Upcycled Apple Picking Bucket



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Hello everyone, I have another project from my pile of crazy treasures that I picked up from the  40 mile Shenandoah Valley flea market. Last week I showed you the hand truck that I transformed into a coffee table

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This week it’s the  galvanized bucket with the cloth bottom.

As you can tell from the picture, when I’m at a flea market I always gravitate to anything that is wooden or metal. This galvanized metal bucket was no different. I liked it, but I didn’t know what it was used for and why does it have a cloth bottom.

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According to the vendor it was a vintage apple picking bucket.  It originally had straps attached to the back that the picker would wear over his shoulders and around his back.  The cloth bag would be held up by ropes on the side of the bucket and when it was full, the ropes would be disengaged and the fruit would fall gently out the bottom.

Great story, now I had to buy it.

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I thought my bucket would look great with flowers inside, easily changed out for the seasons.  Unfortunately, the flowers sat kind of low.

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To hold my flowers upright, I grabbed some old styrofoam packing and traced around the bottom of the bucket.  Allowing for the thickness of the bucket, I used a serrated knife to cut the styrofoam a bit smaller than my outline.

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It was then just a matter of pushing my stems into the styrofoam. Don’t you just love a super easy DIY?

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To hang my bucket, I inserted some rope into the loops that would have once held the straps for picking.

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Super easy upcycle and a beautiful pop of color whether used on the wall or as a centerpiece.

Have a wonderful week, stay inspired.

Shared at Metamorphosis Monday, Talk of the Town,

Sweet Inspiration, Link Party Palooza,

DIY Salvaged Junk, Silver Pennies Sundays,

Grandmas House,

 

3 Comments

  • Colleen says:

    Love love love! Now I want one too. Too bad I live in SoCal with no way to find one of these beauties.

  • Joan this is such a cute upcycle. And the story behind it is also very interesting. I can just imagine the old time farmers walking around picking apples with it. Or we can even go apple picking with it now. Of course, your idea is too cute, to add flowers and give it a rustic farmhouse charm.

  • Just totally adorable 🙂 Love it! Thank you for sharing with us at the To grandma’s house we go pink party! Pinned!