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Red Valentine Bucket


I scoured the clearance aisles the day after Christmas in search of the right Valentine’s Day item to alter with May Arts ribbon and Helmer Adhesives. Past holidays can bring found treasures for upcoming ones… I bypassed a bunch of glittery goodness and tacky showpieces to find a few little metal buckets for just pennies. I pictured in my mind how cute the bucket would look wrapped in some pretty May Arts ribbon and I also knew Helmer adhesive and metal were like peanut butter and jelly-it was meant to be!



Only a few supplies, great ribbon and adhesive and some food items are needed to create two unique Valentine’s gifts.

  • 1 foot May Arts Caribbean Stripe Twill Ribbon (382-34-94)
  • 1 foot May Arts Pom Poms Wired in White (PM01)
  • 1 foot May Arts Natural Burlap String (SM10)
  • Helmer Premium Craft Glue
  • Tags
  • Kraft Paper
  • Ink and Stamps
  • Felted Heart
  • Scalloped Scissors



To decorate your pail, run a line of Premium Craft Glue around the perimeter of the pail and wrap your ribbon. This glue is the best because it is not heat activated and has a moderate drying time so you have time to fudge the lay of the ribbon if needed. Allow to dry just a bit, then run another line of Premium Craft Glue on top of the twill and adhere the wired white poms.



You’ll cover the area where the ribbons meet with a cute little envelope. You can purchase these premade or make your own with a trimmed down lunch bag, Helmer adhesive and decorative scissors. Embellish the envelope with a felted heart and string then adhere to the bucket.



Next, pull out some Valentine related stamps and stamp a tag, tie with burlap string. Here I used peanuts to fill the bucket because the tag says…



For the sweeter Valentine, fill your bucket with suckers and stamp your tag with a saying that goes something like this…



Experiment with different combinations of ribbons, fillings and sentiments, there are lot of cute sentiments available on Valentine related websites. You could try a vintage theme using this ribbon (FR10), fill it with sticks of Bubble Gum and tuck in a tag that says “I’m stuck on you.” Or, try using this ribbon (336-38-28), fill with orange slices and make a tag with the sentiment  “No matter how you slice it, I love you.” I’m sure that your Valentine would even enjoy the same decorated bucket filled with different goodies and discover a different message each day during the Valentine’s week too!


Blog post by: Karen Baker


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  1. Jingle

    Karen, this is absolutely adorable!

  2. Barbara Moore

    What a really clever idea for Valentines!

  3. Sue D

    This is so cute and a wonderful idea for Valentine’s day–I will have to look through my stash of buckets.

  4. Laura Cox

    Super simple….great for a classroom!

  5. Lucy

    Great idea! My hubby is obsessed with peanuts so I will have to make this for him. Thanks for the idea 🙂

  6. Kathy Skerven

    What a great idea for valentine”s day! I love the fact that you repurposed a Christmas item. The ribbon and white pom-poms add just the right amount of interest.

  7. rush

    fun project!

  8. Tammy

    This is just too cool Karen! I love Helmar’s and May Arts! What a great pair!

  9. Tanya Hulbert

    I love the idea of using the turquoise color with red! It’s so “unexpected” for a Valentine color! Cute, cute!

  10. Dawnll

    This is such a fun idea and love the use of products- so fun with the peanuts.

  11. Betty Anne Orr

    What a sweet project, thanks for sharing the idea.

  12. Me-Ma Kim

    Such a CUTE Bucket!! Thanks for sharing! Have a GREAT Day,
    Me-Ma Kim
    kimnsammy at gmail dot com

  13. Mary-Anne V.

    Thanks for some great ideas… love the bucket.

  14. Lisa

    So creative and CUTE Karen! I love this fun idea. I’ll take one filled with Hersheys Bliss please 😉 LOL!!

  15. Micah Gullikson-Poteraj

    You always know how to make your projects look special. I love to visit your blog.

  16. Natasha G.P.

    What an adorable idea. I really like the kraft envelope.

  17. Christine Dring

    Oooh I LOVE this idea Karen! Love love love I say!!!!!

  18. lynn

    these are such cute ideas, karen! tfs!

  19. {vicki}

    what a cute idea

  20. Donna O'Neil

    Super Cute Idea!!!!

  21. Lindsay Amrhein

    LOVE this idea! Super cute Karen!

  22. Kristie Maynard

    Adorable ideas! I love your little sentiments and the envelopes you used right on the bucket. Very nice project!

  23. Holly Tolman

    Wow, this turned out great!

  24. meta

    Clever idea, and great for the squirrelly guy in my life.

  25. Jen W.

    These are adorable, Karen! Those ribbons look perfect on the buckets and the little tags are so cute.

  26. Jeyatha

    Simple and neat idea with things at home.. Love the peanut bucket and little tag with it..

  27. Rochelle

    Woah Karen! Ca-ute!

  28. Debbie Craine

    Great project love the ease of making t his one.

  29. donna mikasa

    love your decorated buckets, Karen! too cute!

  30. Amanda Coleman

    What a fun idea! I love little buckets, and now I know what to do with them!

  31. kathleen sshriber

    love the treat pail. i’m sooo ‘lifting’ this. thank you!

  32. Barb

    What a fun project, Karen! Just love the bright, happy colors! I’ll take the one with the peanuts, please! (hee, hee.) 🙂

  33. Piali

    Fabulous project! love it!

  34. Kathy P

    Oh, can I have that bucket of pops? So cute!

  35. erin

    What fun!!! I have a little red bucket that came filled with Christmas goodies, this is a perfect project to reuse the gift. (Perhaps I’ll give it back to the person who gave it to me?)

  36. Annette A.

    wow Karen totally rocks…what fun ideas…I love it..

  37. Ange

    Love these little buckets! What a cute idea!!

  38. Sharon Gullikson

    I love the tag and envelope. SO cute!

  39. cecelia DuPriest

    Sarling project. Would love to win the giveaway to try the Helmar glue!


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