Florist Bucket Transformation...Trash To Treasure Rescue

flower bucket with appliques diy

My love affair with ranunculus hits every Spring and is still going on big time this week. The season of availability is short lived and I'm enjoying my latest bucket full that I picked up at Traders yesterday. I've been calling there every day because I needed some for an upcoming project, and was so happy that they saved these for me yesterday...last of the season they said for delivery around here... 

But this is about the bucket...
pink white red ranunculus

The black plastic bucket that was sitting behind the counter at Trader Joes with my flowers on hold...

How to make a flower pot bucket container

As you can see...they were so good about marking them for me. Traders is great about things like that:~)

I asked if I could take the ranunculus home that way, because I had several other errands to run and I knew that the bucket would sit nicely on the passenger seat in my SUV and keep the flowers fresh...

using appliques on plastic

It was the perfect medium size and my wheels started turning to repurpose mode. I remembered that I had some extra large rose furniture appliques that I bought years ago on eBay to use on a headboard that we used to have. When we renovated the bedroom we purchased a different headboard, but knowing that I could remove the appliques and save for something else down the line I pulled them off slowly with a knife...

Since the bucket is round, I carefully warmed up the resin applique by heating on a low temperature in the microwave to make it more pliable. My husband was here and tried to figure out the best way to bond the two together...

Florist Bucket Transformation...Trash To Treasure Rescue

 He tried using latex caulk and then clamped the two together. We let it set overnight...

plastic flower container bucket

It held fairly well, but I decided to give it extra holding power by going around the edges and sealing with my hot glue gun...

After everything was set and holding well, I took the bucket outside and gave it a coat of white spray paint from Rustoleum's American Heirloom line in white...

beautiful floral arrangement

A plain drab ugly duckling of a utilitarian container went from this (above)...

flower bucket diy

To this...
Not sure that it's completely finished...I might add some antiquing medium to age it, but I'm happy with it for now...


Did you know that you can preserve the life of your florals if you store them in the refrigerator at night? 

pink ranunculus in arrangement

flower bucket transformation pinterest graphic

32 comments

Anne said...

So beautiful Janet!! Love this!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Love your bucket makeover/rescue! Beautiful photography.

hugs
Sissie

Kelley said...

Adorbs!!!

Happy weekend,
Kelley~

Heather S said...

Gorgeous, now to find a bucket and something beautiful to put on it.

Victoria said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful idea! I would never have guessed that was originally a black plastic plant bucket!!!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

Are you KIDDING me? Thats' what that gorgeous bucket started out as? Whoa.....LOVE! ;)

Victoria Silva said...

Wow! Says it all!

DD's Cottage said...

So gorgeous! WOWZA

Ruffles and Roses said...

How cool and cleaver...love it !!!!!!!

vintageandart said...

What a fantastic idea....it looks amazing!!

Jann Olson said...

Oh my gosh, what an absolute fabulous idea! it turned out gorgeous!
hugs,
Jann

JP said...

What an amazing idea, Janet! Ranunculas are my favorite flowers, too!
JP

Atmosphère Demeure said...

Bonjour Janet
C'est une génial idée et le rendu de ta réalisation est magnifique !! Voilà une belle idée que je vais mettre dans un coin de ma tête pour les pots noires qui sont en attente dans la cabane de jardin ;)
Merci ma douce et à très bientôt
Pascaline

maría cecilia said...

wow! this is great!

Linda Willson said...

Janet:
You are so talented and creative that I am in awe of you. The plastic bucket transformation is unbelievable!

Amy Chalmers said...

Love this Janet!

captiveinflorida said...

Oh my how creative and beautiful! Do you mind me asking, where does one get furniture apliques?

Samantha said...

This is so cool and those flowers are gorgeous!

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

This is just beautiful!!! I have to find some of the appliques! Thanks for sharing!

lesa schell said...

Beautiful

Marilyn Taylor said...

Very inexpensive and creative container. It looks great!

Amy Ellis said...

Never would have guessed that was a bucket from the garden center and a furniture applique. So clever and super gorgeous!! Pinned and shared

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Wow I love the way you decorated the container and made it look so pretty! I co-host a blog party on Monday's called Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up at Julie's Lifestyle. I would love to have you come and share this with us. Thanks.
Julie

thepaintedapron.com said...

How totally brilliant! I LOVE this! and thanks for the flower tip!
Jenna

Marie Blackburn said...

How clever is this! Wow, you would never know that was a simple plastic flower bucket underneath. Pinning to share - you're good!

Candace Guiducci said...

Love this - gorgeous!

Made In a Day said...

What super cute makeover. Love it! Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on FB! Have a great week!
Kim

Kati said...

I would have never considered keeping that plain black container. They are not pretty, but you made me think twice about tossing them now... Pinned!

Ashley @ 3 Little Greenwoods said...

Now that is one awesome transformation! Love those fabulous flowers! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity at the The DIY Collective this week! Please come back next week to show off your latest project!

Have an awesome weekend!
~ Ashley

Sybil said...

wow...SO beautiful! <3

Lindy Feray said...

It just goes to show that you don't need a lot of money to create beauty. Very inspiring

Unknown said...

amazingly creative and cleverly executed

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