Garden-Party DIY: The Perfect Pail for Planting

By Mary Wassner |

It’s officially Spring! So, let’s celebrate with this garden-party inspired DIY pail and basket craft.

Finally, we can ditch the ski boots for rain boots, because we all know that April showers really do bring May flowers!

What better way to get into the spring spirit than with these “oh-so pretty” planter pails and flower baskets. You’ll have so much fun decorating these multi-functional tins with the kids this season.

So, let’s get started!

What you’ll need:

  1. Medium Size Buckets or Basket
  2. Kid Safe Glue
  3. Tempera Paint
  4. Paint Brushes
  5. Ribbon
  6. Beaded Wire
  7. Artificial Flowers
  8. Wooly Pom Poms
  9. Hot Glue Gun (for heavier pieces)

For planting:

  1. Kid friendly shovel
  2. Organic potting soil
  3. Flower Seed

I always use kid-friendly products, like Crayola paint and Elmer’s glue, because I know they are easier to clean up afterwards. It makes letting the kids make a mess and get dirty so much easier on me.  Plus, it gives them the freedom to have fun creating their own designs.

Together, we used the hot glue gun to adhere heavier decorations. My older kids, ages 6 and 8, loved using it with my supervision. Even my son got in on the action making an adorable blue striped pail and then he helped make one for his little brother, using the grey and yellow pompoms, how sweet is that?!

My daughter loved mixing the paint colors to form her most perfect shade of pretty petal pink. She designed a polka-dot pail using the pompoms in an array of striking pink shades and, of course, she had to add her final touch, a pretty pink flower blossom. Don’t you just love seeing what they’ll make?!

So, let your imagination run wild too! I mean, there are endless ways to decorate. See what you can create! I was inspired by the garden party idea with one of my favorite spring flowers, the hydrangea. Here, I’ve created a spring-time bouquet basket in shades of crisp white, while using artificial flowers and white ribbon to add texture. Perfect for collecting Easter eggs or filling with candy.

After we were done decorating, we decided we wanted to turn our pails into planters to keep with the garden-party theme. I picked up a bag of top soil and a bag of wild flower seeds. Not knowing what will bloom is so fun and exciting. It reminds me of being in the country and stopping along the side of the road to pick the most gorgeous mix of fragrant flowers. When choosing your seeds, remember to look for easy-bloom flowers that can grow indoors. I always have the best luck with sunflower seeds. Plant a few seeds a fingertip deep in the soil and your odds of getting a bloom are pretty good.

In my household, functionality is key. Not to mention, we don’t have much space and I hate clutter. That’s why I just love this craft. These can be used almost anywhere. Another great idea is to try using them on a desk as a pen and pencil holders. Or, use them for collecting loose change. My daughter asked to use hers for her hair bands and bows when we were done. How smart!

Additionally, a great cost-saving idea is to use things you already have around the house. We recently purchased this giant bag of jellybeans that my kids had to have at the grocery store the other day. Later to find out they hate jelly beans. Luckily, I was able to re-purpose them as decorations. Together, my son and daughter had the best time laying out all the colored candies into a rainbow pattern. The results are super sweet!

Happy crafting! For more fun DIY Craft ideas for you and the kids, head over to my blog

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are our own.


  1. 1.

    Great idea! Can’t wait to try it.

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    LOVE these! So much fun!

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    Lauren Rieckhoff

    Such a fun craft for spring ! I love this!

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    Moira Gibney

    Such a great idea!!!

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    Beyond adorable!!! I especially love how your kids personalities shown through in their pail designs!!! I cannot wait to try this with my boys!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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    Laura Campbell

    What fabulous ideas! I’m a teacher and I’m “stealing” these ideas for Mother’s Day gifts. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Julie H.

    Such a fabulous idea! As a New Yorker myself, I love the idea of functionality so that part of this DIY project really resonated with me. I’m always looking for creative, fun, engaging, and educational activities for my girls so this is a perfect project to try with them soon! Especially since the weather is getting nicer by the day. Thank you for sharing this idea. And what ADORABLE pictures! Your kids are absolutely precious! I can tell how much they loved this project – and I’m sure they just loved spending this quality time with you and each other. Cheers!

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