A couple of weeks ago, I came across a pin on Pinterest that showed how to make a pretty wintry bucket to decorate your front porch. It seemed inexpensive and easy to pull off -- which is what I typically look for in a DIY project! -- so last week, I decided to make it a reality.
It came together so nicely I ended up making two festive buckets: a rustic outdoor one for my porch, and a sleek and modern indoor one for my living room.
Here's everything you need to make your own!
One large bucket that fits your aesthetic (I found the wooden one in the garden department at Wal-mart and the metal one is a drink tub from Target. (Note: if you go for a wooden bucket, you may want to stick a silver bucket inside of it to help reflect more light and make it really glow!)
1-2 strands of white Christmas lights, preferably battery-operated
A bunch of pine branches (I don't have any trees in my yard, so I went to Lowe's and asked for the scraps they were cutting off of the Christmas trees they were selling. You know what they say: one woman's trash is another woman's home decor treasure!)
Wood scraps and/or pinecones
Bonus: Some wintry metallic items, like glitter pinecones or gold and silver cranberries
1. Put the branches and/or wood in the bucket.
2. Arrange strands of lights within the branches.
3. Tuck in pinecones and your metallic items in (hint: look for spots where they will get illuminated by the lights).
4. Turn on the lights and enjoy the glow!
So easy, right?! And it looks so pretty! The one on my porch adds a little holiday cheer when we're coming and going, and I especially love the way the indoor one looks...like a glowing fireplace next to my TV! This project would be a great way to decorate a small space for the holidays, and you could recreate the look in smaller buckets for gorgeous winter centerpieces.