Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How to Make a Strawberry Pot from a Kitty Litter Bucket

If you've been a follower of my blog for any length of time, you know that I love a good Kitty Litter Bucket upcycle!  Who remembers my Kitty Litter Bucket Garden Helper?

Well today, I have a new one...a strawberry pot.  

And, of course, I had to add a little hint (grow babies, grow!).  Yes, there's a tutorial for carving rocks, too:

So, how did I make my strawberry pot you ask.  Well, of course I made a video tutorial for it but here are the instructions:

1.  Using a Hole Saw,make holes in the sides of your kitty litter bucket.  In a smaller Tidy Cats litter bucket I can comfortably fit 3 holes in the narrow side and four on the wider side.  In the larger bucket I like 4 and 5 holes.

2.  Prepare and paint the outside surface of the litter bucket.

3.  Fit a piece of landscapers fabric (or old window screen) to the inside of your bucket and make an X-shaped opening in the fabric everywhere you drilled a hole.

4.  Fill the bottom of your bucket with a nutrient rich soil/compost mixture to the first row of holes and then insert a strawberry plant into each opening.

5.  Add more soil to the second row and add more plants, then to the third row...

6.  Add a few plants to the top of your bucket and place in a sunny location.

7.  Enjoy your strawberries!

So tell me, how do you reuse your kitty litter buckets?


  1. I am SO GLAD to have found someone else who loves kitty litter bucket upcycles! Yours are really great. I love that for the strawberry pots, the plastic wont' dry out as fast as terra cotta that they are typically made of!

    I thought i'd share my kitty litter bucket with you. Great minds! ;)

    1. Oh my gosh, I love yours! I'm totally going to try it, but I'm using the smaller buckets so I can have the lid. It'll make great storage for all my balls of T-shirt Yarn while keeping the kitties out of it. :) Thanks for sharing.

  2. I want to switch cat littler just to make these clever containers!

  3. Very clever! Love the garden bucket too. Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a lovely weekend! ~Deborah

  4. Hi Tricia, just saw you on Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday. Love your idea for the litter buckets! Think our patio may see a few strawberry planters on it this year! Have a great day!

    Val @

  5. What a cute idea. Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop!

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  6. Hi! You published this 4 years ago, I hope you'll still answer my question... I saw similar projects online, and they all have a watering pipe in the middle. I see you don't have one. Do you simply water from the top, and enough trickles to keep the thirst away for the bottom plants?


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