Adding plants to your front entry space can help to create a warm and inviting porch. But when you have a small porch, like I do, space is often limited so creating these vertical planters out of galvanized tubs is a great way to add stylish planter shelves to a small space.

Difficulty moderate


Kreg Tools

Other Tools

  • Miter Saw
    Miter Saw
  • Tape Measure
    Tape Measure
  • Cut Off Tool
    Cut Off Tool
  • Drill (cordless)
    Drill (cordless)
  • Hammer
  • Impact Driver
    Impact Driver
  • Rivet Tool
    Rivet Tool
  • Sanding Wheel
    Sanding Wheel


Wood Products

  • 1 Board , 1x4 , 96"

Hardware & Supplies

  • 1 24" Galvanized Tub
  • 8 1 1/4" Kreg Jig Screws
  • 4 3/4" L Brackets
  • 4 3/16" Rivets
  • 4 3/4" Wood Screws

Cut List & Parts

  • 2 Wood Boards , 14.5" long
  • 2 Wood Boards, cut with 10 degree inward angle , 16.75"


  • Mark the Tub

    *These plans are to build (1) galvanized tub vertical planter.*

    We used painters tape to mark where we wanted to cut our galvanized tub. We chose to cut it along a indentation in the tub, but were careful to make sure that it was wide enough to accommodate our wood.

  • Cut the Tub

    We used a hand-held cut off tool with a metal cutting blade and cut our tub where we marked it off. We wore leather gloves and protective gear while doing this.

  • Sand the Edges of the Tub

    We used a circular sanding wheel attached to an electric drill to sand the edges of the tub where it was cut.

  • Cut Wood

    We cut our wood using a compound miter saw. We cut 2 lengths of wood to 16.75" with both ends cut at a 10 degree inward angle. This was to match the inside taper of the tub.

    The other 2 lengths of wood were cut to a 14.5" length with no angle.

  • Drill Pocket Holes

    We used a Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes into both ends of the 14.5" length pieces of wood.

  • Join Wood Pieces

    Once our pocket holes were done, we used Kreg Screws, the Kreg drill bit and a drill to join the wood pieces together. A right angle clamp was really helpful when we did this.

  • Attach L Bracket

    On four corners of our wood box, we attached L brackets using a drill and screws.

  • Bend L Brackets

    We then bent our L brackets to fit the inside angle of our tub using a hammer.

  • Drill L Bracket Hole

    We used a drill to make the holes in the L brackets a bit larger to accommodate the rivet.

  • Mark Rivet Holes

    We placed the wood box into the tub and marked where the rivet holes would need to be drilled with a permanent marker.

  • Drill Rivet Holes

    We removed the box from our tub and drilled holes where we marked for our rivets.

  • Place Rivet

    We inserted the rivet into our pre-drilled hole and into the L brackets on the wood shelf.

  • Rivet Shelf to Tub

    Then we used a hand rivet tool to secure the tub to the L bracket.

  • Hang Vertical Planter

    We used special vinyl siding hooks to attach our vertical planters to our patio wall.

  • Pot Plants

    We then picked plants that we thought would be nice to go on the planters. We picked out some beautiful succulents and a cactus and potted them. But flowers or herbs would also be really lovely.

  • Add Plants to Shelf

    Then we placed our potted plants onto our shelf and we were ready to enjoy our newly updated porch decor!