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Project

Beach Bucket Centerpieces

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

Materials

  • Kids' metal beach buckets
  • Sandpaper
  • Primer
  • Water-based enamel paint
  • Masking tape
  • Number stencils
  • Pencil
  • Small trees with soil, or flowers

Steps

  1. Step 1

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

  2. Step 2

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

  3. Step 3

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    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.

  4. Step 4

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

Source
Martha Stewart Weddings, 1998

Reviews (8)

  • gris471 2 Aug, 2010

    ikea has metal buckets that will work

  • gammapatty 17 May, 2009

    These buckets are available at,where else... Michaels.

  • JennSchwendeman 14 May, 2009

    I am having a beach wedding and am looking for metal buckets. These are exactly what I was looking for and will complete the beach theme. Where did you get these? Can you suggest a retailer?

  • JennSchwendeman 14 May, 2009

    I am having a beach wedding and am looking for metal buckets. These are exactly what I was looking for and will complete the beach theme. Where did you get these? Can you suggest a retailer?

  • kdawga81 13 Jan, 2009

    Just got a reply from the nice folks at Martha Stewart. They said, 'The plant is myrtle, which has been trained into a topiary.'

  • kdawga81 12 Jan, 2009

    Did anyone figure out how to make the topiary? I would also love a how-to :)

  • irlandaca 13 Aug, 2008

    I would LOOOOOOVE a how to on the topiary, which type of plants t use, how to cut it, soil, etc,
    Thanks!!

  • jenndodge 17 Jul, 2008

    What is the tree in the bucket above? I would love to find one for my home...
    thank you,
    Jenn