My family loves ice cream. We go through a few gallons of the sweet stuff every month. The most economical way to purchase it is in big gallon buckets for less than $5. Once a pail was emptied, I didn't have the heart to throw it away. So I washed the buckets and lids and stored them in the garage, knowing that eventually I would find a use for them.
With the holidays looming, I found the perfect use for my growing stack of empty pails. I decided to make gift buckets instead of gift baskets! The airtight lid assures freshness and protects the contents during shipping. Here are some sweet themes I created for my gift buckets this year.
It is fun and easy to decorate your gift buckets as well. Simply measure and cut a wide strip of fabric, wallpaper or craft paper to fit the sides of the bucket. You can use pinking shears for a no-sew edge or trim with lace, beads, feathers or other fanciful trim. Hot glue works very well for attaching the pieces.
You can use a holiday theme or match the contents of your bucket. For example, the baby gift bucket could be decorated with pretty pastels or bright primary colors in a bold pattern. Sports fans will warm up to a bucket in faux-football leather or textured basketball orange. Use your imagination and decorating your gift buckets will be a blast.
Next time you enjoy the last scoop of ice cream, don't toss the bucket. You have the makings of great gift buckets.
Shaunna Privratsky is a fulltime author. She lives in North Dakota with her family and is busy enjoying the holidays, preparing for guests and shoveling snow. Visit The Discount Diva for more money-saving ideas here.
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