Minnow Bucket Pumpkin With Dollar Tree Stencil

October 11, 2023

Photo of a metal minnow bucket.
I ran across this metal minnow bucket it in my shed. 

I had purchased it at a garage sale, and used it in my junk garden several years ago.  It's not super old as it had a UPC stamped on it. I had previously drilled holes in the bottom for drainage.

Scroll on down to see my minnow bucket makeover, as well as more October projects from the Thrift Store Decor Team!

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Photo of a metal minnow bucket spray painted.
I cleaned the minnow bucket exterior with hot soapy Dawn Dish detergent and a rag.

I then spray painted it with two coats of Rustoleum Cinnamon Spray Paint.  I like this color for pumpkins, and used it in a September project HERE.

Photo of a spray painted minnow bucket.
Here is the bucket after painting.

Photo of a Dollar Tree fall stencil/sticker.
I found this fall sticker/stencil package at Dollar Tree recently.

They can be used as sticky letters or as a stencil. 

Photo of an adhesive fall stencil from Dollar Tree.
I chose to use the stencil "Oh My Gourd"!

Photo of a Dollar Tree Stencil centered on the front of a minnow bucket.
The hardest part of the whole project was getting the sticky stencil centered and flat on the bucket. 

The letter G on gourd needed the two circular stickers placed inside the top and bottom of the letter, after the paper stencil backing was removed.  I then pounced on the stencil using Fusion Mineral Paint in Ash. 

While removing the sticky stencil with my fingernail, I scratched the fresh orange paint in a tiny spot. 

I sprayed the orange paint into the cover of the can, and used a small brush to apply the paint to the scratch!  It covered perfectly.

Photo of a spray painted orange minnow bucket with fall stencil.
It's cute already!

Photo of a spray painted minnow bucket with fall gourd stencil.
My magnetic branch cut/pumpkin stems with raffia worked perfectly on this project too! 

See my repurposed wheel pumpkins HERE.

Photo of a small metal container placed in the bottom of a minnow pail to hold a mum pot.
To give the minnow bucket/pumpkin another look, I set an upside down metal container in the bottom of the pail.

Photo of a spray painted minnow bucket repurposed as a gourd/pumpkin planter.
The metal container added just the right amount of lift for my mum pot.

Photo of a spray painted minnow bucket repurposed as a gourd/pumpkin planter.
The minnow bucket adds some fall colors to my neutral wheel pumpkin patch on the patio.

Photo of a spray painted minnow bucket repurposed as a gourd/pumpkin planter.
I love it!

Now for my blogging friends' October makeovers below, including a lamp, a condiment wheel, rolling cooler, thrift store art, Boho pumpkin, velvet pumpkins, and a wooden bucket.

Photo collage of October thrift shop finds before makeovers.

Thanks so much for visiting!

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. I was not expecting that upcycle with the minnow bucket! Super cute idea!

  2. Carlene, I love this tranformation! I've been meaning to do this with some metal buckets. That color is fabulous. Pinned!


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