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.

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Comments (8)

Anonymous
August 2, 2010
ikea has metal buckets that will work
Anonymous
May 17, 2009
These buckets are available at,where else... Michaels.
Anonymous
May 14, 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?
Anonymous
May 14, 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?
Anonymous
January 13, 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.'
Anonymous
January 12, 2009
Did anyone figure out how to make the topiary? I would also love a how-to :)
Anonymous
August 13, 2008
I would LOOOOOOVE a how to on the topiary, which type of plants t use, how to cut it, soil, etc, Thanks!!
Anonymous
July 17, 2008
What is the tree in the bucket above? I would love to find one for my home... thank you, Jenn