How to Make Decorated Beach Buckets

By Elizabeth Arnold
Kids can take customized beach buckets on vacation.

Making beach bucket crafts is a creative way for kids to pass the time before a highly anticipated family vacation. Children can take their decorated plastic buckets to the beach and show off their handiwork. Decorated buckets also make whimsical favors for any type of beach-themed celebration, such as bridal and baby showers, birthday bashes, and Fourth of July parties. Fill the crafty buckets with small treats and give one to each guest to take home.

Wash the beach bucket with warm, soapy water to remove any dirt or sand. Dry the bucket with a cloth or paper towel.

Enhance the bucket with names, words or phrases using alphabet-shaped stencils. Place the stencil against the bucket and dip a small paintbrush into acrylic craft paint. Fill the stencil in with the paint to transfer the letter to the bucket. Write the child's name or a saying such as "Life's a Beach" or "Seaside Treasures" on the bucket. Use paints in vibrant, tropical colors such as turquoise, coral and sunny yellow.

Decorate the bucket with whimsical beach-inspired designs, such as tropical fish, seashells, sandals, lobsters, sand dollars and seahorses, using stencils and paint.

Allow to thoroughly dry according to manufacturer's recommendation before using the bucket. Fill the decorated bucket with small goodies, such as sunscreen, lip balm, a rolled beach towel or a magazine if presenting it as a gift or party favor.

About the Author

Elizabeth Arnold has written for a wide variety of publications and websites. Her experience includes writing travel features for "Recommend" magazine and packaging marketing copy for both Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros. consumer products. Recently, Arnold was a staff writer for "Special Events" magazine. Arnold studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.