When I was up in the loft recently digging out our autumn decorations (and having a loving glance at my Christmas decorations .. all in good time .. 😉 ) I came across these old Halloween treat buckets from our kids. Now, unfortunately at 19 and 21 their “trick or treat” days are well and truly behind them. So these were on the loft looking very sorry for themselves and gathering dust. Do you find it difficult to get rid of some items from when your kids were little? I definitely do .. Guilty as charged! So I decided to give these a bit of a make-over with some spray paint to get another use out of them.
It’s super-simple – here’s how you can transform yours.
how to spray paint your halloween buckets
With a pair of pliers I ripped off the handles. You can leave them on if you want to, but it’ll make the spray painting process a bit more difficult and messy. It took a bit of time but I managed to remove the whole handle and the little screws. This is what I was left with.
Next, drill some drainage holes in the bottom of the buckets. This is very straight forward and took me seconds to do.
To change the colour I went for this gold spray paint which I had on hand, so this project pretty much cost me nothing! Well, apart from the little plants that I added.
Now, I couldn’t see on the can whether this spray is suitable for outdoor projects. BUT, I’m going to keep mine under cover and away from any rain so decided to just go for it. Even if they last for a season, I can always re-spray them next year. Want to make absolutely sure this will last in all weathers? Make sure to go for an exterior spray paint.
Spray light layers of paint onto the buckets – I placed mine on a tall piece of wood to be able to get access to all angles. It will take you a few layers to cover all the orange.
Once they’re all covered in spray, leave them to dry completely – these are the buckets when I was happy with the coverage, just drying in the workshop. I know that looks ridiculous but as I always say – NEVER judge a project until it’s finished 🙂
And here’s how they turned out in our front garden with some autumn plants. Perfect if you’re not into bright orange pumpkins. Or if, like me, you’ve got some Halloween “trick or treat” buckets from when your kids were little that are hiding in the loft somewhere!
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