and white (with a splash of lemon) for Spring and Summer and I needed a few new things to complete this look!

Here are 2 easy hacks to create cute outdoor planters that you could easily do at your own home! Sometimes you have to get creative to get the look!

2 hacks to create easy outdoor planters for your flowers that will make a big impact!

When I saw these little yellow gingham buckets at Kirkland’s, I knew they had to be mine! I had a vision of them on the front porch to hold some flowers. Only problem…they weren’t for flowers! No problem at all though really!2 hacks to create easy outdoor planters, little buckets

I had a couple of ideas and I’ll share them both with you.

  1. I had thought about buying some inexpensive little plastic pots to put down into the gingham buckets. If I did that, I knew each time I had to water them I would need to pull the plastic pot out to do so. It wasn’t my preference, but it would have worked.
  2. My other thought involved my handy dandy husband! I can usually get him on board with things very quickly. So, I showed him my buckets and asked him if he could drill some holes in the bottom for drainage for me. Away he went to the garage and there we had it! A bucket with some holes for drainage. Yay!!2 hacks to create easy outdoor planters, drilling holes in bucket2 hacks to create easy outdoor planters, holes drilled in buckets

Look how CUTE these look! Now, I have no idea how they will hold up. But, my porch is covered so I’m hoping they do just fine and at least last me a season if not more!2 hacks to create easy outdoor planters, bucket with holes drilled in the bottom for drainage

Next up…I’ve had these urns for years that I usually plant ferns in. I had my husband pressure wash them to try and clean them up, but they had honestly seen their better days! I didn’t want to just toss them though. So, I did what I do best. I slapped some paint on them!2 hacks to create easy outdoor planters, urn that was dirty and dingy before pic

I used my go to favorite paint for furniture and lots of projects…Blackberry House Paint. This is the same paint I used on my back door, so I know it stands up to the outdoors (it is made for indoor and outdoor projects)! The color I used is called Sunday Suit, which is kind of a brighter shad of navy.

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One pretty thick coat is all it took because I kind of liked the crackled look of some of the original pot coming through.2 hacks to create easy outdoor planters, painting an urn

What a difference it made!2 hacks to create easy outdoor planters, painted urn with blackberry house paint

I hope these 2 easy hacks for creating cute outdoor planters helped spark an idea in you! The main thing is to think outside the box. It would have cost me a lot more to go out and try and find some navy planters, and I’m so glad I used what I already had!

Here’s another little pot that I painted in the same color for the back deck! Haven’t used this one in years, but now I LOVE it! Don’t forget the code wilshire at checkout to get 10% off when you get yourself some paint! 2 hacks to create easy outdoor planters, pot painted navy for a new look!

How will you be doing your Spring and Summer porch this year?! I would love to hear the colors you are using. I will be sharing my FULL porch reveal soon!

Until next time…




  1. jean

    What a great paint job!!!! I love the blue and yellow and can hardly wait to see what you have done for us with your front porch. I have some planters made out of the light-weight material you can carry but I just forgot what it’s called. My brain is not working!!!!! I guess I can paint them so I won’t have to buy something new. they are in good shape; just need painting. You see lemons everywhere this spring and summer. Are your cushions on the settee (on the back deck) able to withstand rain or do you have to bring them in when the weather gets bad? The blue is so pretty. Looking forward to seeing what you have done.

    • Stacey Collins

      We leave them out unless we think to remember to bring them in. They are outdoor cushions, so hold up pretty well. And thanks for the sweet words!

  2. Pamela Collins

    Beautiful! Love the ideas!❤

    • Stacey Collins

      Thanks!! 🙂

  3. Joy lafary

    What kind of paint did you use on your flower pots?

    • Stacey Collins

      Blackberry House. It’s linked in the post!

  4. Caraleigh

    What a GREAT idea Stacey!! You’re truly a mater crafter!! I’m totally going to paint my planters this weekend!!!!

    • Stacey Collins

      aww, thanks friend! You totally should!