Project

Beach Bucket Centerpieces

Turn kids' metal beach buckets into custom centerpieces by painting them in the wedding colors.

Beach Bucket Centerpieces

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, 1998

materials

  • Kids' metal beach buckets

  • Sandpaper

  • Primer

  • Water-based enamel paint

  • Masking tape

  • Number stencils

  • Pencil

  • Small trees with soil, or flowers

steps

  1. Sand and prime each bucket, then coat with water-based enamel; let dry overnight.

  2. For stripes, tape off a pattern, paint exposed areas in a contrasting color, and remove the tape while the paint is still wet.

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  3. For a table number, tape on a stencil (available at art-supply stores), use a pencil to outline the number, then remove the stencil, and paint.

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  4. Use pails as planters for small trees with hydrangea petals scattered over the soil, or as vases for flowers, such as these dahlias.

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