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Happy Birthday Pail

Laura Nicholas

Get all the major supplies needed to make this project with the All 6 Birthday Pail Set or you can order them separately.

Happy Birthday Pail
By Laura Nicholas

card ideas, card making, pail
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Designer Tip: To cut a straight line with the scissors, lightly draw with a pencil using a ruler, then cut with the scissors.



  1. Cut a 2 " tall strip of striped paper. Draw a light pencil line with a ruler across the bottom at 2 ". Cut along the pencil line with scallop scissors. Erase the pencil and ink the edges. Mat with 2 " strips of red cardstock.
  2. Mark the end of the handle at the ends of the strips and punch half circles for the opening of the handle. Wrap the papers around and glue to the pail.
  3. Wrap white metallic ribbon around the top of the pail and glue dot a bow to the front.
  4. Cut " strips with scissors of red cardstock and punch half circle at the tops. Glue over the seams of the strips under the handle.
  5. Layer small white paper flower over the large red chip flower and secure with a brad. Ink the edges of the paper leaves and Zot under the red flower. Cut apart pieces of the brown swirl and Zot under the red flower. Foam tape to the front of the pail slightly bending the chips to wrap around the pail.
  6. Cut out a 2" circle of red cardstock. Cut a 1" strip of striped paper with scissors and ink the edges. Glue to the circle and trim ends flush to the circle. Add pen detail and foam tape to the lid.
  7. Layer paper flowers and leaves and secure with a brad. Foam tape to the circle.
  8. Tie knots of ribbon to the handle. Zot the dragonfly chip to the ribbons.
  9. Print greeting onto white cardstock and trim as a tag. Cut the end of the tag with the scissors and ink the edges. Mat with red cardstock. Add a thin strip of striped paper across the tag and add pen detail.
  10. Punch a hole in the tag and tie to the handle with ribbon.

Project comments

Written by Susan Fanucchi
 6 years 9 months ago:

Where can I buy the buckets?
Reply from Paper Wishes Customer Service:
You can buy them from PaperWishes.com. Just type "pail" into the search engine at the top of the home page.
Written by Fran
 6 years 9 months ago:
The decorated pail is a really cute idea and can be used for so many differant occassions. Thanks for sharing.


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