How to Easily Make Galvanized Buckets Filled With Mini Pumpkins

by Lauraleedaydreams
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I came across two small galvanized buckets. I had a few mini pumpkins and some really pretty fall napkins. So I decided to marry all these items together!

Let’s get started…

White paint for the DIY project

1. Paint the buckets white

I started by painting each bucket white.

Painting the buckets white

It took two coats to make them nice. I painted it white just so everything else I put on will be vibrant without the silver peeking through.

Fall items for the project

2. Decoupage the buckets

I painted the larger bucket a very pretty shade of chalk paint green. I plan to decoupage both buckets using the napkins. But on the larger bucket, I’m only going to use a portion of the napkin leaving the green showing.

Napkins for decoupage

I decided to cut around the different pumpkins on this particular napkin. I mixed and matched them so they would make a nice-looking border on the bottom of the bucket.

Napkin decoupage

Using a napkin decoupage I started adding the pumpkins piece by piece. Napkin decoupage is a bit more watery than mod podge. You can use mod podge but if it’s too thick just water it down a little bit. It will help the napkins from tearing.

Smoothing out the design with plastic wrap

3. Smooth out the design

I use plastic wrap to smooth out the napkins without tearing them. This will help to minimize the wrinkles.

Smoothing out the wrinkles

I’ll put a little bit of plastic wrap around my finger to smooth out those stubborn wrinkles. Just be careful not to tear the napkin. I usually press down without too much back-and-forth motion.

Gap in the design

4. Fill the gaps & seal

I cut all the pumpkins to have straight edge pieces on the bottom. Here you can see a little gap between the two pumpkins.

Adding leaves to the gap

I fill the gap with a little piece of green leaves from the napkin. I really enjoyed working on this. After everything dried I covered the entire project with Polycrylic. This will seal in not only the napkins but also the chalk paint. Let it dry completely before moving on.

Dry brushing with white paint

5. Dry brush with white paint

Now I want to use a little bit of white paint to dry brush the next step. I used an old chippy brush. First, I load the paintbrush with a little bit of paint and then offloaded it onto a paper plate to make it very dry.

I want just a hint of white brush strokes to give the piece dimension. I went over both the napkins and the green chalk paint.

Adding white paint onto the buckets

Oh no! It went on too thick in this one spot.

Wiping off excess with a damp paper towel

So I just use a very slightly damp paper towel to quickly wipe it off. This is possible because I laid down the polyacrylic sealer first. Chalk paint can be reactivated with moisture. The sealer protects that from happening.

Rustic paint and decoupage design

See how much better that one spot looks now?

Sealed design

6. Seal

And here is how it looks. Just need to give it another coat of polycrylic.

Filling the buckets with raffia and fall leaves

7. Fill the buckets

I laid a bed of raffia on the bottom and added fall leaves. I hot-glued the leaves onto the raffia to keep them in place.

Filling the buckets with fall items

I think it looks really nice but I want to see more raffia poking out.

Wrapping different colored raffia

So I wrapped three different colors of raffia around my hand and then cut one end. I took the U-shaped raffia and hot glued them here and there.

How to style the buckets

Doesn’t it look nice!

Filled bucket before the pumpkins

Here is a good look at it before I added the pumpkins.

Decoupaging the little bucket

Let’s not forget the other little bucket. I used a different napkin with pumpkins and sunflowers to decoupage the entire bucket.

Adding raffia and fall leaves

I added raffia and fall leaves just like the other bucket.

Beaded twigs

And this one I also added a little bit of beaded twigs. I didn’t like how the white paint looked on the rim so I painted it with a matching brown.

Pumpkin bucket decor

Now it’s time to add the pumpkins and look at the finished piece.

DIY bucket with a pumpkin

Since this smaller bucket had holes on the side I added some pretty ribbon too.

DIY pumpkin buckets

DIY pumpkin buckets

I hope you liked this project. I’m sure you could use any size bucket and pumpkins to come up with a similar display that would look so pretty in your home. Enjoy!

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