Mini Christmas Tree Pot With Frog Tape Shapes

November 08, 2022

Photo of a thrifted wooden bucket.
I found this 12 sided wooden bucket at the thrift store a while back.  It has a jute handle.

Scroll on to see how I transformed this find into a cute Christmas decoration, and take in another great edition of projects from the Thrift Store Decor Team too!

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Photo of a thrifted wooden bucket.
I removed the jute handle, and wiped off the bucket with hot soapy Dawn Dish Soap water and a rag.

Photo of a thrifted wooden bucket.
Next I sanded off the logo or decoration on each side of the bucket, that were brown and slightly indented.

Photo of a Ryobi detail sander.

I used my Ryobi Corner Cat Sander for the job.

Photo of a Christmas Sweater stencil from Old Sign Stencils.

I have also used this great stencil on an old chair HERE, and an old ironing board HERE.  Another awesome Christmas pattern stencil is the Snowflake Christmas Sweater stencil, also from Old Sign Stencils.

*Old Sign Stencils has provided me with complimentary samples. All opinions about these fabulous stencils are my own. 

Photo of a tree stencil traced onto Frog Tape.
Instead of stenciling right on the bucket, I traced one of the stencil's trees onto a roll of Frog Tape.  

I have had great results with Frog Tape with painting stripes on furniture.  Much better luck than with plain blue painter's tape.

Photo of traced stencil Frog Tape trees taped onto the bottom of a wooden thrifted bucket.
I cut the traced trees out with a scissors (I needed 12), and lined them up around the bottom of the bucket.  I was sure to rub the tape down well.

Photo of a thrifted wooden bucket painted with Caviar Chalk Paint from Dixie Belle Paint Company.
I then painted the bucket's exterior, right over the Frog Tape, with Dixie Belle Chalk Paint in Caviar.

Photo of traced tree Frog tape removed after painting.
When the paint was dry, I peeled off the Frog Tape trees around the bottom.

They came out really well, and I had only one small drop of paint that got under the tape.  I folded a piece of 220 grit sandpaper twice and sanded it off with the corner of the sandpaper.

Photo of a thrifted wooden bucket with a Frog Tape traced tree stencil border.
I then waxed the bucket inside and out with Dixie Belle's Big Mamas Butta.

The wax darkened the chalk paint and the bare wood as well.

Photo of a thrifted wooden bucket with a Frog Tape traced tree stencil border.
I tied the jute string back onto the bucket's top.

Photo of a thrifted wooden bucket with a Frog Tape traced tree stencil border.
I think the bucket is just perfect with a small faux Christmas Tree inside.

Photo of a thrifted wooden bucket with a Frog Tape traced tree stencil border.
And, the bucket would work at a lake cabin or cabin in the woods all year round!

Photo of a thrifted wooden bucket with a Frog Tape traced tree stencil border.
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The stenciled frog tape method would work with other easy stencil patterns as well!

Now, scroll on down to see my blogging friends' project links below!  It looks like a great month for upcycling!
Photo collage of Thrift Store Decor Team's November junk finds.

Personalized wood sled My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Updated Key Holder Domestically Speaking
DIY White Christmas Village Our Southern Home

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. I love how this turned out, very modern and perfect for your little tree!

  2. Now I want to sell our house and buy a cabin in the woods to recreate this exact look. I absolutely love the cabin feel. Looking around for a bucket to do this with!!

  3. This is absolutely adorable! The black was a perfect choice. This would totally work beyond the holidays.

  4. I love it! Great idea!! - Briana from Texas

  5. This looks so rich, Carlene. That was a clever way to get the trees on the bucket. And the color is terrific. Thanks.

  6. I love the contrast with the wood and black paint - stunning!!!


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