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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Walmart Repurposed Bakery Bucket

Our Walmart sells their empty
bakery butter-cream buckets for $1.
They are around 5 gal, food grade of course
and come with a lid that seals very nicely.

I also purchased a roll of 
turquoise Duck Tape 
and 
a roll of clear Con-Tact Paper.

  Then on my computer I designed
some full page labels.

 Here they are printed out.
I used white card stock just to 
be sure you couldn't see their bucket 
label through these that I made.

 I placed my labels face down
on the Con-Tact paper
leaving long sides to 
wrap around and seal.
This way they will be protected 
and easy to wash and keep clean.

Then I trimmed the top and bottom
edges with my Duck Tape.
Viola! 


If you are like me and like to buy in bulk
  these big sealed buckets work great.

I think they turned out nice
and fit the style of my kitchen.

Well, that is just a little
budget minded idea.

I hope it inspires any of you
that buy bulk.
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These items were taking up too much 
space in my small pantry.
Now I have space to spare . . .
for the time being, LOL. 
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Keep Smiling!

Your blogging sister,
Connie :)

46 comments:

  1. These are brilliant, Connie, what a great idea! xx

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    1. Thanks . . . it was budget friendly, and that's important to me :)

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  2. Smart, Connie! How long does it take to use the stuff in the buckets? I think it would take us one hundred years.

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    1. It all depends, in the winter I use more of the flour and oats for sure, because I do more baking during the holidays. As for oats . . . I love them for breakfast in cold weather and can eat them at least 5 days a week:)

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  3. Connie, That a great deal on the buckets. Wow. I like the way you made them work for you and your storage. So clever. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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    1. Well, they are a great price and with a little bit of labeling and decorating I think I made them fit my kitchen pretty well:) It's always fun to find a bargain.

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  4. Such a brilliant idea, they look amazing.

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  5. That was a fantastic idea! They look great in your kitchen too.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Thanks . . . they will be very easy to get to there my the stove, too :)

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  6. Stylish and convenient way to store large purchases of basic food. A lovely way to do it when you need to buy in bulk. I might try your label trick on a smaller version of the 5-lb one you did as we don't use near that much bulk products these days.

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    1. It is pretty sweet how a cute little label can make such a difference :)

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  7. Those look great. We sell our bakery buckets when they are empty too. Ours are round though

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    1. They are great storage buckets and nice that you can buy them cheap . . . I'm don't know whether I am a budget minded girl or I am just cheap? LOL

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  8. I, who love organizing everything, think your buckets are amazing. How great that 4 of them fit so well in that spot too!!

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    1. I know I truly lucked out with that spot under the counter:) So, happy you like them.

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  9. They are a perfect fit too. I didn't know that they sell these...I should check at ours. I was just there today too! lol You always give us thrifty tips...thank you! Hugs!

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    1. I like to think that i'm thrifty, it sounds so much nicer than cheap, LOL Either way I love a bargain . . . the more I can save in one area, the more I have left for other things :)

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  10. Very clever repurposed buckets for bulk items & you did a great make over of them!

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    1. Thanks . . . they do go with my kitchen and they will be very handy there by the stove :)

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  11. What a fantastic idea, Connie. They are not only useful--they look great!!!
    I am going to have to check to see if I can get some of those buckets here. I could use a few of those.
    Thanks for the tips/ideas! xo Diana

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    1. It is not always easy to find large "food grade" containers and when you do you pay through the nose for them, so this just seems like a great way to do it on a budget.

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  12. A gal after my own heart, an excellent and creative way to reduce and reuse!

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    1. My parents were a young couple during the great depression and they learned the value of a dollar. I think it was wonderful that they passed that on to all of us kids. We have always been able to live just fine in our lean years as well as our better years. Waste not - want not :)

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  13. What a clever idea!
    It might be better if the balk food be stored in a cool place.
    Unless you don’t use your oven.

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    1. Actually I do not use my oven as much as most people do. I bake during the holidays, but that is about it. My sweet hubby is diabetic so we have to watch our diet.

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  14. What a great idea and it goes so well with your kitchen decorating.

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  15. Well you prettied them up and gave them a second life. That's very creative. I keep my beans and rice in medium plastic tubs too. Yours fit well in that space too.
    xx Beca

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    1. It's always nice when you find a solution to a problem and you can make it a pretty one too. Especially when it comes in at a very small price as well :)

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  16. Good morning Connie! What a great idea for your kitchen! Sure does look cute! We don't use a lot of those things but the things we do use I put in the gallon glass canning jars. Gave some of my flour away as am trying to learn how to adjust to my new gluten free way. Looks like you will be all set for the colder weather! Take care my creative friend! Nancy

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    1. I have a plan to not have to leave the house for groceries when the weather gets bad. I hate, hate, hate driving on icy roads.

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  17. You are so incredibly clever! I don't buy in bulk like that - we'd never use that much of those staples before they went bad - but what a fantastic idea for storage. I had to laugh when I first saw the Walmart bucket of icing though...I'm glad I can't see the list of ingredients in their icing. I'm sure it's pretty disgusting. ;-)

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    1. Oh, I'll bet that you are absolutely right. I didn't read them, I just covered them up with my homemade labels, LOL.

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  18. What a brilliant idea! They look great! I used to buy in bulk, but we just don't have the space in our rental! Soon though, when we have our own home, we'll figure out all the space requirement. That's cool that your Walmart sells the containers, ours doesn't. Our hardware store sells their discarded 5 gallon buckets...but chemical poisons have been in there...and to boot for some reason they don't sell the tops, a little hit and miss there lol!

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    1. Some people don't realize that all plastic containers are not food grade . . . that's why I like getting the bakery ones . . . there is no doubt when using them for bulk food storage :) I wonder what your Walmart does with theirs . . . maybe even throws them out (what a waste). When your ready for containers you could try asking restaurants.

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  19. These look very pretty in your kitchen.

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  20. I have one word for you: INGENIOUS!!! What a neat idea and did you measure them first before you bought them???? I probably would have as always have tight areas to try to fit things in! Love your use of the blue duck tape.. it comes in so many pretty colors now, a person could really decorate these up to match anything. Hubby and I were just talking this morning about needing a big bucket with a lid to store our cat food in out in our garage, so the critters won't tear into the bags. Right now, the big 20 lb. bag sits in our house.. not a real pretty decor item. Do you just go to the bakery department to buy them?

    Now I"m trying to think what other things I could use these for. We do buy bulk rice as love it.. but not room in our kitchen for something that big.. wonder if it would keep in our garage (which gets down to probably 10 degrees in the winter - no heat there). Hum.m.m.m you've got me thinking!

    Have a nice week.. Marilyn

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    1. As long as they are protected and mice can't chew through them the garage would be great . . . those low temperatures would probably keep the bulk food better than the warm home temperatures. We have enough neighborhood cats that so far we have not seen any signs of mice. That's a good thing! Our daughter has had to get containers for her pet food out in the garage . . . she told me the mice found it this Fall and once they know where to eat, they invite their friends and had a party . . . better to get tight containers and seal off the smell of food. Oh, I just ask at the bakery counter . . . I have also gotten them at restaurants. Steve is always needing them for meat curing and marinating.

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  21. so very creative, and such a great price for the buckets!!

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    1. Sometimes thirty and cheap go hand in hand . . . I guess I'm a bit of both. I like a bargain:)

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  22. Great way to use the buckets and love how you decorated them.
    When we were first married we were able to get a lot of the old type milk churns and we used those for bulk storage of dry foods. The sealed so well that nothing could get into them . They were great.

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    1. They sound very cool and great vintage look I am sure. These days anything vintage comes with a big price tag:)

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  23. You do come up with some good ideas Connie, brilliant!

    All the best Jan

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    1. It was just one of those ideas that fit my budget and I thought there just might be a few others in need of a great way to store bulk foods on a budget. I made one for our dog's food too.

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