The other day I was in town and I had a few minutes to kill in between appointments, so I decided to stop into my local thrift shop. Based on past experience, I didn't have high hopes, but much to my surprise I found a small galvanized metal bucket. It was the perfect size to hold my beloved tulips and I thought it would look very sweet with a label of some sort slapped on the front.
I almost walked away since it was listed at $4.00 ~ certainly no bargain. This bucket would probably be like fifty cents anywhere else in the world, but not here. Cha~ching.
Turns out it was 50% off, which was still pricey, but I took it home since I have wanted to try this kind of project for a long time. Plus, I knew that if I went to purchase an embellished metal flower bucket it would cost me much, much more.
So I bit.
I have seen so many really cute DIYs that involve labels, but I have never tried one. Much like zippers, labeling intimidated me. I don't have a fancy machine and I was afraid that anything I made with my home printer would run.
I was wrong.
This project took me no time to complete and there weren't any glitches.
Choosing a label design was honestly the most difficult part. While there are plenty of free printable options out there, I decided to make my own. I wanted a distressed look, but not too distressed.
I'm kind of a neat freak.
It also had to fit my current decor which is country cottage...with a teeny bit of French country...and a little farmhouse flair.
Very, very simple. I settled on a basic font and created the label in PicMonkey.
For an aged look, I printed it with a bit of beige/ grey background and then I crumbled it up and smoothed it out.
Next, I painted decoupage gel on the bucket with a brush, placed the label on it and then brushed more decoupage gel over the top of it. I smoothed the paper out by placing a piece of plastic kitchen wrap between my hand and the label so that the paper wouldn't tear or smudge. I gently rubbed out the bubbles and wrinkles with the tip of my finger.
To quicken the drying process, I gave it a blast with my hair dryer and I was all done! Not bad for my first try.
When I asked my husband what he thought of my creative transformation, he said, it was all he ever wanted in a bucket.
Ok, wise guy.
In all seriousness, it was a very simple process and I am thrilled with the results.
If you don't love my design, that's ok. You can create one that suits your own unique style. I'm already excited to make another one. Or more likely, turn this one around and maybe add an old seed packet on the back. Or a few...in a collage style.
The possibilities are endless.
Too bad the thrift store finds aren't.
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