Paint Can Hostess Gift Idea | Pretty Handy Girl

As the holiday party invites start to roll in, you might be struggling to come up with a new hostess gift idea. These chalkboard painted buckets are a quick and easy way to throw together a unique gift basket that will fill the recipient with joyful scents and treats.

Paint Can Hostess Gift Idea | Pretty Handy Girl

Hostess Gift Basket in a Paint Can

As the holidays approach, it’s a good idea to have last minute gifts ready to whip up. These paint pail gift baskets don’t get more simple. It only took me half an hour to line up a bunch of these metal paint cans and paint a stripe around the center.

Paint Can Hostess Gift Idea | Pretty Handy Girl

When dry (and seasoned) I can grab one to write a personalized message. Then I’ll fill it with a candle, DIY scented room spray, a pillow cover, lotion or soap dispenser, a gift card to Lowe’s, and of course some Hershey’s kisses! If you have an eagle eye, you may have picked up that I used paint stirrers decorated with washi tape (or painted with chalkboard paint) to use as the gift tag.


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Paint Can Hostess Gift Idea | Pretty Handy Girl



Clean and dry your paint pail. Paint a band of chalkboard paint with the foam brush. Let it dry and add a second coat.

Paint Can Hostess Gift Idea | Pretty Handy Girl

After the paint has dried wait 24 hours.  Season the chalkboards by rubbing a piece of chalk all over the band. Wipe off the chalk with a dry rag. Store the pails away until you need to grab one for a hostess gift.

Paint Can Hostess Gift Idea | Pretty Handy Girl

Decorate the sides with a personalized chalk message. I love using a reusable item as a liner, like decorative pillow covers or a scarf. It’s fun to either throw a cover onto an old pillow to dress it up for the holidays.


10 replies
  1. Lorna
    Lorna says:

    I’m a Realtor (as well as a crafter) and this is a perfect gift for my clients. I often give a Lowe’s gift card, along with some tools and cleaning items. What a lovely way to present them. Love that I can make several at once and store until needed.

  2. Linda Pemberton
    Linda Pemberton says:

    I LOVED this idea! I am so inspired by you, as well as Nicole Curtis on DIY Rehab Addict, that I can hardly stand it! My next tool will be a nail gun, and also maybe a Dremel Saw Max. Maybe when I’m asked for Christmas gift ideas I’ll mention one. This is such a great idea! For the DIY’er you could line the bucket with red shop cloths or something like that from the painter’s dept at Lowe’s or HD. I also liked your pen and ink dessert plates. Great idea! Thought of doing this for my daughter and doing their first initials or just do one with their last name or initial.

  3. Hannah
    Hannah says:

    The paint can is a terrific idea. However, I would not be able to duplicate the wonderful lettering on the can (zero artistic ability here). Could I stencil something on the chalkboard paint? If so, what kind of paint (?) could I use?


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