Halloween is almost here! I am more excited than normal because it’s the first time that my son will be trick-or-treating. Last year he was four-months-old (and the cutest little lobster you’ve ever seen!), and we got rained out of our Halloween festivities….whomp whomp. My fingers are crossed for better weather this year though, and I just finished up making his costume (he’s going as a baby motorcyclist from the Sons of Anarchy TV show….check this out for all the details!).
He of course has to have a matching bucket to trick-or-treat with and collect all of
mommy and daddy’s his candy, so I decided to give a generic plastic pumpkin bucket a makeover and turned it from cute to hard-core!
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Plastic Pumpkin Bucket Makeover: From Cute to Hard-Core!
- Plastic pumpkin bucket
- Metallic silver spray paint
- Craft paint (two shades of metallic silver as well as red & gold)
- Small paint brush
- Spray clear gloss sealer
- Vinyl (for personalizing with my son’s name)
The Plastic Pumpkin Bucket Pre-Makeover
I picked up this plastic pumpkin bucket last year at Target for .99 cents. It’s just your stereotypical pumpkin bucket designed for trick-or-treating youngsters that you can find in nearly every store come October. Nothing special, but just perfect for a 4-month-old.
Why this makeover: Like I mentioned, for Halloween this year, Rowan is dressing up as a biker from the TV show Sons of Anarchy. I’m changing it to Toddlers of Anarchy though to soften it up a bit….you can check out my full tutorial for this SOA costume too! It’s totes adorbs.
Since he’s going as a hardcore biker baby (minus the lawlessness and, uhhh, other indiscretions), he can’t have this cutesy little pumpkin bucket as is. No, no. It’s just too….adorable. He needs something hard and rough and a tad bit sinister (muahahaha!). So, I started brainstorming ways to harden up this cutesy little bucket and immediately thought of giving it an industrial vibe a la the Harleys in the show.
Metallic Silver Spray Paint Base Coat
I headed to my local Home Depot in search of silver spray paint, and when I spotted this Rust-Oleum Universal Forged Hammer Paint & Primer in Antique Pewter I knew this was the look I was going for! I loved the textured look of the forged hammer….very industrial and rough. Perfect for a baby biker.
I first removed the little handle from the bucket and then gave the inside a couple light coats of paint….
….then I flipped it over and covered the outside in a couple coats as well.
While painting, I noticed that there wasn’t much of a forged hammer look happening. It was all just….silver. Once all the coats were applied and dry, I was a little disappointed. As you can see, the bucket doesn’t match the can. I’m not sure if it was me or the paint or the bucket (or a combination), but this paint did not deliver.
The can does state that certain types of plastics, such as those made of polyethylene a la Little Tikes products, “may hinder maximum paint adhesion,” so maybe that was my issue (although I’m not sure what type of plastic this bucket is). All I know is the paint adhered to my bucket just fine….there just wasn’t any forged hammer texture. #notimpressed Oh wells.
Adding Some Shading
Since the forged hammer spray paint let me down, I had to improvise. I raided my craft paint supply and pulled out two different shades of silver metallic craft paint (one darker called Black Nickel and one lighter by the name of Pure Platinum).
I then used my bare finger and added some shading with the darker paint in all the creases and around the bottom. I also shaded the facial features (and gave this fella some cheekbones….see, he’s not all bad!). I then added some highlights with the lighter paint. I just wanted to give this guy some dimension and fancy him up a bit.
Even though it wasn’t my original vision, I’m very happy with how it turned out. Horray for improvisation!
Enhancing the Facial Features
To make the pumpkin a little more devilish and cool (as opposed to adorable and cute), I enhanced its facial features a little more with some color. I used some red craft paint and filled in the eyes with a small paint brush, then I painted over the teeth with some metallic gold paint. I decided to leave the mouth and nose in the darker, shaded silver.
Evil red eyes and yellowy pointed teeth….so spooky, right? Nah, not with that little grin and of course those cheekbones!
Sealing the Paint
Once all the paint was dry, I took the pumpkin bucket back outside and gave the inside and outside a couple coats of clear sealant. This was to protect the paint from being scratched and scuffed up from future wear and tear (a.k.a. trick-or-treating with a toddler). It also provided a nice shine to the surface.
Now this Rust-Oleum product worked great! This Painters Touch line is my favorite type of spray paint and normally the only kind I use. It provides great coverage, dries super quickly, and is true to color. Once again, I’m not sure what happened with the forged hammer can….oh well. I’ve moved on.
Adding Some Personalization
I have an addiction to not only my Silhouette Cameo but also to personalization, and they feed off each other. I of course had to then slap a vinyl decal of my son’s name on the back of the pumpkin bucket, lest anyone forget who this unique hard-core bucket belongs to.
Thanks to the gloss sealant, it’s not going to be permanently adhered, but it will definitely stay put for this year, and likely remain attached as long as no curious little fingers try to yank it off just because….not that that’s likely to happen or anything. [/sarcasm]
I then popped the plastic handle back in and, with the addition of some chocolately goodness, this makeover was complete!
My Plastic Pumpkin Bucket Makeover is Complete!
I am so happy with how it looks now….definitely much more suitable for a biker baby (and being FILLED with candy is a double bonus!). I’m sure not everyone will find this bucket or matching costume appropriate for a toddler, but….I don’t care. At all. Ha! I love it.
Now that’s a beautiful site….
And here’s my little model decked out in his Halloween costume. Isn’t he just the cutest little biker baby you’ve ever laid eyes on?? He wasn’t too fond of having his picture taken today, so hopefully I’ll be able to get some better ones on the 31st!
But doesn’t his hard-core pumpkin bucket go perfectly with his costume? It’s MUCH better than that cutesy orange version!
See why I put that clear sealer on?? Life with a toddler can be rough!
Since this is my son’s first year trick-0r-treating, I also made this little Halloween footprint craft as a keepsake. It warms my heart.
Thanks so much for stopping by!