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

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