How to Make Painted Pail Stockings

Give your holiday decorations a playful twist by swapping out traditional fabric Christmas stockings for metal pails painted with fun, bright colors.
Christmas Stocking Pails With Candy Canes & Decorative Balls

Christmas Stocking Pails With Candy Canes & Decorative Balls

Give your holiday decorations a playful twist by swapping out traditional Christmas stockings for metal pails painted with fun, bright colors. Who said stockings had to be made of fabric anyway?

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Materials Needed:

  • galvanized pails
  • spray primer
  • painter's tape
  • newspapers
  • chalk
  • acrylic craft paint in assorted colors
  • 1" artist brush
  • 1.0 liner brush
  • paper plate or paint palette

Tape Off Areas Not to Be Painted

Use painter's tape to cover top, bottom and handle of pail. Place newsprint inside pail to protect interior from overspray.

Tape Off Areas That Will Not Be Painted

Tape Off Areas That Will Not Be Painted

Use painter's tape to cover top, bottom and handle of pail. Place newsprint inside pail to protect interior from overspray.

Prime, Then Paint Pails

Spray primer onto pails and allow to dry. Apply acrylic paint with one-inch brush to each pail (Image 1). Use long horizontal strokes to reduce brush marks. Apply second and third coats, if necessary, allowing ample dry time between coats. Tip: Cover paint palette with plastic wrap between coats to prevent leftover paint from drying out (Image 2).

Customize Pails

Once basecoat is fully dry, decorate pails with polka dots, monograms and other painted designs (Image 1). Use chalk to lightly sketch patterns before painting (Image 2). Tip: Allow kids to decorate their own pails with paint, stickers and ribbons (Image 3). Line pails with tissue paper before filling with treats and gifts.

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