Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tricked Out Trick-or-Treat Bucket

Trick or treat! Preferably treat.


I was so unbelievably relieved to see this week's Iron Craft challenge, which is called Hold It. You may (or may not) have noticed that I haven't been posting much lately. It's not because of any tragedy or anything like that, so don't worry. I've just been so busy. So. Very. Busy. I have also been feeling much better lately. So much better, in fact, that I haven't been able to find time to veg in front of my laptop or at my craft desk. Yay (sorta)!

Wow! That was a serious digression. Sorry about that. Anyway. I was relieved because I had jazzed up Zara's trick-or-treat bucket on Sunday, which worked perfectly for this week's Iron Craft.

Zara's planning on going as Cinderella this year thanks to the generosity of my cousin Kristy Tolley's awesome daughters. They passed along some great dress-up clothes and Zara fell head over heels in love with the Cinderella costume. So, of course she needed a trick-or-treat bucket to match her pretty blue dress.


Ingredients:
  • Plastic trick-or-treat candy bucket
  • Mod Podge
  • Glitter
  • Glitter glue
  • Sponge brush
  • Cup
  • Craft stick
  • Hot glue gun & glue stick
  • Pearls
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors

The ingredients.

I started by filling in all of the black parts with some silver glitter glue. Notice that it's lumpy. Don't panic. That evens out when the glue dries.

I then mixed some Mod Podge with some fine grade glitter. This makes the pumpkin shimmer a bit. It's subtle. If you want more of an impact, use a larger glitter. I gave the outside of the pumpkin (but not the bottom) a coat of the mixture.  Se├ín was a huge help in this step. He held and rotated the bucket for me and had the glittery splotches on his hands to prove it.

Let the Mod Podge dry. The silver glitter glue will take overnight to dry, but you can go on to the handle in the meantime. Just be careful not to smudge it.

Pearls!
I glued a ribbon around the handle, keeping it as even as possible without driving myself nuts over it. I glued pearls around the hole on the top of the bucket and cut three even strands of pearls to dangle off of one side of the bucket. I made sure the first two pearls were firmly attached and allowed the rest to hang free. 

Dangly pearls!

I had a bit of leftover ribbon, so I tied a bow around the handle to hide the workings of the dangly pearls. 

Dangly pearls with a bow on top!

And that's it! 

Glitzier!


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