How to Make a Cute Farmhouse Pulley & Hanging Bucket Planter

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Today, I am going to show you how I made a DIY farmhouse pulley and hanging bucket planter for my porch. It isn’t quite warm enough here in Michigan for real flowers to be out on my porch, so I wanted to come up with something to fill the space.

I also had this old pulley which I knew I wanted to use for a repurpose of some sort.

Materials for the DIY pulley and bucket planter

Here is what I used: an old pulley, pail, watering can, and rope from the dollar store.

1. Cut the rope to length

I doubled the rope around the pulley and figured out what length I wanted.

Cutting the rope to length

After I had the length figured out, I cut the rope to that length and used some hot glue to keep the rope in place.

Attaching the rope to the pulley

2. Attach the rope

I cut one side of the rope shorter so the pieces wouldn’t hang even. You want one side shorter than the other. Then I double-tied the rope around the handles of the watering can and pail.

Adding floral foam to the pail

3. Add the floral foam & foliage

I added some floral foam into the pail to hold the foliage in. Put it in real tight so if the winds come up it will keep the greenery or flowers inside the pail.

Cutting the faux foliage into individual pieces

I cut my foliage into individual pieces to be able to place in the pail and I always find it stays in the containers better this way.

How to make a pulley & bucket planter

How to make a pulley & bucket planter

I love how this farmhouse pulley and hanging bucket planter turned out! Now I can have a plant on my porch even if it frosts at night. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

DIY hanging bucket planter

Click here to see how I made a pallet storage area.

And if you're wondering how our animals are doing at Curly Willow Acres click here.

Next week hopefully I will be sharing how my new raised bed area is coming along. I am using repurposed items for that too.

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  • Libbie Libbie on Jun 01, 2022

    How did you attach the pulley to the ceiling?

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  • Debbie Debbie on Sep 29, 2022

    A great idea and very pretty! Thanks for the idea! Personally, I would put the watering can in the higher position and then have fairy lights going down to the bucket of foliage. Just an idea! Thanks for your inspiration!

  • Wendy Dailey Johnson Wendy Dailey Johnson on Apr 28, 2023

    I love your idea but put the can above the plants so it looks like it's watering it!! Also maybe add solar fairy lights coming out of the spout!

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