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Beach Bucket Centerpieces

Martha Stewart Weddings, 1998

Turn kids' metal beach buckets into custom centerpieces by painting them in the wedding colors. First, sand and prime each bucket, then coat with water-based enamel; let dry overnight. For stripes, tape off a pattern, paint exposed areas in a contrasting color, and remove the tape while the paint is still wet. 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. Use pails as planters for small trees with hydrangea petals scattered over the soil, or as vases for flowers, such as these dahlias.

 

Comments (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