Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fabric {Covered} Buckets!

Before my youngest daughter was born and I was working on her nursery I couldn't find a single basket or bucket or pail that I liked to put in her bookshelf. Of course now, a year later I see ones all the time that would have been perfect, isn't that always the case? So anyway, I went ahead and made my own buckets for her bookshelf, it's a pretty easy DIY Project!! Here is how it goes!

  • metal bucket/pail
  • spray adhesive
  • fabric (size depends on your bucket size)
  • scissors
  • pencil or fabric marker
  • exact-o or crafty knife
  1. lay your (ironed) fabric down on the ground and place the bucket on its side
  2. place your pencil at the bottom of the bucket and start rolling your bucket along the fabric, all the while using your pencil to trace the shape. You can repeat this step for the top OR you can just measure the height of the bucket and freehand your top line to match the curve of the bottom line just X inches away (where X equals the height of your bucket). Sorry I don't have any pictures of this step but it's kinda challenging to trace the bucket, let alone stop to take pictures of it...sorry
  3. give yourself about an inch of slack at the bottom and on one end and cut out your fabric
  4. in a well ventilated area (I would only recommend doing this step outside b/c that spray adhesive gets EVERYWHERE) spray a nice, liberal coat of adhesive all around you bucket
  5. decide where you want your seam and lay down an end of your fabric on the bucket and start rolling the fabric around the bucket smoothing out any air bubbles that form along the way. You can lift the fabric back up and replace as you go to get it as smooth as you can
  6. continue wrapping the fabric all the way around, you will need to spray a small amount of adhesive to the overlap flap of the seam
  7. now spray the outer edges of the bottom of the bucket and smooth the bottom edges over the bottom edge and adhere to bucket's bottom (now if you hate how that looks you can cut a circle about 1/2" smaller than the bottom of your bucket, using the bucket to trace onto the fabric, and spray that bad boy with some glue and cover up all the tucked over edges)
  8. Use an exact-o knife to cut out any areas you need for handles and to tuck the fabric up into the lip of the bucket
  9. If you want (or if you messed up somewhere) use ribbon to cover the top/bottom/seams 
  10. You can seal the whole deal with a layer of Mod Podge if you like!
You can see my original buckets in my Nursery blog post I did not covered them with a layer of Mod Podge b/c they are going to be used indoors only. However I did use a layer of Outdoor Mod Podge on the bucket below b/c it is going to be used to hold little bottles of water at P's birthday party!

$2.50 from Target Dollar Spot...didn't like the color, so I painted it white

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  1. That is such a cute idea! Don't you love that 3M spray adhesive:)

  2. Ohmygosh this is fabulous! Now that spring is almost here, I'll be looking for buckets at yardsales! A little scrap fabric and voila!

  3. Love this! The crib is absolutely ADORABLE! I would love for you to link up your buckets or any of your other projects to my Ten Buck Tuesday link party!


  4. Oh goodness that is adorable! And the nursey is gorgeous!

  5. That is adorable!!!! What a great idea! Visiting from 10 Buck Tuesdays :)

    Pop over and see what we're doing! sunscholars.blogspot.com

  6. I love this and have scheduled a feature of it for this morning at Extreme Personal Measures.

    Extreme Personal Measures

  7. If that isn't the most wonderful bucket? I love it and its polka spotty ways!

  8. SO CUTE!!!! I can't believe how evenly you did it too...looks like it was painted on!

    I would love you to come link this up to my party, "20 Below Thursday" which spotlights cute and thrifty projects just like this that are all under $20!


  9. What a fantastic idea! And, her room is ADORABLE!!


  10. This is adorable! I would love to make one of these... not sure where I would get those metal buckets in Germany though. Awesome Idea. Thanks for sharing. :)
    Humble Homemaking

  11. I love these!! I have to try this!


  12. You had me at the polka dots! I love it, what cute storage.

  13. I love making these! I usually do mine with Modge Podge. I've never even thought about spray adhesive. Thanks for the tip. Do you have any idea where to find the bins for fairly cheap? I've been looking EVERYWHERE!

    Love, love, love the polka dots!!! Love your blog too!

  14. Wow, what a great idea, they look great, and functional too!


  15. That turned out adorable!

    Visiting from Serenity Now!

  16. I know exactly what you mean about finding the cute stuff AFTER you needed it. ;) Story of my life. Love those polka dots. :) Thanks for sharing!

  17. Great idea! I can never find what I like either so making what you like works out best! I love the pink and the polkas!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  18. Visiting from TT&J--you have a great blog, and I'm a new follower!

  19. So cute. I'm all for the quick & simple that turns out so GREAT! And by the looks of your 'about me'...you must be the queen of quick! Your plate sure is full, I admire that. ...all that ~ and you have time to blog!

  20. That's a fun project. I never thought of using spray adhesive for this purpose. thanks!

  21. Fabulous. Thank you for sharing.


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