These were actually made last March, but I never got around to sharing them. My daughter wanted a Mermaid party for her birthday, and NO ARIEL! As luck would have it, the Life Is A Beach cartridge for the Cricut had just come out and I ordered it. It arrived just in time for the party (I don't know what we would have done if it hadn't shown up!), and here are the fun/easy/cheap party favors/crafts we made.
printonit. All of the party guests made the design on the center bucket; the other two are what my other kids got. We let the girls pick their hair color, and I cut the hair out on the fly. With a couple of grown-up helpers, the girls layered the vinyl onto their buckets and added their names.
The best part of the vinyl is that it's easy to lift & move, but holds up great. We still have these buckets over a year later, and if you know me you know that my kids beat the heck out of their stuff!
As an additional idea, my older daughter decorated her hula girl bucket using a Sharpie marker. She just drew on the extra details she wanted. You can go a step further using colored permanent markers instead of just the black that she used.