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Sisal Rope Wrapped Rusty Starfish Seashell Bucket

Sisal Rope Wrapped Rusty Starfish Seashell Bucket

Thrift Store Decor Day

This has to be one of my favorite days of the month. Finding items to repurpose is high on my everyday bucket list (no pun intended).

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I stenciled a seashell project just a couple of months ago. I try to change up themes each month but I needed a seashell bucket for the shells hubby picked up on our recent trip to Tybee Island.


rusty bucket

I’ve had the little rusty bucket for a while. I looked at it the other day and realized it was the perfect size to hold the seashells.

rusty bucket ready for wax

It was definitely rusty inside. I wanted to keep the rusty patina but also protect anything I put in the bucket from rust and dirt so I waxed the bucket….all over….inside and out….three times.

applying clear wax

I used Annie Sloan clear wax because that’s all I had on hand. I never run out and buy anything for a project if I can help it. Any type clear wax would do…Howard’s is my fav.

Sisal Rope from Home Depot Project by Petticoat Junktion

I have (had) a brand new pack of sisal rope. Everything I own may be adorned or wrapped in sisal soon.

apply sisal rope with hot glue Petticoat Junktion project

Hot glue was the best bet for attaching the sisal. After burning my finger tips 240 times I grabbed a pair of long tweezers to hold the sisal in place while the glue set. I don’t think I have any fingerprints left.

starfish from eBay Petticoat Junktion project

The bucket looked darn cute with just the sisal rope but you know me…over the top. I was going to stencil something exciting, like “shells”, on the bucket but came up with a much better plan. I remembered the starfish I ordered last week on eBay. I hot glued one of those on and was done.

I ordered the starfish because I wanted to try my take on the coastal style flag I fell in love with at the cottage on Tybee.

seashell star nautical flag decor

Do you love it too?

Sisal Rope Wrapped Rusty Starfish Seashell Bucket

Sisal Rope Wrapped Rusty Starfish Seashell Bucket

Seashell Bucket Project Supplies:
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Bucket- rusty or not
Howard’s Wax
Sisal Rope
Hot GlueSisal Rope Wrapped Rusty Starfish Seashell Bucket Petticoat Junktion

I like to change things up with the seasons and seashells are the perfect touch for Summer. I also fill glass jars and bowls with shells from Kodiak Island, Florida, and other beaches we’ve visited.

Time to see what my thrifty friends have for us today. Just click the pink links below and have a great day!

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Our Southern Home

Bliss Ranch

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

My Repurposed Life

Partying at Funky Junk Interiors.

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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Wow! Your bucket looks amazing now! Wonderful job on updating a piece that would probably be overlooked by so many people. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us at Merry Monday this week!

  2. So cute! I really need to make a few of these for toiletries at the beach cottage!

  3. Very nice makeover on the bucket-using the sisal was perfect Kathy.

    nice tip about using the long tweezers for those ouchies.


  4. The bucket is so very beachy! Love the look Lisa@ Sweet Tea N’ Salty Air

  5. Love that bucket – what size would you say it is (1 qt, 1-2 gallons?” If I put it on a table, I’d need a quart size – my house is small. I love your take on the starfish flag! You’re so clever.

  6. Your title is a mouth full, sort of like she sells sea shells down by the sea shore.

  7. It turned out so pretty and the starfish definitely makes it. Beautiful!!