Cut off the plastic handles with scissors to permanently remove. (we will replace with ribbon later on)
Paint the bucket by lightly spraying the interior of your pumpkin and allowing it to dry to the touch. (I chose to do this outside as it can get a little messy.)
Repeat with 2-3 coats of paint on the inside. Follow the same process for coating the outside of the pumpkin.
Cut shapes from felt for eyes, feet, wings, ears, and nose. (no patterns necessary). I also added a few optional flowers and leaves for decoration.
Glue ears behind the rim on the front facing side of the bucket.
Add face pieces starting with the eyes followed by the nose then wings. Allow wings to flap to only gluing the top of the wing to the bucket.
Add decorative flowers on the front of the bucket near the ears. (I only added a flower to one side but more flowers would also look adorable!)
Attach the feet to the bottom of the bucket.
For the handle, cut a large piece of ribbon, felt or rope, and roll to insert through the hole. Tie a knot, cut the end of the ribbon and do the same for the other side.
For the owl, I used 1 felt piece of each white, off white, light pink, light green, tan, and black.
For this owl trick or treat bucket, I used a thick and silky in texture ribbon.
If you are doing one of the variations, some colors will need more coats of paint and some may need less. Your choice of paint may also affect this. I found that Rust-Oleum coated the plastic pumpkin well with only 2-3 coats of spray paint.
If you are layering felt pieces, glue them together before adhering to the bucket.
When replacing the buckets handle with ribbon, I like to cut a longer piece of ribbon to allow room for knotting and any possible mistakes.