Sunday, August 12, 2012

New Labels for Old Buckets

Old buckets have a way of finding their way home with me especially when I can pick them up for next to nothing at yards sales and flea markets.   My pile has been growing taller over the last couple of months, so I figured it was about time to do something with them.

The Graphics Fairy and Mod Podge to the rescue.
A super quick, inexpensive, and very easy way to dress up an old bucket.

They sure look naked except for the bright blue Baker Boy orange spread bucket; I wasn't about to disturb that fabulous old label.

All of these labels were printed in color on plain white paper using an ink jet printer.  Applying Mod Podge directly on images from an ink jet printer can cause the ink to bleed a little, but I've found that waiting a day or two to let the ink cure helps keep the bleeding to a minimum.  I wasn't real concerned about a little bleeding because I was going for a rustic and vintage look anyway, but you could always use a laser printer

After trimming the labels, I wrinkled them and roughed up the edges a bit.  No need to do anything more because they came directly from The Graphics Fairy with this wonderful 
aged look.

One light coat of matte Mod Podge was added to the back of the label with a sponge brush and placed directly on the bucket.  I waited about 20 minutes until it was dry, then went over just the surface of the label with a watered down coat of Mod Podge.  Even though I was using a matte finish, watering the Mod Podge down just a little makes the end result less shiny.

I wouldn't leave these outside where water will be an issue, but they're perfect for holding indoor plants, dried flowers, magazines, craft supplies, etc.

I love the collapsible antique water bucket on the left just the way it is.

Duplex Water Pail No. 12,  Mfd by the Planet Co. Patent 639822, Westfield, Mass USA.
I did a little research on these and found that they were manufactured from 1899-1920 and were used by the railroads, the military, and on fire trucks.  Some models even had a canvas spout attached.

It collapses, but does it still hold water?  I couldn't resist putting it to the test....

It took about ten minutes until R. Ducky was sitting at the bottom of the bucket.  Oh well, it was a great find and will still hold a bouquet of dried hydrangeas.

I'm partying with:
Southern Hospitality for Today's Thrifty Treasures
The Graphics Fairy for Brag Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Tuesday
Cozy Little House for Tweak It Tuesday
My 1929 Charmer for Sunday's Best
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
FishTail Cottage for Cottage Garden Party


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47 comments:

  1. I love buckets, too, and buy every one I see--that's reasonable, that is! I truly love the way yours look with the labels. I'll try it one day soon! Thanks!

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  2. I love your collection of buckets! I've got a few of my own that I'm going to try your technique with. What a great idea and so cute!

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  3. These buckets look so great, I love what you did to them, thanks for sharing.

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  4. Another cute idea !
    I have not visited the graphics fairy in a while.

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  5. I love those old buckets too and you have a wonderful stash of them! I love the addition of the labels you added - just what they needed to make them extraordinary!

    Blessings,
    Angie

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  6. Wow! Yours look really old. Wish I could find some like that!
    Brenda

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  7. They look great bunched together, Betsy. I love playing with buckets and pails too. Love the one that collapses.

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  8. Glad to see that you got your mod podge on! Funny, I just googled how to put graphics onto galvanized buckets, seriously! And mod podge was what came up. I have an old bucket and a newer tallish vase-like container I'm going to try it on. Yours look great! And how about that collapsible bucket? Wild! Love the duck :)

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  9. I adore your buckets! They turned out great! And that collapsible bucket is an amazing find!

    Holly

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  10. Love your bucket collection Betsy especially that collapsible one!! !

    Just got back from the Sacto flea feeling hot hot hot

    Xoxo

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  11. Great collection! Love the collapsible bucket!!

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  12. These are really cute! Love your choice of graphics. I bought some exterior Mod Podge to try on pots for the outdoors (haven't used it yet though).

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  13. The plain-jane buckets look so much better with your mod podge labels. That collapsible bucket is so interesting as is. I don't blame you for leaving it just like you found it.

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  14. They look really cute. I use an ink jet printer also. I found that if I spray the paper, after printing, with clear spray paint it keeps the ink from bleeding when I decoupage them. Let the spray dry completely before you use them. Give this a try and see how it works for you. Good luck.

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  15. It's my first time to encounter a collapsible antique water pail. I was amazed haha and I love it.

    Have a great day Betsy!

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  16. I'm a bucket lover too and just have to stop myself because I only have so much space. But I love your idea of putting the labels on them. They look so sweet! That collapsible bucket is very cool. I can't imagine stumbling upon such a treasure around here. But then one never knows, right?
    Liz

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  17. Super idea...Love the vintage look of them! Thanks for the share! Wishing you a fab week to come!

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  18. You have so many great buckets, I find them but not at great prices. Love the vintage look of the buckets and your labels so great with them. I so want that collapsible one, so darn cool. If any are missing don't look my way! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – it helped make the party a success!

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  19. You are a great spokesperson for Graphic Fairy. Maybe they should feature some of your creations on their website.

    These buckets are so charming. Perfect for indoor plants or on a covered patio.

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  20. Love the buckets...they all look great!!
    Cindy

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  21. Love your buckets. If that canvas collapsible bucket could talk...
    Lisa

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  22. I love the way they turned out and thanks for the tip on letting the ink jet dry for a day and less likely to bleed. Saves me some trips to the copy shop! BTW, I have found Modge Podge to be VERY water-proof once it is dry. I even had something accidently fall into a bucket of water and sit two days and the Modge Podge STILL didn't come loose. I dont think there is anything that takes that stuff off once it is dry!

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  23. These turned out great! Thanks for the Tutorial on how you Created them. Now... I'll be on the Hunt for Old Buckets! *Winks*

    Dawn... The Bohemian

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  24. These are wonderful Betsy! I have a bit of a bucket collection myself... Thanks for the tip on watering the Mod Podge for the "top coat"! I'm going to do that next time :) Laurel

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  25. LOVE your old buckets--I'm on the hunt for some too. Your blog is just awesome--great things so near and dear to my junking heart! Have a great week.

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  26. They are fantastic!!! You are just so amazingly creative!!! I've had an idea percolating for a while and I think you just provided the missing link!! Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!! :)

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  27. Before I went down the publishing road I used to junk up old stuff and paint on it. i would do fairs and craft shows~I had many of these buckets~always a good seller!!! Great blog post Betsy!!!

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  28. What a fabulous collection of buckets! And they look great with the labels.

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  29. Betsy
    I've been stalking your blog for months now, and now following, although I do subscribe to your email feed as well.
    I love your altered buckets, so much so that I pinned this!

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  30. It's crazy how you can get on a roll of one particular find, I think I have only found 4 buckets ever. Good tip to wrinkle the labels and rough up the edges!!

    Carol

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  31. What a cute, cute idea! They look adorable...I really like your buckets. :)

    ***Stopping by from Make It Pretty Monday, have a great week.

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  32. Isn't it funny how suddenly you start finding a lot of one thing in particular? I went through a globe era, then it was clipboards and vintage wooden hangers, now I seem to find old rulers and silver trays everywhere. Not that I'm complaining... ;)

    LOVE these buckets!!

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  33. I just love these! I did one myself just a few weeks ago and don't want to give it up! (I had thought to sell it, but can't bring myself.)

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  34. Oh I love buckets too! You did a great job on them with the graphics!

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  35. Your buckets look pretty cute with their new labels. I have never seen a collapsable one before. I guess you can't expect it to be 100% water worthy after all those years.

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  36. That was me. I forgot to sign into my correct Google ID.

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  37. really cute idea! would love to have you share this at this weeks garden party on Thursday? xoox, tracie

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  38. Love the unique look you are giving them!

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  39. I love the buckets! I've been toying with the idea of painting, aging and applying labels to old tins and cans for a similar effect, but I think next week when I finally get to go junking, I'm going to look for actual buckets. Inspiring as usual. Have a great week.

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  40. Really pretty! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  41. Oh your buckets turned out fab!! I am going to have take a look around your blog too! Stopped in from 1929 Charmer!

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  42. Love the buckets!!
    What a great idea.
    I have several of these old buckets and a few sap buckets stashed in my shed. They would look wonderful with vintage labels. Thanks for inspiring me.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Will visit again soon.
    Elizabeth

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  43. What a creative idea! they look absolutely wonderful!

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  44. Yay - so glad you came over and linked up - i am in love with those buckets...Thank you so much for linking up to the Garden Party! xoox, tracie

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  45. Ooh, thank you for the tip about waiting a day so the ink doesn't run...your buckets are just lovely, what an easy, fun project!

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  46. Wow! This is so nice. I like your idea in making this really buckets an appreciable stuff. You did a wonderful job. Thank you.

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