Upcycled Vintage-Inspired Halloween Bucket

3 Materials
2 Hours

I’ve always admired vintage Halloween decor, but it is so pricey. This piece only cost me a few dollars!

I used a thrift store globe and a this Tesa Eco Repair Tape from Sugru.com. If you have seen my other projects, you know I love Sugru, which is home to a number of clever products, tools, and kits that are focused on something near and dear to my heart - fixing things, upcycling, and wasting less!

I took the globe apart and cut the top off.

Then I primed it.

Oops! Next, I saw that the layers were separating. No worries— I used the tape to hold it together and reinforce the edge.

The great thing about this ecoLogo Tesa tape (and the entire line of ecoLogo products at Sugru.com) is that it have been produced with recycled materials, bio-based resources and do not use solvents or bleaching agents for the adhesive.

Plus, it sticks REALLY good!

After taping, I cut out the face with a utility knife.

I then added tape to the back side, over the areas I had cut out.

Here’s what that looked like from the front:

I then added a second layer of tape on the front side, to cover the sticky areas.

It ended up looking like this (you don’t have to make it perfect):

Next, I sprayed it with another coat of primer. I then stirred a few tablespoons of baking soda into some white acrylic paint. This makes the paint thick and adds texture (play with it to get the consistency you like).

I painted the face white.

And did the same with orange paint, for the body.

After that, I added details.

I always like to distress my pieces, so I roughed it up with a bit of sandpaper.

I then watered down brown paint, and brushed it on to give an aged look. The trick is to work in small areas, brushing the mixture on quickly, and wiping off immediately with a damp rag.

Next, I glued the wood base from the globe to the bottom.

I got glued some ribbon on, to make a little “collar”.

Then I drilled holes, and added a wire handle.

All done!

This was so fun. Please share a pic and tag me on social media if you make one. I’d love to see one done as a cat!

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Suggested materials:

  • Globe   (Tesa tape (order online))
  • Paint   (Hot glue)
  • Old wire

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  • Ella Koby Ella Koby on Oct 24, 2021

    ......IDK, but I would not destroy vintage globe on a Pumpkin, that can be bought in dollar store and painted over the same way....since you have talent to do décor.

    • @JagCagDesign @JagCagDesign on Oct 24, 2021

      Yeah it’s hard sometimes! But I have 7 vintage globes. So this was the best option for me. You could definitely try other objects, that’s a great idea!

  • Em Em on Oct 25, 2021

    So many people collect globes. Thinking a balloon and paper mache would do the trick.