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Repurposed Painted Easter Egg Pail

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Repurpose an old rusty pail into a pretty Easter "basket" with a cute chicken stencil, a bit of paint and some ribbon.

It's hard to believe that Easter is coming up so soon.

But there's still plenty of time to make this cute Easter Egg Pail from any old metal bucket you have lying around.

Repurposed Painted Easter Egg Pail

I found a cute little rusty little pail in the barn and decided to give it a bit of a face lift for Easter.  

What you Need  | 

Old rusty pail (or you can find some cute ones at the dollar store or on Amazon

Wire brush (only if you're using a rusty pail)

White Rustoleum spray paint

Small chicken decal

Tracing paper


Acrylic paint

Small art paintbrush

Clear polyurethane

Glue gun with sticks

Lace or ribbon

Here's what I did |

  • First I scrubbed as much rust off as I could with a wire brush. 
  • Then I sprayed two coats of white spray paint as a base coat. 
  • After the rusty pail had been prepped and both pails spray painted and allowed to dry, I traced the decals onto each pail using a piece of tracing paper and pencil.
  • Then I painted the silhouetes with acrylic paint in pastel colors. 
  •  Once dry, a coat of clear polyurethane spray helped to seal everything.

To dress up the pails, I used a glue gun to attach some pretty lace and ribbon.  A bit of fake 'straw' and some eggs and my pails were finished.

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