Pink Polka Dot Easter Bucket

Try a new twist on a traditional Easter basket this year. A metal pail, spray paint and round stickers are all you need to create this cute pink polka dot Easter bucket for your little princess.
Painted Easter Bucket

Painted Easter Bucket

Photo by: H. Camille Smith

H. Camille Smith

Materials and Tools:

metal paint pail (available at craft or hardware stores)
white spray primer (specifically for metal)
pink spray paint
large and small round stickers (available in craft and scrapbooking stores)
fine-detail paintbrush
green shredded paper
green grosgrain ribbon
wide pink wired ribbon
scissors
candy and small toys to fill bucket

Steps:

1. Spray pail, inside and out, with white primer. To avoid drips, several thin coats are best. Note: Make sure to get a solid, even coat of white as this layer will later be visible as the dots. Allow primer to thoroughly dry — overnight is ideal.

2. Place large and small stickers on pail, making sure to place a few so they overlap the edge of the bucket. Press firmly on the edges of each sticker to prevent paint bleeding under. Tip: This part is a bit tricky; don't "burnish" the stickers into place as they will need to be removed in a later step.

3. Spray pail with pink paint, being careful not to overspray and create drips. Applying multiple thin coats is best. Allow paint to thoroughly dry.

4. Carefully remove the stickers. If pink paint has bled under the stickers, spray a bit of primer onto a disposable surface and touch up the white dots with a fine-detail paintbrush.

5. To create the ribbon roses, cut pink wired ribbon into 12" to 18" lengths (the more ribbon, the larger the rose). On one edge of the ribbon, pull a small bit of wire free from both ends, hold wire in your hand and tightly gather the ribbon's fabric toward the center. This creates a ruffled effect and the ribbon begins to curl. Continue gathering the fabric along the wire until you've reached the end of the ribbon. Then tightly coil the ribbon into a spiral rose shape and twist the two wire ends together.

6. Tie green grosgrain ribbon onto handle then wire on ribbon roses. Wrap more green ribbon around handle to disguise wire ends and fill bucket with green shredded paper and Easter treats.

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