Personalized Mini Bucket Pail Ornaments

It’s the last full week before Christmas, Eeek! I’m trying to soak up the whole season while it lasts and sneak in a few fun family days. It just goes by way too quickly if you ask me.

Anyway, last week I had the honor of being part of a fun Handmade Ornament Series over at By Stephanie Lynn and today I am sharing the ornament I shared over there. Be sure to check out the whole series, there are TONS of beautiful ideas.

Every year I like to switch up my tree theme and this year I went with a neutral theme that includes lots of silvers, creams, whites and rustic elements like drop cloth, burlap and some twigs. Can you picture it? Well, today I’m going to give you a little glimpse of my tree and show you how I made one of my new favorite ornaments, these little Personalized Mini Bucket Pail Ornaments filled with cinnamon!

Mini Bucket Pail Ornaments with cinnamon sticks! via @tarynatddd

Mini Bucket Pail Ornaments with cinnamon sticks! via @tarynatddd

These little ornaments really pull my whole theme together and I love how they can be used for so many different things once I take down my Christmas decor. And extra bonus, our room smells like fresh cinnamon!

Mini Bucket Pail Ornaments with cinnamon sticks! via @tarynatddd

Supplies:

- 2 1/2″  Galvanized Buckets

– Drop Cloth

– Decoupage

– Vinyl Number Stencils

– White Acrylic Paint/Paint Brush

– Jute

– Cinnamon Sticks (optional)

Mini Bucket Pail Ornaments with cinnamon sticks! via @tarynatddd

Start by cutting out your drop cloth into 1 3/4″ X 7 3/4″ strips that have a slight arch to them.

Then using your number stencils, apply a thin layer of white paint. The key to using vinyl stencils is to not apply too much paint at once, do several thin layers to prevent bleeding. I used my Silhouette to cut out my stencils but you could easily buy a pack of them at the craft store.

Mini Bucket Pail Ornaments with cinnamon sticks! via @tarynatddd

Once the paint is dry, flip over the drop cloth and apply a layer of decoupage and wrap it around the bucket.

Mini Bucket Pail Ornaments with cinnamon sticks! via @tarynatddd

Tie three sticks of cinnamon together using jute and make a nice little bow.

Mini Bucket Pail Ornaments with cinnamon sticks! via @tarynatddd

Now here is my little secret, I placed a tissue on the bottom of the bucket so the cinnamon sits a little higher and looks a little more polished on the tree :)

Mini Bucket Pail Ornaments with cinnamon sticks! via @tarynatddd

Now hang one, two, three or maybe 10 for some extra spice (no pun intended).

Do you make handmade ornaments each year? What are some of your favorites?

 

About 

Taryn is the owner/editor of Design, Dining and Diapers, a lifestyle blog that focuses on DIY home decor, design, seasonal crafts, easy recipes and just being a mom! She is all about making things for less by upcycling thrift store finds and using what’s on hand. Taryn lives in the greater Seattle area with her husband, 3 year old daughter and 1 year old son.

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