A Vintage Inspired Easter Pail

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How to age a new galvanized pail to make the perfect vintage inspired Easter basket. Just look at that adorable bunny silhouette and anyone can do this! #ad #SweeterEaster

Easter is my favorite holiday for gifting. I think I love it most, because it is mostly about chocolate and the expectations are not so high. There are no gift lists and things for every member of the family, teachers and throw in friends and neighbors. The lists are short and the amount of sweets is high… score!

Today I want to show you how I took a shiny new galvanized pail, aged it to a beautiful vintage aged finished it off with my favorite bunny silhouette!

How to Age Galvanized Metal

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Supplies Needed:

  • Galvanized Metal Pail
  • Acidic Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  • Steel Wool
  • Rubber Gloves

Project Instructions:

How to age a shiny new galvanized metal pail. Go from shiny to vintage in just a few minutes.

Step One. Pick up a shiny new galvanized pail or tub from your local home improvement store. I wanted mine to be large so the girls can use them as trash cans under their sinks after the holiday has passed. Nothing like a little multi-tasking.

Aging a new galvanized pail to have a vintage aged finish. From shiny to aged in just a few moments.

Step Two. This is the most important step! Put on a pair of thick rubber gloves. You are going to be working with acid and I simply cannot caution you any more strongly. It is acid and unless you’d like to be burned. Put on those gloves! Now the fun begins… squirt the toilet bowl cleaner on the steel wool or directly onto the pail. I like to use this brand because it is more like a gel and is easier to work with.

Aging a new galvanized pail to have a vintage aged finish. From shiny to aged in just a few moments.

Step Three. Spend some time rubbing in the acidic toilet bowl cleanser with the steel wool.  You’ll definitely smell when it is working! After I worked it in well, I let it sit  for about 30 minutes and then rinsed it with the hose in the yard. Once it dried, I buffed it a tiny bit more with the steel wool.

Learn how to age new galvanized metal for a pretty vintage inspired easter pail. They make the cutest easter baskets and you can reuse them later!

Step Four. I added a bunny silhouette that I had printed on card stock to the front of the pail. The sky is the limit here, though. You can monogram, paint a name, paint a cute bunny… I chose the card stock option because we will be using these again for other things.

Now the real fun begins… sweets!

Easter Candy at Wal Mart


I headed to my local Walmart just like I do every year to load up on Easter candy and treats. I love rolling down the seasonal aisle and just being immersed by all of those candy smells!  I was so glad to see my old favorites and a few new goodies like the new DOVE® Peanut Butter Eggs. You can find even more inspiration at MyConfectionCorner.Com.

Easter Candy at Walmart


Here is what I brought home and they are loved each and every year:

  • DOVE® Milk Chocolate Bunny
  • SNICKERS® Bunny Cane
  • DOVE® Peanut Butter Egg
  • Skittles® Bunny Cane
  • Starburst® Funsize Cane
  • Hubba Bubba®

Filled Easter Galvanized Bucket

I added dark green grass, a few brightly colored eggs, bunny ears and all of my treats to the bucket and now all I have to do is wait until Easter morning.

How to age a galvanized metal pail. Go from shiny to vintage in just a short amount of time with very little effort.  #ad #SweeterEaster

What is your favorite way to decorate an Easter basket?  I’d love to hear!

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Trish Flake

Hey y'all! I am Trish and the creative voice behind Uncommon Designs. I adore party planning, holiday celebrations, and all things crafty! I am so excited to share my creative adventures with you!

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