Carol Becker
Carol Becker
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  • San Jose, CA

Halloween Pumpkin Candy Bucket Makeover

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3 Hours

Last year my girls were really cool and loved the traditional orange pumpkin candy buckets. This year they got a tad girly and requested that the pumpkins be modified to reflect their more princess-y tastes. So, we set to work!
Starting basic, then used Country Chic paint to cover the orange. Here are my kids as they work.
My oldest did a great job painting the inside and outsides
I did some helping for my three year old, when she got bored, but the blue one was entirely done by my 4 year old.
Next, I found some really cheap tiaras. I originally bought them at the dollar store and my kids had snapped them and broken little bits off. So I spray painted them gold.
Next, he buckets were dry so we added some drawings about how we planed to paint them:
Then, picked out our pallets and painted them! My 3 year old was bored so I did hers and my 4 year old did hers by herself.
We had some serious fun painting these. These are the post painting pics:
Next! Hot glue! I glued on some old gold beads from a broken necklace. they are supposed to be wheels
Andthe gold tiaras are hot glued to the top of the buckets
We took out the plastic handles and replaced them with colored ribbons. We measured the ribbons to match each kiddo's height/preferences. we were proud of turning these basic boring pumpkins into something special: Cinderella's pumpkin coach!!!
She's ready to go trick or treating! Here's the closeup!
So, what do you think? My girls love them and are really excited for Halloween. Maybe yours can be too! Let me know in the comments if you did anything cool with candy buckets in the past!

Suggested materials:

  • Candy buckets, paints, tiaras, gold beads, glue

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  • Loraine Montferret
    on Sep 23, 2017

    Where did you get the plastic pumpkins? They are not available anywhere around here in southern NJ.
    • Tami Stone
      on Sep 23, 2017

      Dollar Tree always has them. Also Walmart, Target & most any craft stores
    • 19698379
      on Sep 23, 2017

      Grocery stores and Walgreens frequently have them in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Check thrift stores, too.
    • Carol Becker
      on Sep 23, 2017

      Yeah, I think they were from a Walgreens.
    • Sabrena Patterson
      on Sep 23, 2017

      Dollar trees also have them. Lordy they are literally everywhere in the south usually by the schools supplies.
    • Paperdoll
      on Sep 24, 2017

      Also try the Goodwill. The store close to my house had a huge bin full of them......for 59 cents each, and they were like new.

    • Elizabeth M. Smith
      on Sep 24, 2017

      We have them in pretty much every store about six week before Halloween

    • Loraine Montferret
      on Sep 25, 2017

      Dollar Tree and other dollar stores only have orange buckets, not pumpkin head pails. Walmart says that they have them online but they really don't, they cancelled my pickup order. If anyone in NJ has actually seen them at a store, PLEASE let me know?
    • Jackie
      on Oct 16, 2017

      Walmart in mayslanding nj had them 3 days ago right as u walk in front doirs
    • Loraine Montferret
      on Oct 16, 2017

      Yep, everyone has them now, I guess I was just looking too early in the season!

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