Hooray for Cloth Covered Galvanized Buckets!

I picked up this little galvanized metal bucket for a couple bucks at Goodwill.  As mentioned in a previous post, I am working on creating a small crafting space in our spare bedroom.  At the moment,  I am particularly interested in items that can assist in organizing this space. Although many of these storage items can be made from cans, jars, and boxes,  I couldn’t resist this cute little bucket. Organizing this room is not an easy task as the job requires moving a few larger items from the room and up into the attic, small steps…

I decided to try to decoupage this bucket.  I saw some examples online and liked the look.  I realize some may prefer the bucket without decoupage, but since I was making it for a craft room, I wanted to make it fun and experiment.  It also gave me the opportunity to use Mod Podge for the first time on metal.  I had this great old bed sheet, colorful and fun.   I thought it would be perfect for this bucket and would contrast nicely with the silver metal.

I cut off a piece of fabric and wrapped it around the bucket and trimmed off any access fabric.  I used a foam craft brush to apply Mod Podge to the outside of the bucket.  I then very slowly applied the fabric smoothing it out with my hands,  after it dried I applied 4 coats of Mod Podge allowing to dry between coats.  It dried with a few wrinkles, but it was a bit of a challenge due to the handles to perfectly wrap the fabric around the bucket.  Despite this, the bucket will come in handy for various craft supplies and provide the durability of galvanized metal.

Decoupage Galvanized Buckets

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Think before you Toss: Upcycled Product Boxes

I have started to look at things differently.  Most of the change has been born out of necessity. People all over the world have been struggling to make ends meet more than ever before.   We are certainty included in this, and I have made it my mission from both an economical and environmental standpoint to think before I throw something out.  The questions I ask myself are:  Can I re-purpose this item and make it into something beautiful?  Can I use this item to better organize my home? Obviously, not everything can be saved and shouldn’t be.  No one wants to enter “hoarders territory.”  That being said, I have simply modified my way of thinking.  Why go out and spend money on storage items, when plenty of these items can be re-purposed from previously used boxes and storage bags?  That is the question I ask myself.  When I was cleaning out my closet, I came across the box that my tablet PC came in.  It was made from a heavy laminated cardboard, with a magnetic closure. A perfect little box to store items in, all it needed was a bit of decoupage to make it pretty. I had some left over scrap-book paper from Lively Computer Tablet Makeover that was fun and thought it would be great for this. Upcycled Boxes

Materials:

Box

Scrapbook paper

Mod Podge

Scissors

Black felt tip marker

Foam Craft Brush

First, Use a marker to trace all sides of the box on the scrapbook paper. Trace on the blank side.  Then cut them out with scissors.  Apply the Mod Podge to the sides and lid and carefully glue the paper to the box, smoothing out any air bubbles as you go.  Once dry, apply the Mod Podge to seal the outside of the box. Simple, Stylish, Money Saving, and one less piece of garbage in the landfill. A win, win in my book! Upcycled Product Boxes Great for keepsake storage Decoupage Product box