Paint Bucket Turned Carry All

We are an on the go kind of family.  Always running to practices, dinners, and school functions.  A lot of the time, Kate brings along a bag full of markers, colored pencils, and paper to keep her occupied.  Well, last weekend when we were at Lowe’s, I spotted an unfinished paint can for around $3.oo, and I thought…this would be perfect for all of her art supplies!  So, I grabbed it up and headed home to make this adorable carry all!   Here is how I did it…

First, I picked out 3 pieces of coordinating scrapbook paper, and cut it into 4 inch strips.  You will need two 4 inch strips of each pattern.  Each strip will only go around 1/2 of the bucket.

Next, I painted the top portion of the can with Mod Podge.

I smoothed the first piece of scrapbook paper onto the can, and cut around the notches on the sides.
For the bottom, I repeated the same process…paint can w/ Mod Podge, then smooth on paper.

Make sure to take the time to smooth out any bubbles or wrinkles.  I use a Modge Podge smoother, but you can use your fingers if you don’t have this tool.  BTW, I bought the tool set which also includes a roller, and it was cheap and totally worth it.  (Modge Podge is not paying me to say this.)

I trimmed up the remaining piece of paper, and painted the back of it with Mod Podge.  Then I smoothed it over the middle seam.

I cut matching pieces of ribbon, and hot glued them down the side seams.

Then take ribbon and hot glue a strip around the top and bottom, and around the top and bottom seam of the middle piece of paper.

All you have to do now is attach the handle, which slips right in the two notches on the sides.  I hot glued a paper flower over each notch for added cuteness, then added ribbon.
Now it’s all ready to fill with whatever your heart desires!  We are filling ours with art supplies, and may make another for hair bobbles!

Due to having some of my content and posts stolen by no good lazy people who don’t do their own projects, I am sorry to have to truncate (shorten) my feeds. Please don’t hold it against me, and continue reading, because I do love you and want to share my tutorials with you ;)



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  1. says

    OK- How cute are you right now!?! SOO Cute! I love this can! LOVE IT! What a clever little carrying case for her art stuff! You took this idea to the cleaners lady- nice job!!

  2. says

    were you able to buy the empty paint can? I have to make one of those for my little one! She wants to carry her markers and colored pencils EVERY WHERE!

  3. says

    How adorable!!! I’ve seen those empty cans at Home Depot and thought there was something handy they could do and you found it!!! And you made it so cute!! :) Nicely done!!

  4. says

    This is such a cute idea and came out so nice!! I would love if you would stop by and share it at my I Love Fridays link party :) Have a great weekend!

  5. says

    I love this! It turned out so cute! I love repurposing stuff that normally gets tossed! Tomorrow I’m posting some formula containers turned coffee canisters. Thanks for sharing at Manic Monday!

  6. says

    Adorable! This would be a great gift for a teacher at school too!

  7. says

    Haven’t seen a paint can project in ages! And this is a really good one. Thanks for reminding me! I must have a dig in the craft room, I may have one left!

  8. says

    This is such a great idea! My girls need one of these for all of their hair stuff, too! Thanks for sharing at our Uncommonly Yours link party! Have a great week!

    Take care,


  9. says

    Ok, seriously cute, the paper colors you picked are so pretty, spring and cheerful. I could see using this method for a lot of different projects for holding things. I didn’t know you could buy an empty can. So very cute, and thanks for showing us how. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday’s Best.

  10. says

    Awesome – I love the papers you chose. Im a new follower xx Nat


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