Creating some cute personalized Easter buckets to use instead of baskets is easy, fun and super practical!
Okay folks, so here’s the deal. I have FOUR kids. To some that may seem like nothing, to others it seems like I am insane. Trust me, I live in Central Oregon, and daily I get the “Wow, you’ve got your hands full!” “That’s quite the troop there!” “You do know what causes that right?” comments. Usually I feel like I’ve got a handle on it, I don’t feel like four kids is outrageous. Until a holiday comes, and then I’m always caught off guard by how much stuff I need to get!
I always see cute Easter baskets and buckets at stores and every year my husband and I think about purchasing the kids a new cute one…and for $12 it doesn’t seem like a bad idea…until you times that by 4 and suddenly we’re in baskets that they use once a year for nearly $50! That doesn’t include any of the fun stuff that goes inside that the kids actually care about.
Because really, if we’re being honest here, the kids would be just as happy if you handed them the plastic bag the stuff came in. They don’t care about the presentation nearly as much as I do! But therein lies the real truth, I care. I soooo care. I want their baskets/buckets to be cute, personalized and look like they belong in a Pottery Barn ad. It’s just the reality of the situation that my kids have to deal with having me as their mother!
Finally, I decided it was time to do it on my own and make them permanent, personalized Easter buckets that would hold all of their eggs they collect and will look amazing doing it. I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased four galvanized metal buckets. They were of course 40% off, so I got them for $6 each. So I am in these half of what I would have spent to have purchased baskets at the store, and these are personalized and exactly how I want them. No compromises.
Personalized Easter Buckets
Everything else I had on hand from previous projects, but here is what I used:
- FolkArt White Chalk Paint (used on my Piano makeover)
- Acrylic paint in my kids favorite colors
- Sponge paint brushes
- Black chalkboard vinyl
- White Chalkboard Marker
The first thing I did was mix my paint. I poured a small amount of white chalk paint into a container and then just a dab of the color and stirred. I added more color as necessary until I got the perfect pastel version of my kids favorite colors. Blue, Green, Yellow and Orange.
THEN I tried to tape off the buckets so that I could paint a straight line around them. Thirty minutes and half a roll of paint tape later, I decided I was just going to wing it, because ain’t nobody got time for that!
With the edge of the sponge being straight, it wasn’t too complicated to get it mostly straight. It’s obviously not perfect, but it gives it a paint dipped look, and that is totally on trend. So, yeah, I did that intentionally. After two coats and dry time, it was time to add my circles of chalkboard vinyl. I cut these out on my Silhouette, but you could cut these out with any machine or die cut you have or can borrow. I tried some fancier shapes, but in the end circles looked the best.
Then I just took my chalk marker and wrote out each of my kids names. You could use regular chalk, but chalk marker is easier to write with and it is more permanent, unless you wash it off, rubbing it alone won’t take it off.
My kids looked at them, said they were nice and went about their day. I love them and they have become part of my decor. Kids! What do they know? These are adorable!
Easter Hack for Multiple Kids
I have a little tip to share with you as well, see how I only have blue, green, yellow and orange eggs? That’s intentional, and not just because those are the ones that match these buckets. I only keep the eggs in my kids favorite colors.
When the Easter bunny hides the eggs he hides the blue eggs the hardest and highest places, because my daughter is the oldest and blue is her favorite. The yellow ones are easy to find and low to the ground, because Oliver is the youngest and smallest and yellow is his favorite color. Each kid can only find his or her color eggs. This works like MAGIC! I am telling you, it is the best thing that smart little Easter bunny ever came up with! No fighting, all is fair and the big kids still get a challenge while the little ones aren’t so frustrated. 🙂