Budget Friendly Santa Bucket DIY Craft

Santa Buckets Goodwill finds

We turned some old children’s buckets that we found at our favorite OC Goodwill store into an adorable DIY Santa Bucket craft as a fun way to give gifts this year. You can also use the large bucket for your holiday entertaining — just add ice and use it to serve your holiday beverages. This budget friendly craft will come together in no time and is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face!

We are going to use our Santa Buckets to package our small gifts for friends and family. These can be reused every year. See how easy it is to re-purpose common Goodwill finds into fabulous decor using just a few inexpensive items!


Buckets (any size)
Red Spray Paint or Matte Paint
Paint Brush
2″ Black Ribbon
Gold Glitter Scrapbook Paper
X-Acto Knife or Razor Blade
Hot Glue

old buckets from Goodwill

Step 1: Paint your buckets using spray paint or regular matte paint. I started spray painting, but soon realized it was going to take several of coats, so I painted them with matte paint using a paint brush. It took three coats of paint to fully cover the buckets.

ribbon around Goodwill bucket

Step 2: Measure the black ribbon around the bucket and cut it when ribbon overlaps.

Step 3: Glue the ribbon to the bucket.  Start by gluing one side of the ribbon to the front of the bucket a little off center. Add some glue to the back of the bucket and then glue the ends together when they overlap.

gold buckles Santa Bucket

Step 4: Cut a square out of the gold glittery scrapbook paper. Then use your X-Acto knife or razor blade to cut an inner square to make your buckles for Santa’s belt. Be careful with this sharp tool!

Goodwill Santa buckets under the tree

Step 5: Hot glue the gold square to the black ribbon right at the stop where the ribbon overlaps. You will cover the overlapped ribbon with one edge of your gold buckle.

It’s as easy as that! In just five steps you can turn an ordinary bucket into an adorable holiday piece! It’s not too late to head to a Goodwill of Orange County store near you to pick up an affordable bucket or two (or three!) to DIY this Santa’s Belt Bucket craft!

Feel good about shopping and supporting Goodwill! Your purchases and donations help support Goodwill of Orange County’s programs and services which provide job and employment training to people with disabilities or barriers in Orange County.

This project was created by Adrianna of More With Less Today.

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  1. […] by making this adorable and budget friendly DIY Santa Bucket craft. Our project was featured on the Goodwill of Orange County blog […]

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