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Bucket Luminaries

Fill metal buckets with seasonal greenery for daytime decorations, then make them glow at night by adding short strands of lights.

Logs and greenery in a metal bucket.

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Narrow logs (birch shown)
  • Fresh greenery or evergreen trimmings
  • Large pinecones


  • 100-count mini lights, #394489
  • 12-quart steel bucket, #89804

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Step 1

Trim logs to no more than twice the height of the bucket. Place two or three logs in a bucket. Wrap lights around the logs with the plug extending from the back of the bucket.

Step 2

Insert sprigs of fresh greenery between and around the logs. Fill in the remaining spaces with pinecones.

Step 3

Position the bucket and plug in the lights.

Good to Know

If you display the bucket outside, check it periodically to make sure moisture doesn’t collect in the bottom. Empty any water.