Wednesday, January 26, 2011

QUICK~easy~inexpensive gift idea~ViNtAgE aPpEaL

In addition to the 5,000 snow days and late arrivals the kids have already had, I found out this morning they would be having an early dismissal today because of another snow storm! Needless to say, I did not jump into any major projects.

I thought I'd share a great easy gift idea with you today. Mine is just one of many ideas you can use. I found this reasonably good sized galvanized bucket at Goodwill for 50 cents. It was brand new.

I brushed latex primer on....

Next I chose my color. I went with a vibrant orange. This is the paint we used in Reece's room. I painted on two coats. My picture only shows what it looked like after the first coat.

I distressed it with a sanding block.....

I found a print online that I printed out. I decopodged it on. You can read my modpodge recipe HERE.

Once dry, I I sealed the entire outside of the piece with Krylon polyurethane spray.

Here is the final piece....

Use this idea for so many different gifts. Put a flower print on it and fill it with flowers, use a tea print and fill with tea bags, use a toy print and fill with legos, etc.....Great for teacher gifts, party favors, mother's day, grab bags, etc.

Did you get the chance to check out my most recent Etsy sellerGIVEAWAY? Check it out and meet Jane and her vintage inspired jewelry.

Take care,

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  1. Sweet idea! Thanks for the inspiration! :-)

  2. Nice!
    I know my kids would love a popcorn bucket. I think I will make one.
    Regarding the paper you modpodged.It has to very thin, or does normal writing paper work?
    Very nice give away.I wish I lived in US also when I see all those beautiful give aways.

  3. I love this idea! I found very cheap metal buckets at Ikea (no handles though). I think I better make another trip there and stock up so I can make these gifts! Thanks!

  4. I actually meant to mention that in my post Pam....Very similar buckets in an array of sizes can be purchased at IKEA for great prices. I believe one in the size I used would be about $3.

  5. OMGosh! I just passed a shelf full of these in our local dollar store a few weeks ago. I thought..what could I do with a buck a piece!....I was thinking outside the box that day ;-I Wonder if there still there? Gotta go!

    Love this rock!

  6. i absolutely love the bright orange color you chose- so fun! we are now getting the snow that is coming your way, so it looks like after two days off my kids will be off again tomorrow. oh do i feel your pain!

  7. Love this, Lisa! The sky is the limit for gift ideas!

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Michelle :)

  8. I've also seen these at the dollar store and I agree, the possibilities are ENDLESS! Very clever Lisa!

  9. I am soooo puting this in my back pocket for later use! Love it!

  10. I love this, I have one of these galvanized buckets too, and now I have a good idea what I can do with it...thanks!

  11. Great idea and I love the color on this one! Thanks!

  12. CUTE CUTE idea! I love that galvanized buckets can have SO many uses!

    Thanks for sharing!


  13. As a kid you would cross your fingers that school was canceled. As a adult you cross your fingers that school isn't canceled. You love your kids but sometimes a fun day with them is exhausting.

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