A DIY way to add a touch of vintage charm to your fall porch is to assemble mum planters in olive buckets . Includes photos and instructions, and it’s so easy!
There’s a lot going on today, and I have to admit it’s all put a spring in my step! I love being busy because it makes the days much more enjoyable, and I tend to actually get more done. Seems when I have time on my hands, I just sit around and waste it. Anyway, I’m here with the second installment of our 2015 fall front porch. I already shared my DIY fall grapevine wreath. Today I’m here with these vintage olive buckets filled with mums.
*This post was originally published in 2015. It’s still a wonderful fall planter idea, so it’s been updated with bigger and brighter images, more detailed information, and current source links. Enjoy!
About the Olive Buckets
Vintage olive buckets can be hard to find. If you live in a large city, they can be found at antique stores, flea markets, and craft fairs. An easy way to obtain them is to do some savvy online shopping. I found my two olive buckets on eBay. I had to pay a hefty amount of shipping, but the day they arrived was so fun! Vintage olive buckets can also be found on Etsy. Unlike the vintage variety, olive bucket reproductions are much easier to find. For an outside planter, reproductions would be perfect. Olive buckets range from 16 inches to 20 inches tall. Mine are about 18 inches tall. My olive buckets do not match, and one is slightly taller than the other. But to me, they are wonderful.
Olive Bucket Sources
- vintage olive buckets on eBay
- vintage olive buckets on Etsy
- reproduction olive bucket 1
- reproduction olive bucket 2
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How to Assemble the Mum Planters
Supplies needed for two buckets:
- olive buckets (or other similar container)
- pots for inside the olive bucket
- grapevine wreaths
- bunches of berries or dried bittersweet
- 2 large mums in a pot
- Place any sort of pot inside the olive bucket upside down. I used 8 inch terra cotta pots that I had in the garage. Plastic pots can also be used. These will act a risers to lift the mums over the edge of the olive buckets.
- Place a grapevine wreath just inside the rim of each olive bucket. I totally lucked out with the size of the wreaths that I had on hand. I used 15 inch wreaths, and they fit perfectly inside the tops of the olive buckets. It would be fine for the wreath to sit on top of your container too. It doesn’t have to fit inside. The size of the wreaths depends on the opening of the olive buckets.
- Place your potted mum inside the middle of the wreath, and set it on the upside down pot inside the olive bucket. Place your greenery and berry bunches into the grapevine wreath. You may have to cut the stems apart with wire cutters.
- Stand back and enjoy your beautiful mum planters!
You don’t have to own olive buckets to use this method. It would work with any sort of large pot or planter. I think it would look amazing with terra cotta pots because they are the perfect fall color, and they are very budget-friendly.
- Our front door color.
- The blue doormat is no longer available. This floral doormat is very cute and the same colors, and this geometric doormat would work beautifully too.
- Our mailbox and our address plaque.
- See the rest of our fall front porch.