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How To Make A Decorated Flower Pot From A Cat Litter Bucket; Instructions and Photos

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I Garden In Containers

If you have read any of my previous articles, you will know that I garden mostly in containers. The soil where I live is not very fertile. The lot where I decided to move and restore my old house was covered at one time with pine trees. I enjoy growing plants in pots because I can move the plants around in my yard to create different scenes. I like to use plants on stairs and I hang containers from trees that are filled with red Impatiens.

Hanging Baskets From The Tree

Drainage Holes Are Drilled Into The Bottom Of The Tidy Cat™ Bucket

Problems With Container Gardening

There are a couple of problems with container gardening: one is the plant will soon outgrow the pot and will have to be moved to a larger pot. So now you need another pot to hold the larger plant, and that also means buying more potting soil, and that gets pretty expensive after a while. I have probably spent a small fortune on potting soil. My Mother who taught me all I know about gardening would “turn over in her grave” if she knew I actually bought soil! Well, she lived in parts of the United States where the soil was rich. All you had to do was go out into the woods and fill your bucket with nice, rich fertile soil. That is not the case here in South Florida.

Container gardening is a little more challenging than just growing plants directly into the yard. The container will dry out quickly if there has been no rain. Be prepared to water your plants often. Your plants will need to be fertilized more often, too. Also, be sure and drill drainage holes in the bottom of the container is you are using a bucket like the kitty litter comes in. This is easily done using a drill (either cordless or electric), and a large drill bit. Make several holes in the bottom.

My Dracaena Marginata To Be Repotted

Choose The Proper Potting Soil

Choose a potting soil that is not heavy. If you have heavy soil, use some perlite or vermiculite to make the soil lighter. Packing peanuts work really well, too. Moving the plants around will be difficult if you use heavy soil. Some people use wooden platforms on wheels to move their plants around. I manage without those, although I can see where they would come in handy. I have grown tomato plants in containers, and all kinds of herbs. Lettuce, eggplant, carrots and cabbage do very well in containers.

I had a cutting of Dracaena Marginata that a friend gave me. I like this plant very much and had hoped it would root and “take off” like most of my plants perform. The cutting did take root, and I was thrilled about that, but then it reached a point where it just stopped! It didn’t die, but it didn’t grow either. It finally dawned on me that it was root bound. I was sure it needed a larger pot so that its roots could stretch out and grow.

The Tidy Cat™ Bucket Ready To Be Transformed Into A Flower Pot

I Will Transform A Tidy Cat™ Bucket Into A Flower Pot

I looked all around for a large pot so I could transplant this Dracaena. I didn’t have one, and I didn’t want to make a trip to the store. A friend of mine who has cats gave me three of her empty Tidy Cat™ litter buckets that she didn’t want. I always need buckets to use around the house so I took them off her hands, and they have just been stacked up waiting for me to use. These buckets have a tight fitting lid so they come in handy to hold bird seed, dog food, and lot of other uses. The make nice mop buckets, too. The handle is very sturdy so you can carry the bucket filled with water and not have to worry about the handle breaking off.

I began to see one of the litter buckets transformed into a container for my Dracaena. I cleaned out the bucket. I attempted to remove the label, but that was impossible. I scraped and scraped, but it wouldn’t come off. So, I decided to paint over the label and hope for the best. The next big job was to cut off the handle. The handle was made NOT to be removed. I cut it as close to the bucket as I possibly could. I used my electric drill to make several holes in the bottom of the bucket for drainage.

The Krylon™ Spray Paint I Used

I Used Krylon™ Paint Made For Plastic

I used a special spray paint made for plastics to paint the bucket. I have used this paint on plastic porch tables before, and the paint holds up very well. It did take two coats of paint to completely cover the label on the bucket. I’m never satisfied with projects until I do a little something extra on them. I wanted to paint a sunflower on the side of the bucket. I did that using acrylic paint. After allowing the paint to dry overnight, I was ready to fill the bucket with potting soil and transplant the Dracaena Marginata. I couldn’t wait to see how this was going to look!

The Painted Tidy Cats™ Bucket

The Acrylic Paints I Will Use To Decorate The Tidy Cat™Litter Bucket

Starting The Sunflower Design On The Kitty Litter Bucket

The Sunflower Design Is Completed

The Finished Flower Pot Made From The Kitty Litter Bucket

The Dracaena Marginata Has Been Transplanted

The Dracaena Marginata Has Been Transplanted

I Will Use Tidy Cats™ Recyled Buckets For Flower Pots

Using empty Tidy Cats™ buckets has opened a whole new world for me. I don’t think I’ll be buying expensive pots from the store anymore. There will be fewer of these empty buckets thrown into landfills, too. I will feel good about that.

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Johnb724 on April 29, 2014:

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Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 09, 2013:

Hi, Denise Handlon. I'm happy you like my yellow sunflower! I use that frequently as you can see on the photo showing a hose handler I made. The design of a sunflower is very simple and easy to do.

I like using cat litter buckets around the yard for plants; trying to recycle in any way I can.

Hope you have a wonderful day, Mary

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on August 08, 2013:

What an AWESOME hub, Mary. I loved that bright yellow sunflower you painted against that blue container! The information here was very useful, like the type of paint to use on plastic...I had no idea! Thanks! UP/A and shared.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 30, 2013:

Good Morning, tillsontitan. Thanks for coming back to share. I do appreciate that. I'm happy HP put the share button back on!

Mary Craig from New York on May 30, 2013:

Well, it seems the forum discussion has persuaded the powers that be and the share button is back, so, I returned to share!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 29, 2013:

Well, thanks tillsontitan! Yes, my plants grow very nice in their kitty litter bucket. Maybe you have friends or neighbors who will save their buckets for you.

Thanks so much for the votes. I know the share button is gone. We have a discussion going on now in the Forums to please bring it back! Mary

Mary Craig from New York on May 29, 2013:

You are absolutely ingenious! Really, what a clever idea and to top it off you provide the best instructions and photos. I bet your container garden is spectacular. Now I want to find someone with a cat and get a litter bucket ;)

Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting, and pinned (there was no share button).

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 28, 2013:

Hi Sharkye11. I'm so happy you like the idea of turning a cat litter bucket into a plant container. Yes, that Krylon paint is SO good for painting plastic. I like your idea of turning the old high chair into a holder for plants. You should write a Hub about that and shows us how you did it....

Thanks so much for the votes , the share and the Pin, Mary

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on May 28, 2013:

Love this! It makes such a cheerful planter! I am in heaven now that they have the Krylon for plastic. It really opens up new possibilities in home and yard décor. Before then, I used regular paint and had to redo it every year. I used some last year to spray paint a plastic highchair that someone gave me. Now that my daughter doesn't need the chair, it is going to be a plant stand outside. And now that I have read this....I am thinking about all those plastic buckets my husband has collected....hmmm, he won't miss a few. And he won't even recognize them when he sees them again! Great hub, and I will definitely vote, share and pin!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 11, 2013:

Hi, Vellur. Thanks for reading for the nice compliment on my cat litter bucket.

Thanks for the vote, too.

Have a wonderful day, Mary

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 11, 2013:

Beautiful and creative, great idea. The painted tidy cat bucket idea is awesome and beautifully done. Voted up.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 10, 2013:

Hi, midget38. Yes, I do try to recyle any and all things possible. Whenever I find a plastic bucket in someone's recycle bin, I take it home and find a good use for it. These cat litter buckets can be reused for many things

So good to see you today, Mary

Michelle Liew from Singapore on March 10, 2013:

Coming in again to say that the environment is better protected when we reuse things in this way, and it is great for us to look at too. Thanks for sharing!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on February 14, 2013:

Hi Riviera Rose. Thanks for reading and commenting on my flower pot I made from a cat litter bucket. I see these buckets thrown away often and just think it is such a waste when they can be recyled.

The Dracena I planted in this one is growing very well.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Riviera Rose from South of France on February 14, 2013:

You're a talented and creative lady - I love your new pot! I'm sure your plant will thrive in it, and wish you both well!!!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 13, 2012:

Hi, Daisy Mariposa. You just made my day with your nice compliment. I do enjoy painting in different medias. The Sunflower is so simple to paint, I thought a lot of people could try their hand at this.

I am happy you loved my project, Mary

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on November 12, 2012:

Mary,

I'm certified to teach art in Kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Your project definitely deserves an A+. It's terrific! I love it!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 14, 2012:

Hi, Natashalh. Too bad you don't know someone with a cat that you could get a litter buckets from. Actually, any bucket will do. I've used old paint buckets (the 5 gallon ones) that were being thrown away.

So glad you dropped by to read and comment on my Hub. Mary

Natasha from Hawaii on October 14, 2012:

This is my kind of project! I just don't have cats to save litter buckets from. I'm sure I could find something to apply the idea to, though.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on October 14, 2012:

Hi, HBN, I'm so glad you liked my Hub on making a flower pot from a kitty litter bucket. I thank you for your nice compliment on my work on this Hub.

Like you, I enjoy having plants in containers. I used to buy pots, but I seldom do anymore. I just "dumpster dive". With proper drainage, almost anything can be used to grow plants.

Thanks for the votes, and the share. I appreciate that, Mary

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on October 14, 2012:

Wow! The transformation from kitty liter bucket to gardening container was dramatic and the end result was a beautiful work of art!

I love the step by step directions, potting tips and also the professional lay-out of this hub.

I do some container gardening because I like splashes of great color. I place the containers near the front of my house and on my deck, so they're easy to water, but I've never recycled other containers as you've done here. After reading this wonderful hub, and Suziehq's about recycling containers, I'll keep my eyes open for opportunities to give it a try.

Voted up across the board except for funny and shared.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on October 14, 2012:

Hi Mary,

What a fabulous idea of converting a cat litter bucket! I love your sunflower design, you are a really talented lady Mary! Sunflowers are one of my favourite flowers and seeing your bucket reminded me so much of my mum who was an artist and loved painting flowers in particular.

Great info and photos here, will link in with my own hubs on containers!

VU, more and shared, pinned!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on September 21, 2012:

Hi, Peggy W Yes, I really try to recyle as much as possible. I use these kitty litter buckets for lots of jobs around the house and yard, and now I'm glad I use them for flower pots.

Thanks for reading and commenting, Peggy. Mary

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 21, 2012:

Hi Mary,

It is always a good thing to reuse and recycle as much as possible and with your artistic talents you are probably inspiring other people to do similar things with their cat litter buckets. Good job!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 30, 2012:

Hi there, Sunshine625. I'm so happy you think my idea of turning a cat litter bucket into a flower pot is awesome! Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on June 30, 2012:

What an awesome idea!! Clever indeed!!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 31, 2012:

Hi, Mhatter99, thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub. Were you surprised to read the content of the Hub after reading the title? I'm glad you stopped by, and I'm happy to be following you!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on May 31, 2012:

your title got me, but honestly, i need to thank you

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 18, 2012:

Good Evening, stars439. Thanks for reading my Hub about making a flower pot from a kitty litter bucket. Yes, you should try growing some vegetables this way. Tomatoes do very well among many other things. Thanks for stopping by, it's always good to see you!

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on May 18, 2012:

Wonderful ideas. I am tempted to grow some begetables. God Bless You Dear Heart.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 18, 2012:

Hi there, trapp. Thanks so much for reading and commenting on my Hub about making a flower pot out of a kitty litter bucket. I'm so glad you thought my idea clever. I do like to recycle things. The sunflower is so easy to paint (on anything). It's one of my favorite flowers because it is bright and sunny! Bye for now....

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on May 18, 2012:

Mary - This is such a clever idea; recycling at its finest. And I love your sunflower art. It is so cheery and colorful.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 18, 2012:

Hi dawnrichard. Nice to see you here today! I'm glad you like the way my plants look hanging from the tree, and thank you for the nice compliment on my garden. I do enjoy the flowers, and I'm glad you enjoyed reading about them.

Dawnrichard on May 18, 2012:

Hello @Mary Hyatt. Your images from hanging baskets from the tree looks nice and i will say you have a beautiful garden too. You have shared such a nice info among us and i enjoyed a lot. Thanks for sharing.

Dawnrichard

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 17, 2012:

Hi oceansnsunset. So nice to see you! Thanks for reading my Hub on making a flower pot from a kitty litter bucket. These buckets are so great for all kinds of purposes. I have another one filled with Milkweed that the caterpillars are all over. There are so many things we can make to contain our plants, just takes a little imagination. So glad you liked my Hub!

Paula from The Midwest, USA on May 17, 2012:

Hi Mary, I love your flower pot transformed from a kitty litter bucket, wow! I think its wonderful and loved your photos. I too am a container gardener and love to grow all kinds of things but especially herbs and flowers that butterflies love.

I need to get out in my garden here soon again before the summer gets too hot, as I love my pots. I never thought of this though, and I appreciate your ideas that can be used with other things also I am sure. I don't have a cat, but I can see how great, (and green!) this can be. Love it, Mary.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 16, 2012:

Hey Angelo52. I'm glad you are already using these sturdy buckets. Aren't they great??? I almost put some pebbles in the botton, but since I used light potting soil I didn't. Yes, that plastic paint covers really covers well, but I do wish I could get the label off! Thanks for the vote. Bye...

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 16, 2012:

Hi deenahere. Nice to see you here today! Thanks for the nice compliment. I'm glad you found this Hub to be useful.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 16, 2012:

Hi there Hyphenbird. I'm so glad you already use these kitty litter buckets for things around the house. They have the best fitting lids I've ever seen! I'm so glad I inspired you to use these in many ways.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 16, 2012:

Hi rebeccamealey, Yes, I'd like to see fewer of these types of plastic in our landfills. Maybe folks will make an effort to recycle them! Have a great day.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 16, 2012:

Hey coffeegginmyrtice. Thank you for the nice compliment on my Hub. I appreciate your kind words, and thanks for the votes, too!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 16, 2012:

Hi, Becky Katz. So nice to see you today. I thank you for reading and commenting on my Hub about using kitty litter buckets for plants. I use them so much. I have one for my little dog's food, and I painted a miniature schnauzer's picture on it for her. Bye for now.....

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 16, 2012:

Hi davenmidtown. You made my day by your nice comment on how to use a kitty litter bucket for plants! I'm so glad you appreciated my work on this. I love to do these kinds of projects. I get a lot of self satisfaction! Bye for now....

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 16, 2012:

Hi Artie, aren't these kitty litty buckets great? We can do out part by not allowing these to go to the landfill, too. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my article.

Angelo52 on May 16, 2012:

Great idea. I've used them, on and off, over the years. Never thought of painting them. Just used them as they were but did drill holes and added a layer of pebbles at the bottom. voted up +

Deena from India on May 16, 2012:

Really useful idea..

Thanks for sharing.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on May 16, 2012:

Mary, you are so creative. You have combined an environmental project into a gardening one. This is a wonderful idea. I am appalled that these containers are just thrown away after one use. I make my own laundry detergent and use leftover containers. I have never thought to make one pretty though. I could make them lovely, fill them with detergent and give it for Christmas, housewarming, and other gifts. You have inspired me girl!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on May 16, 2012:

That is really pretty Mary, and a great idea for recycling. People who see this can adapt it to other containers!

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on May 15, 2012:

It came out so pretty in blue, the colour of the sky! You got all the patience to apply your skill into a practical work, turning them to become useful and beautifully decorative as well. Nice hub, Mary! Great for sharing! Voted up!!

P.S. Your garden is beautiful!

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on May 15, 2012:

Found something else to use a kitty litter bucket for. My neighbor gave me several and I fixed them up with my grandkids names on them for them to bring their toys over when they come. My oldest grandson filled his up with toy soldiers and jeeps and tanks. I also painted a picture on each one. Something that each child loves. Going to see if I can get more to put their things in to organize their toys a little.

David Stillwell from Sacramento, California on May 15, 2012:

Hello Mary! What a brilliant hub. Not only is the topic spot on, but you have written the hub in such a way as to inspire everyone to want to try this project. There are many elements to your hub that I found near and dear. First, it is a great example of putting Reduced, Reuse, and Recycle into motion. Second, It is low cost. Third... is by now your standard of excellence in both writing and display and those my friend are trademarks that we should all learn from. dmt!!!

Sondra from Neverland on May 15, 2012:

This is a neat idea! I have these buckets all over the place and I use them for trash cans in the basement and for buckets to wash the car. Now I have one more use to add to the list :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 15, 2012:

Hi prairieprincess, thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub on making a flower pot from a kitty litter bucket. There are so many uses for these buckets. They are strong and have a tight fitting lid, too. I had to take the lid off to do this project, though. Thanks for the votes and the share...I appreciate that so much!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 15, 2012:

dbuddhika, good evening! You are too kind with your nice compliment and I do appreciate the votes. Thanks for reading my Hub on making a flower pot from a kitty litter bucket. Yes, that's one bucket less for the landfill. Goodnight.

Sharilee Swaity from Canada on May 15, 2012:

This is such a gorgeous container. I love how you transformed a boring old kitty litter container into such a beautiful object. I have many kitty litter boxes and I am now inspired to do something similar. Wonderful hub. Voted up and sharing!

dbuddhika on May 15, 2012:

Wonderful, useful, beautiful and creative..

Great way to recycle, I love your flower painting

Voted up

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 15, 2012:

H, Angela Blair. So glad you read my Hub on using a kitty litter bucket for planting container gardens. I hope you'll try my idea. Thanks for the vote, I appreciate that. I enjoy container gardening a lot. Bet you will, too. Bye for now.

Angela Blair from Central Texas on May 15, 2012:

Super Hub and definitely answers for my dilemma -- bad, old Texas soil. Container gardening here I come -- and thank you Mary615. Voted up. Best/Sis

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 15, 2012:

Hi drbj, boy, you are just out of luck in this department. Oh well, you make up for your lack of gardening skills with your other talents. Thanks for reading and commenting, though! Don't forget, now.....

drbj and sherry from south Florida on May 15, 2012:

What a clever idea, mary. I don't have a cat litter bucket and I don't have a cat. In fact, I don't have a garden either. But if I ever do, and buy a cat, too, I will follow these instructions faithfully. Promise!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 15, 2012:

Hi randomcreative. I'm so glad you like my Hub on using kitty litter buckets for plants. I'd be happy to have you link this Hub to yours. As creative as you are, you could probably think of many other uses for these buckets. They are so strong and durable, it's a shame that people throw them out.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 15, 2012:

Good morning, moonlake. So nice to see you today! Yes, these are wonderful buckets, and so strong too. They make great pots for plants. Thanks for the vote, I appreciate that. Hope your day is great for you.

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on May 14, 2012:

Great idea! Thanks for all of the detailed instructions and photos. I'm going to link this in my repurposed garden planters hub.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 14, 2012:

Hi there, teaches12345. It's always good to see you. I'm so glad you like my idea of making flower pots from kitty litter buckets. They really are handy to use for all sorts of things. I don't think I'll be buying any more plastic flower pots. Thanks for reading, goodnight.

moonlake from America on May 14, 2012:

What a good idea. I always wondered what could be done with those buckets. Their such strong buckets. Voted Up.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 14, 2012:

Hi Joyce , I'm so glad you like my idea of making flower pots from kitty litter buckets. They sure are cheap, and we can keep all that plastic from going into landfills. Thanks for the votes. Goodnight.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 14, 2012:

Hi cloverleaffarm, it's so nice to see you! Thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about making a flower pot from a kitty litter bucket. Wow, with all those cats, you could do a lot of flower pots! Goodnight.

Dianna Mendez on May 14, 2012:

What a great idea for recycling these tubs. When I had my cat, I would use them as water buckets and organizing items in the garage, etc. Thanks for sharing.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on May 14, 2012:

Mary, this is such a great hub for your hubber friends to learn.

I'm going to forward this to my sister because has a balcony with container potted plants.

Voted across the top except for funny, Joyce.

Healing Herbalist from The Hamlet of Effingham on May 14, 2012:

Great idea. We have saved several of these...having 7 cats we have MANY...We have used them around the farm for various things, but never thought of this. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 14, 2012:

Hi SweetiePie, thanks for reading my Hub on turning a kitty litter bucket into a container for plants. I'm glad you like my sunflower design. I seem to use the sunflower a lot because I love the flower: makes me feel sunny and bright!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 14, 2012:

Hi BeckyKatz, yes it's amazing how many uses there could be for these plastic containers. You sound very creative to decorate a container for clothespins! Isn't it fun to paint on things like this??

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 14, 2012:

Hi tammyswallow. Thanks for reading my Hub on turning a kitty litter bucket into a pot for plants. I'm so glad you liked it. These buckets have so many uses, it's a shame to throw them into the landfill. Bye for now...

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on May 14, 2012:

Great tutorial and a great way to recycle! I love your flower painting on the kitty litter bucket turned into a flower pot.

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on May 14, 2012:

Hi Mary, wonderful hub and I love your repurposing idea. I use an emptied plastic detergent bottle to hold clothespins. I cut a hole out of the upper side to stick my hand in to get the pins. I also cut a slot in the lower part of the handle to slide over the clothesline. I did manage to scrape the label off (what do they use to secure those things?), and painted some small flowers on it. I have had so many compliments over it.

Tammy from North Carolina on May 14, 2012:

That is beautiful and creative! It would be a great way to store dry pet food. Great hub!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 14, 2012:

Hi there, Lord, thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my Hub about turning a cat litter bucket into a flower pot. These buckets could be used for many different projects around the house. BTW, thanks for sharing this, Lord. See you again,soon, I hope!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 14, 2012:

Hi RTalloni, thanks for reading my Hub about turning a kitty litter bucket into a container for plants. I'm glad you like the sunflower I painted on it, too!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 14, 2012:

Hi Lady Guinevere, thanks for reading and commenting on my Hub about turning a kitty litter bucket into a pot for plants, and thanks for allowing me to link to your great Hub about using these buckets for gardening. Yes, that paint usually covers in one coat, but it took two coats on this bucket to cover the label. They do not want that label removed! Bye for now.....

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 14, 2012:

Hi alipuckett, I'm glad you think my idea is clever. I'm glad I learned how to do this. Give it a try yourself!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 14, 2012:

Hi Lucky Cats. Thanks for reading my Hub on turning a kitty litter bucket into a pot for plants. I'm so glad you think that is a good idea!

Joseph De Cross from New York on May 14, 2012:

Wonderful and useful. Love that sunflowere design Mary. This doesn't require too much time from us, and everything is handy. Nice to know that you keep your house full of decorations and creative art. Thanks for sharing Mary!

LORD

RTalloni on May 14, 2012:

Reusing containers like your bucket is very cool, and your painted sunflower is even cooler. :)

Debra Allen from West By God on May 14, 2012:

Thank you for telling us how to paint them!! I didn't paint mine because I didn't know what paint I could use and that would stick to plastic.

alipuckett on May 14, 2012:

Oh my gosh! This is so clever!

Kathy from The beautiful Napa Valley, California on May 14, 2012:

Good idea!