DIY Galvanized Planters

Now is the time when snow is melting, temperatures are rising, and the garden looks disastrous!
Soon enough your back yard is going to be filled with food, friends, family and picture after picture to remember each event! So, why not create a lively, attractive outdoor space with the simple addition of galvanized steel planters? By resurfacing existing containers, or building your own, you’ll get this designer look at a fraction of the cost!
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Where to start?

Galvanized steel sheet is affordable, durable, and comes in all shapes and sizes. It works as a sleek, minimalist, modern aesthetic, or a more rustic and classic one. The minimalist style is often easier to emulate. But if you have the tools and know how, rustic is easy to achieve!

Starting at less than three dollars for a 12″ x 12″ sheet, it is possible to create unique designs that would cost hundreds to purchase from a retailer.  We’ve found inspiring galvanized steel planters at a number of places ranging from stores like from Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, and Home Depot, to websites like Pinterest.

We also stumble across this really cool blog all about metal planters. It’s mostly geared towards Cor-Ten weathering steel instead of galvanized steel, but you can use either interchangeably for the sake of these projects.

Do note that if you think that your planters will be exposed to sitting water, putting some sort of plastic lining on the inside is a good idea. If exposed to constant water, the galvanized steel starts to “bleed” rust. If it is sitting in grass or soil that doesn’t matter so much, but it it’s on tile, it may stain that.

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Case in point

For simple instructions on creating a raised gardening bed from a variety of sheet metal materials, check out this article or this one if you have some welding skills.

We also like this video on how to build wooden and corrugated galvanized steel planters. It requires a some tools but no welding. It’s pretty straightforward and you don’t need corrugated sheets, flat ones work just as well and we personally like more as they are easier to work with.

If you give any of these a try, send us a photo of your project. We love to see what our community is up to! You can reach us on our website, Facebook, twitter, and Instagram!