Thursday, March 19, 2015

tutorial: BUCKETS!

Today I'm going to show you how to make buckets!  This is a really fun and SIMPLE craft to do with Heritage Makers individual scrap pages and a plastic "paint can"-type bucket found at your local craft store.  There are a lot of pre-designed buckets in the Template Gallery at www.heritagemakers.com/jenniferwise, but if you prefer designing your own, go for it!  Also--don't forget--even Templates are still 100% customizable!  You can change anything you want!

The bucket I made was an Easter bucket, and that's the tutorial I'll show you today.  I've done these before and personalized them for kiddos ("Kayla's Easter Bucket", etc.), but this one I'll show you is sort of a generic one which could be used as a regular Easter basket/bucket for kids OR  a cute Easter candy "dish," of sorts.

Before I show you the Easter bucket with the directions, I want to be sure to mention that buckets can be made for ANY occasion!  Here are some ideas:

Dad's Junk Food Bucket (fill with treats)
 (Again, these are all in the Heritage Makers Template Gallery, so the designs are done for you!  And they can be personalized.)

Thanksgiving Blessings Bucket (write what you're thankful for on strips of paper).
 Mom's Sweet Retreat Bucket (fill with soaps, lotions, bath salts, chocolates, etc.)
 Baby Memories (as described below).
You could also do (and there are Templates for) trick-or-treat buckets, teacher appreciation buckets, coach thank-you buckets, buckets to hold valentines, new mommy survival kit, birthday gift bucket, college survival kit, and more.

So how's THAT for a bunch of fun ideas?!?  ;)  Now let's move on to the easy steps of making this Easter Bucket.


STEP 1:
Order your scrap page from Heritage Makers.  It's Template 104746.  You can find it at the Template Gallery by either typing in that number in the search field, or typing "Easter bucket" in the search field.  It's a 12x12 scrap page.  You have the option, when you print it, to get the Lite Paper option, which I always do for this project.  It's cheaper, but more than that, it's easier to work with on this round can.  The Lite scrap page is $3.50 wholesale, but if you're in Club HM (it's free to join) and buy publishing points to use for your purchases, you save 15-25% at checkout.  Shipping from the quarter-of-a-million-dollar Heritage Makers printing press takes 7-10 days, so plan ahead.  If you've been to the post office recently, you know shipping isn't cheap, so when I order something small like this, I always order it with something else (like my personal scrapbook pages, a storybook about a family trip, or whatever memory-making I'm doing at the moment). 

STEP 2:
Get a "paint can"-style bucket at your local craft store.  I think this was about $7, but I always use a 40% off coupon.  :)
 NOTE:  Because this template is made on a 12x12 scrap page, it actually fits TWO Easter bucket designs (the three pieces shown above).  So that comes out to $1.75 for each can, cheaper if you are in Club HM.

STEP 3:
Cut out the pieces from your scrap page.

STEP 4:
You'll need to apply some sort of adhesive to the back of your pieces.  I chose a Xyron machine (The 5-inch ones are about $20 at Walmart--they make anything into a sticker.)  You could use a spray adhesive if you prefer.  In the photo below, I've run my pieces through the Xyron, so the white behind them is just the Xyron backing.  Next, I'll peel off my pieces and adhere them to the bucket.

STEP 5:
The "happy hunting" goes on the back.  The chocolate bunny in the circle goes on the lid.  The "Easter goodies" goes on the front.


AND YOU'RE DONE!   It takes almost no time and makes a darling little bucket.  It would make a cute Easter "basket" or gift or candy "jar."  I tied it with a bow on the side, but that's optional.
 Happy buckets!  :)  They'd obviously make a cute teacher gift, neighbor gift, Dad's birthday gift, etc., too!