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How to entertain the kids with fun personalized beach buckets

Having a birthday party or kids group? For a different kind of favor with the kids try these fun personalized beach buckets.  Just cover an outdoor table with paper and grab some dollar store beach buckets, paint, and brushes from the dollar store and let the kids personalize each one. Then, add a Bowdabra bow as a final touch!

personalized beach bucket

Personalized beach buckets

Updated 2019

  • Mini Bowdabra
  • Bowdabra bow wire
  • One-sided ribbon
  • Plastic beach bucket
  • Acrylic paint and brushes
  • Glue dots
  • Paper to cover work surface

First, begin by purchasing inexpensive beach buckets. Choose a light color that paint will show up on.

Next, wrap a piece of ribbon around the bucket for the trim. Use either glue dots or tacky glue to hold the ribbon in place.

personalized beach buckets

Next, create the Mini Bowdabra Bow. Your children may be able to help make the bow, depending on their age and finger dexterity. Cut 18″ of Bowdabra Bow wire fold it in half and place it into the Mini Bowdabra.

personalized beach buckets

Now, cut a length of ribbon for the tails of the bow. Dovetail the ends of the ribbon by folding them in a half and cutting at an angle.

personalized beach buckets

Make the bow

Lay your ribbon into the Mini Bowdabra. Decide how big you want your loops. To make your first loop, fold the ribbon and press into the Mini Bowdabra.

personalized beach buckets

Continue folding the ribbon back and forth until you have created as many loops as you desire. Then scrunch down with the Bowdabra wand.

personalized beach buckets

While the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra, thread the two loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire through the loop at the other end. Pull the Bowdabra Bow Wire tightly while the bow is still in the Mini Bowdabra.

personalized beach buckets

Gently pull the bow out of the Mini Bowdabra. Separate the two loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire and bring them around to the back of the bow. To tie off the bow, pinch the Bowdabra Bow Wire securely against the bow. Twist the bow 4 to 6 times in a clockwise direction.

personalized beach buckets

Fluff the bow and tie it to the ribbon around the pail using the Bowdabra Bow Wire. Spiral the remaining ribbon with a pencil for fun ringlets. Give children the buckets to add designs and images with acrylic paints. Let the paint dry.










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