How to Upcycle a Plastic Container into a Pretty Spring Basket

With it now being the month of April and Easter and a full month of Spring, I wanted to share with you all a pretty Spring basket that I’ve created.  This project  was recycled from a used plastic bucket which originally contained a frozen drink mix.  Clever, right? And very easy to do with just a few supplies!

Spring Basket



Now we can begin!  The first step is to lightly sand the plastic bucket with a Core’dinations Sand it Gadget.  Scuffing up the plastic a bit will ensure that the adhesive will stick to the surface better.

Next, you will want to select a variety of patterned papers to decorate your bucket with.  I’ve chosen The Linen Collection Paper Stack in 8×8 size by DCWV.  I was really drawn to the pastel blues, greens and mix of tans and white within these patterns.

Now you will want to cut these papers down to size so that it will be easier to die cut the various scallop and flower shapes using the Cuttlebug machine.  I have cut my patterns down to 2 1/2″ strips.

Take each strip and begin to cut out your various die cuts.  I cut out 3 scallop circles from each strip and also cut out a variety of the Rose Creation petals from other strips of the patterns as well…


After all your die shapes have been cut out, you can begin to adhere the scallop shapes to the bucket.  For the bottom row, I first started by cutting off a portion of each scallop circle and adhering them to the bucket with the straight cut edge lining up with the bucket’s bottom edge.   You can use your choice of adhesive and I’ve used a double sided tacky tape.  As you are applying the scallops, be sure to overlap them.  When you are finished applying the bottom row of scallop shapes, continue to layer and over lap with more until the entire bucket surface is covered.

Here is what the overlapping layered design with look like when the surface is covered…

You can now begin to decorate the handle.  I began by tying a length of blue chevron ribbon around the bucket just beneath the rim.  Then I took various flower shapes that were die cut with the Rose Creations Spellbinders dies, layered them together from largest to smallest and secured them with a pearl brad to create a flower accent to embellish the center of the ribbon bow.  Next, I cut a 3″ wide strip of pastel blue Core’dinations cardstock and punched out a decorative border to line the top of the bucket rim.  This was adhered to the top rim with some double sided tacky tape.  A tan variation of the same ribbon was also added along the bottom of the decorative border going around the rim.  The final step is to finish the handle.  To cover the handle, I tied another length of the blue ribbon to the bottom of the one side of the handle and began to neatly and carefully wrap the ribbon around the remainder of the handle.  Once it is wrapped the entire way, tie the ribbon at the other end and cut off the ribbon to leave a tail on both ends.


Of course, now you may use your pretty newly recycled bucket “basket” to decorate for the Easter holiday or simply for Spring! I’ve also cut strips of my Coredination’s cardstock with my paper shredder and crinkled up the shreds to make some instant color coordinating basket filler… another great way to recycle those scraps of paper laying around!

Happy Spring and Happy Easter to all!

About AndreaA

Scrapbooking has been one of Andrea's biggest obsessions since 1997 and she has recently caught the card making and home décor bugs, too! When Andrea’s not busy being crafty, she can be found working part-time as a substitute Preschool teacher, shopping at craft and antique shops, and collecting Old World stoneware and unique pieces of jewelry. Visit Andrea’s personal blog at:


  1. Monuel says

    Love that Ideal , we have the gallon Ice cream containers , Think I will try this on one of them. thank youfor the ideal.

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