The Rocky Bucket


Basic ingredients for a rock covered bucket: strong (not flimsy!) metal can or bucket that holds its shape when moved (I chose; 2 sheets 12” x 12” river rock mesh tile; thin set mortar; grout (sanded or nonsanded); putty knife, large sponge.

In the event that you need to make it a grower, punch some holes in the bottom with a hammer and a thick nail first for drainage. First applying a thick layer of slight set mortar then cutting the cross section tile with a container cutter and layering the tile on the outside of the bucket.



I thought that it was helped to flip around the pail utilizing the top edge as the base to hold the mesh tile to the container and permit the slim set mortar to dry. You have to work in segments, blending little measures of thin set at once and permitting each one segment to dry for 60 minutes, then permitting all the thin set to dry for a full day.

I was a bit suspicious from the beginning, however then delightfully amazed exactly how well the slender set and mesh river rock stones clung to the strong metal bucket once the thin set was dry. I’m not convinced this idea would work with thin set if using individual pebbles or small river rocks – in that circumstance I’d choose an epoxy adhesive instead of thin set.  And if you use a flimsy container, the project just won’t work – it definitely needs to be a bucket that holds its shape or you risk cracking mortar and grout.



The following night I stirred up some grout, included it with a putty blade, then evacuated overabundance with a wipe.











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