How to Make Decorated Beach Buckets

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Making beach bucket crafts is a creative way for kids to pass the time before a highly anticipated family vacation. Children can take their decorated plastic buckets to the beach and show off their handiwork. Decorated buckets also make whimsical favors for any type of beach-themed celebration, such as bridal and baby showers, birthday bashes, and Fourth of July parties. Fill the crafty buckets with small treats and give one to each guest to take home.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic beach bucket
  • Acrylic craft paint
  • Stencils
  • Small paintbrushes
  • Small favors (optional)
  • Wash the beach bucket with warm, soapy water to remove any dirt or sand. Dry the bucket with a cloth or paper towel.

  • Enhance the bucket with names, words or phrases using alphabet-shaped stencils. Place the stencil against the bucket and dip a small paintbrush into acrylic craft paint. Fill the stencil in with the paint to transfer the letter to the bucket. Write the child's name or a saying such as "Life's a Beach" or "Seaside Treasures" on the bucket. Use paints in vibrant, tropical colors such as turquoise, coral and sunny yellow.

  • Decorate the bucket with whimsical beach-inspired designs, such as tropical fish, seashells, sandals, lobsters, sand dollars and seahorses, using stencils and paint.

  • Allow to thoroughly dry according to manufacturer's recommendation before using the bucket. Fill the decorated bucket with small goodies, such as sunscreen, lip balm, a rolled beach towel or a magazine if presenting it as a gift or party favor.

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