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:

The Farmer's Daughter said...

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!

Terrie HearthandWhimsy said...

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!

Erika said...

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

Glenda/MidSouth said...

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

Angie said...

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

Cozy Little House said...

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

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

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

Charm Bracelet Diva said...

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 :)

Full Circle Creations said...

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

Holly

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

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

Just got back from the Sacto flea feeling hot hot hot

Xoxo

Sharing Shadymont said...

Great collection! Love the collapsible bucket!!

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

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).

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

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.

Jan said...

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.

Diane Writes said...

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!

~ Liz ~ said...

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

Loretta said...

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

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

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!

Pam said...

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.

cynthia lee designs said...

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

Faire Notions said...

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

Kathy said...

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!

Bohemian said...

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

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

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

A Few Pennies said...

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.

~ Laura said...

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!!! :)

Connie Mercer said...

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!!!

Keeping it Cozy said...

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

Doreen said...

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!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

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

Joyness Sparkles said...

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

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

Laurie Marshall said...

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!!

Tricia @ Vintage No. 35 said...

I love them!

Dori Stowell said...

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.)

Dina said...

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

Pam said...

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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Fishtail Cottage said...

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

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Love the unique look you are giving them!

Peggy said...

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.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

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

Jen @ Creating with the J's said...

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

The Porcelain Rose said...

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

Debra said...

What a creative idea! they look absolutely wonderful!

Fishtail Cottage said...

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

Laurie said...

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!

Charles Alvarez said...

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