So can we talk about the fact that February is already halfway over? When I looked at the calendar the other day to schedule this post I was blown away. Really, how is it February 15th! Is anyone else as flabbergasted by this as I am? This month is just zipping by so fast and I’m actually ok with it. Day by day we’re inching closer to warmer weather and that makes my heart oh so happy. So let’s celebrate with a fun little DIY project that is perfect for spring. It involves a galvanized bucket, lots of pretty flowers, and some black paint. Easy peasy, as always. Here’s what we’re making:
There’s nothing like a bucket of fresh (or faux!) flowers sitting on your dining room table to brighten up your day. This look took about 15 minutes to put together. Let me show you how I did it:
First you’ll want to find a galvanized bucket–the older the better. This one has been around forever, so it has a nice vintage look to it. For painting on FRESH I simply used acrylic black paint and letter stamps, which are from Michael’s but I don’t believe they sell these exact ones any longer. You could also use alphabet stencils, or even better just print out letters in Word, trace them on the bucket and fill in with paint. I’ve done that same technique many times and it works really well. (You can see it done in this post.) Either way, it only takes a few minutes and you’re done!
Now for the flowers. I have to show you guys a really quick trick I do to make my faux flowers look bigger and more full. Start with any large bundle of flowers. These are from Michael’s and they’re a good size, buy if you were to just put them in the bucket as is, it would topple over to it’s side and wouldn’t look very full. You’d probably need 3 or 4 of these bundles to fill out the bucket I’m using. So instead of buying more, I cut each stem off the bundle.
Just snip it right down at the base of the bundle. And FYI, you’ll need to use something stronger than scissors to do this because they usually have a wire in them. Ok, so once you’ve done that you’ll have a whole bunch of individual stems, which will fill out the bucket much better. But here’s one more trick to make it look a bit fuller–use plastic bags!
Yep, just grab a handful of those plastic bags you’ve been saving from the grocery store and start stuffing them in the bucket.
I put the bags on the outer ring of the bucket, instead of directly in the middle. This will help hold up the flowers and give them something to “lay” on, which makes them appear fuller. I only needed two bundles of flowers to fill out this bucket.
I do this trick alllllll the time with faux flowers in containers like this. Works like a charm!
What is it about flowers that make a whole room feel bright and happy? It’s like magic. And I have to say, even though I love me some real daisies or maybe even tulips from time to time, these faux flowers work just as well AND they stay pretty forever–which is a huge win in my book. This whole room just comes alive with the pop of color. And by the way, have I mentioned that I’m ready for spring?
I’m so happy with how this little project turned out and I can’t wait to use this “fresh” bucket all spring and summer long. I’d love to hear what you think and definitely let me know if you have any questions. Oh and tell me if you’ve ever done the plastic bag trick. Surely I’m not the only one stuffing Target bags in with their flowers!