You could just as easily use a circle stencil or the eraser from a pencil to make dots. It looks cute with just dots or you can also add some stripes by taping down the sides of the bucket and painting them white.
After the white had dried I hit it with an electric sander to age it and to make it look less like a bucket of popcorn. I'm excited to go to the store this afternoon and find a few things pack it with. The bucket only cost me $1 so it really doesn't cost anymore than buying a gift bag.
In other news...I did finish the door to my cabinet. I'll show you what it looks like when the whole thing is finished. Have a great day!