Shabby Chic Burlap and Twine Planter

7 Materials
15 Minutes
This shabby chic burlap planter idea is a wonderful (and frugal) addition to any front porch or patio. It is simple, extremely inexpensive and absolutely adorable! Using burlap, twine and an old bucket, you can make a farmhouse-feel planter in under 15 minutes!
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Make sure your buckets are larger than your plant that you are potting. New buckets are not necessary as long as they are clean and free of any chemicals that may be harmful to your plant.
*Be sure to follow any specific repotting suggestions per your plant's instruction tag*
Drill holes into the bottom of your buckets for proper drainage.
No drill? No problem!
A hammer and a large nail could also be used here!
Wrap your burlap around your bucket and cut it to size. Because one bucket that I was using was blue (and burlap is a bit see through), I folded my burlap in half to cover the color. Tuck in any additional burlap up and over into the bucket.
I was a tad overzealous with the soil and began adding it a bit too soon. It is best to add the soil AFTER you have wrapped and tucked your burlap fabric around your bucket.
Wrap your twine along the top of your bucket a few times. There's really no wrong way to do this. Once it has the thickness and width you like, cut your twine and tie a bow (it's really that simple!)
Finally, add your potting soil and your plant!
I chose to add a bit of Spanish Moss as well to keep the soil moist and clean.
These planters are just too perfect! They are so easy. Anyone can do them and they are extremely versatile in decor!

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  • Katen Katen on Apr 10, 2019

    Wondering, I have made burlap wreaths for outside and they sun fade (didn’t see that coming). What if you put a finish on burlap to lessen sun damage? Wondering if you actually coat burlap with plaster or lightweight cement (could add dye also) and drape as shown in pix. My thought would be lasting all summer and may be another year or two. Weight could make base for Halloween thru Christmas decorations. Just thinking

  • Chery Andrews Chery Andrews on Apr 11, 2019

    I need to know if that bucket and burlap idea would work for a small rose bush

  • Pam Pam on Apr 17, 2019

    What type of plant did you use.


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  • Coco Coco on Jun 03, 2021

    Looks great. I'm guessing this is a boxwood shrub that is slow growing, but wondering how these would do over a seasonal transition of temperatures. Hoping you could do an update on how well the shrub did over winter. I have a very wide wooden staircase going to our front that several of these planters would look amazing on. Thanks so much for sharing

  • Cathy Cathy on Jul 04, 2021

    Love it!