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How To Build Faux Galvanized Planters – A Budget-Friendly DIY Project

Do you love the look of vintage galvanized planters? Old galvanized planters are a great way to add rustic charm to your home. However, they can be expensive to buy. If you’re on a budget, don’t worry! You can easily make your own faux galvanized planters with this DIY Planters Tutorial.

Because I get so many questions about my Christmas Tree Container, I decided to see if I could build something similar. The container is a European Antique and very hard to find.

This is how to build faux galvanized DIY planters that are similar to the European antique. These are smaller versions that can be used as planters on your porch.

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Materials for Galvanized Planters

You can get two complete planters from one piece of 4 x 8 plywood.


How To Design and Build DIY Planters

To design the DIY planters, you should measure the area you plan to use them. Because I will use the planters on my front porch, they need to be 30″ tall, 14 inches wide at the top, and 9 inches wide at the bottom.

How To Add Design To The Plywood

Begin by drawing your design onto the plywood using a tape measure and a good marker.

First, determine the height and mark the board. Then measure the width at the top and draw a straight line to the width at the bottom.

If you draw the design alternating the wide and short width across the board, you can easily get two full planters from one sheet of plywood.

You will have eight sides if you are making two planters.

Draw the design on plywood sheets to cut the designs from plywood to make DIY Planters

Cut Each Side

If you are making your planters based on my specification, you will need to cut 18 inches of the unmarked side of the plywood. This will leave the pattern drawn on the plywood for a 30″ planter.

Some home supply stores will make this cut for you within the store. Be sure you know what height you desire before asking them to cut the plywood.

Draw the design on plywood sheets to cut the designs from plywood to make DIY Planters

Next, using a circular saw, cut the planter sections along the drawn pattern.

Use a skill saw to cut the designs from plywood to make DIY Planters

You will have 8 identical pieces of plywood once all pieces are cut.

Cut plywood into pieces for DIY planters

How To Assemble The DIY Planters

Begin by adding a bead of wood glue along one edge of the planter plywood. Holding the two corners together, use the finishing nails to attach the edges.

Build DiY Planters from plywood attaching sides with wood glue.

Continue to add the sides together in the same manner as above until you have a box that is larger at the top than at the bottom.

Build DiY Planters from plywood using wood glue.

For this project, I choose to allow the front and back sides to overlap the two side pieces. Therefore, the front and back side of the planter is slightly more narrow than the side pieces once assembled.

If you prefer to have a square planter, you can alternate the pieces.

Build DiY Planters from plywood.

How To Add DIY Planter Trim Pieces

Next, using a miter box or miter saw, cut the wood trim pieces to be added to the top of the galvanized planters.

Cut trim pieces with miter box.

Using wood glue and small finishing nails, apply the trim pieces along the top edge of the planters.

Add trim piece to DIY Faux Galvanized Planters.

Add Metal Straps to Galvanized Planters (optional)

Because I wanted to copy the large galvanized container, I added a metal strap around the side of the planters. This is an optional step, however, it adds to the authentic style of the DIY planters.

Determine where you want to add the strap and bend the strap around each corner.

Use finishing nails to attach the straps to the planters.

Add metal band around the wood to make authentic looking containers.

Add A Bottom To DIY Planters

The final step is to attach a bottom to the planters. Cut a piece of plywood the exact size of the bottom. Use wood glue and attach it with finishing nails as you did when attaching the side pieces.

Add bottom to DIY Planters

Now you are ready to paint your DIY galvanized planters.

Plywood planter with metal band around the middle.

How To Add Rustic Galvanized Planters Faux Finish

Now it’s time to make these wooden DIY planters look like rusty, crusty galvanized containers.

I used a combination of all these paints to achieve the look I wanted.

Paint supplies used to create a faux galvanized finish.

Begin by spray painting the entire planter with Antique Pewter. I used two coats.

Next, use brown spray paint to darken the metal band and around the edges of the planter.

Then add old white chalk paint randomly around the planters to make the galvanized areas look old.

Finally, add the rust using a combination of the 3 craft paints.

This process should be random and not the same all over the planters.

You can see a video here as I painted the planters.

Video of DiY planters

These planters are designed for use under a protective cover, such as a porch or indoors. You can use a protective sealer in a mat finish if you choose.

Once finished, you are ready to add to your decor.

DIY Faux Galvanized Planters that look like European Antique Grape Hod.

The planters look great for year-round porch decorating.

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Wendy McMonigle

Monday 12th of June 2023

You are so creative Rachel! such a good hack on those expensive containers.


Tuesday 13th of June 2023

Wendy, Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you like them


Thursday 29th of September 2022

Outstanding, gorgeous and absolutely fabulous. I gotta have two of these. Thanks for sharing


Friday 30th of September 2022

Ivory, I really appreciate this. Can't wait to see yours.


Tuesday 4th of January 2022

I love the container!! Great job and you did an awesome job of laying out the details of this beautiful and festive project!!


Thursday 6th of January 2022

Michelle, I's so glad you liked this idea. Thanks for your encouragement.


Tuesday 7th of December 2021

Rachel - I'm not meaning to rain on your parade, but Home Depot has a container which looks like this. All it needs is the art treatment and it will look great. It won't leak unless you drill holes in the bottom.


Wednesday 8th of December 2021

Oh, Diana, That's great. I also thought about purchasing containers that had this shape, however they were so expensive. Making these two out of wood was so much more cost effective.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Saturday 20th of November 2021

Your creativity never ceases to amaze me, Rachel. Love this so much.


Sunday 21st of November 2021

Kim, Thanks so much for your encouragement.