Painted Garden Pail Easter Basket

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For a fresh take on the classic Easter basket, try painting a plain garden pail. The sturdy material and sweet, colorful style are a perfect match to welcome back spring year after year.

For a fresh take on the classic Easter basket, try painting a plain garden pail. The sturdy material and sweet, colorful style are a perfect match to welcome back spring year after year.

Supplies

Tube of paint

Pails can easily be reused from around the house or a secondhand shop. They can also be found in a craft, hardware, or dollar store. You will also need acrylic paint, brushes, and painter's or masking tape for these designs.

Pails can easily be reused from around the house or a secondhand shop. They can also be found in a craft, hardware, or dollar store. You will also need acrylic paint, brushes, and painter's or masking tape for these designs.

Paint a Picket Fence

White picket fence and flowers

Place 1/2 inch wide strips of painter's tape one inch apart along the base of the pail. Wrap a piece of tape around the entire pail to create an even border line. Paint at least 2 coats of white paint below the tape line and allow it to dry completely before peeling off the tape.

Place 1/2 inch wide strips of painter's tape one inch apart along the base of the pail. Wrap a piece of tape around the entire pail to create an even border line. Paint at least 2 coats of white paint below the tape line and allow it to dry completely before peeling off the tape.

Add Fence Rails and Grass

White picket fence by house

Using a small line brush, paint 2 fence rails in white and tufts of green grass along the bottom of the pail.

Using a small line brush, paint 2 fence rails in white and tufts of green grass along the bottom of the pail.

Paint Easter Eggs and Personalize

Easter eggs hidden in grass, girl (7-9) in background (focus on egg)

Paint large ovals, alternating your favorite spring colors. Choose a contrasting color to add speckles, dots and stripes to the Easter eggs and outline the shapes with white to help them stand out. Personalize it with a large brush or paint pen, outlining the letters as well.

Paint large ovals, alternating your favorite spring colors. Choose a contrasting color to add speckles, dots and stripes to the Easter eggs and outline the shapes with white to help them stand out. Personalize it with a large brush or paint pen, outlining the letters as well.

Paint a Solid Pail

Fresh Herbs In Blue Bucket

Alternatively, try painting the pail a solid color. This is a great way to camouflage a reused pail. Paint several coats of green on the main portion. Leave the indention of the pail as is to create a shiny, contrasting border and paint the portion above a deeper shade of green.

Alternatively, try painting the pail a solid color. This is a great way to camouflage a reused pail. Paint several coats of green on the main portion. Leave the indention of the pail as is to create a shiny, contrasting border and paint the portion above a deeper shade of green.

A Carrot Border and Bunny Face

White rabbit, one foot on carrots

Evenly space orange triangles around the darker section. Draw a simple bunny face in the lower, lighter green portion and fill the shape with at least 2 coats of white paint.

Evenly space orange triangles around the darker section. Draw a simple bunny face in the lower, lighter green portion and fill the shape with at least 2 coats of white paint.

Fill in the Details

Schoolgirl (4-6) holding paintbrushes, smiling, portrait

Use a small brush or paint pen to add facial features to the bunny, as well as highlights and greenery to each carrot.

Use a small brush or paint pen to add facial features to the bunny, as well as highlights and greenery to each carrot.

Personalize

Name patch over mechanic's front pocket

Finish the pail by adding a name. Outline bright yellow bubble letters in white or a contrasting color and use the same color to decorate them with a few small dots.

Finish the pail by adding a name. Outline bright yellow bubble letters in white or a contrasting color and use the same color to decorate them with a few small dots.

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