Christmas Tree in a Galvanized Bucket

Christmas Tree in a Milk Painted Galvanized Bucket
This year, the kids made it very clear that our Christmas tree could not be a blog project.  They asked very nicely if they could just decorate it, and not make it fancy.  I agreed…not everything has to be a blog project after all.  I did ask if they minded if we put the tree in a nice galvanized bucket this year instead of having a Christmas tree skirt.  They agreed, so I sort of snuck a little blog project in anyway…sneaky momma ;)  See, I’ve always detested a tree skirt…not that I hate them in other’s homes, just in mine.  We have pets…pets that shed.  So, even though I vacuum a million times a week, the tree skirt always seemed covered in fur…bleck!
I found this galvanized bucket at a yard sale this summer for $3, and knew instantly that I wanted to put my tree in it.  Not in the current state, of course, but all painted white…I could just see it.  Matt on the other hand thought I was nuts (what’s new?), so I told him it could also be an outdoor cooler…sneaky wife )

I had been holding on to my sample of Miss Mustard Seed milk paint that I got at the Southern Blogger’s Conference from Amy at Atta Girl Says.  I knew I wanted to do something special with it, but didn’t know what…this was the perfect project!  I mixed it up and literally slapped it on the bucket.  I did 3 coats to cover the green.  I didn’t sand it or anything like that…I wanted it to look worn and chippy.
Once it was all dry, I placed our Christmas tree inside and draped it with a few strands of ruffled burlap.  I love the way it turned out!  No animal fur, and the tree looks like it was planted instead of pulled out of a box and put together.
So…do you do a fancy tree or let the kiddos decorate?  One day I will have a fancy tree, but for now, I am happy to have my babies at home decorating it for me.

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  1. says

    Ooooh! I’ve been wanting to do this too. Now if only I had a perfectly chippy bucket like you do! Great way to squeeze a little blog post in there. :)

  2. says

    I always want a pretty elegant tree, but the hubs like colored lights…what is a girl to do?? Your’s is beautiful! And I love the bucket :o)

  3. says

    That is so totally awesome! And your tree looks amazing! I love having a fun, kid-friendly tree. In GA, we had a huge 12 foot tree and I bought a little white tree for the boys. When we moved, we couldn’t bring that gigantor, b/c our ceilings are only 9ft… so now, our tree IS the white tree. At some point, I’m going to buy a bigger one, but for now, it’s fun! Christmas is for the children, and they grow up fast!

  4. says

    Your tree looks wonderful! I bought one this morning, hopefully I’ll have one up soon :)

  5. says

    Hi, Jessica

    What are you talking about, you tree is lovely. I love your tree and the bucket great idea.

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