Thursday, October 7, 2010

Trick {or} Treat Bucket

While at the Dollar Tree a couple of weeks ago, I spotted this item -- over near the cleaning supplies and mops...

Forget about washing floors... in my mind, it had ~Halloween~ written all over it! And for only $1, I couldn't pass it up! 

On the drive home, I knew what I wanted to do with the bucket... Use it for Halloween candy! How cute would that be?? But I knew it needed to be dressed up a little... hmmmm...

"Trick -or- Treat"

in white letters


Initially, I wanted to do vinyl letters in some cool font. But, I don't have a vinyl cutter or anything like that. And when I looked online at some Etsy vendors, I realized it would probably cost me at least $15 to have something made and shipped. That just wasn't the kind of money I wanted to spend (I'm cheap frugal, remember??). So then I figured I could just buy some big white stickers, but I couldn't find anything big enough (let alone, even remotely interesting).

But then, while walking around Michaels waiting for inspiration... I spotted a Sharpie Paint Pen. Yes, that could work! I also spotted some really cute Halloween-themed rhinestone stickers. One was a decent price at only $0.99, but the rest were ridiculously priced at $3.99 each pack! But then... amidst the Christmas dollar spot bins (yes, I said Christmas!!! SO ridiculous!), I found some small sheets of individual rhinestones. I thought... I can make my OWN Halloween designs using the individual stones! So I grabbed one plain, one green and one orange pack as well as one gem pack and one of the $0.99 stickers. The pen was on sale so all of this only cost $7.50 plus tax. Not too bad.

I copied a font I found online (can't remember where) and used the paint pen to write "Trick -or - Treat" around the bucket and then added the spider sticker and made some of my own designs using the individual rhinestones. 

My DIY spider

DIY Pumpkin

Store-bought spider

It's hard to get a picture of the whole thing since the bucket is so big and the wording goes all around it... but here is the "far away" view...

Overall, I think it came out pretty cute. Not bad for about $7 total (since I didn't use up the entire paint pen and I still have some rhinestones left over). What do you think??

I'm linking up this post to the following parties (also see Linky Parties Tab above):
House of Hepworths
The Shabby Chic Cottage
Between U & Me
Somewhat Simple
A Little Knick Knack

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  1. It's very cute! Great idea! Love the bling on it :)

  2. This turned out so stinkin' CUTE! I would just love if you would come over to Crazy Cute at Between U & Me and share this with everyone! :)

  3. Yay! Thanks for coming over to Crazy Cute! :D

  4. That's adorable. I had seen some black and orange buckets at Michaels and couldn't think of something cute to do with them. Great idea

  5. What a great idea-I just love the Dollar Tree-to transform something ordinary to something great!

  6. This is so cute! Great idea!

  7. This is too cute! I love the Dollar Tree. I hope you'll come link this up to my Halloween party this weekend! It's adorable, great work.


  8. This is so, so cute. Love the shiny spiders. I just say these buckets in the Dollar Tree yesterday! Great idea!

  9. cute! I like the spiders....the DIY spider is my favorite!

  10. Adorable!! My 3 year old wants to be a "bee" for halloween and keeps saying she wants a "bee bucket" for candy. Now my head is "abuzz(ha!)" with ideas! I think I'll be making a trip to the dollar store this weekend!:)

  11. I bought my bucket 2 weeks ago to do the same thing! I have not added the vinyl yet but that's the plan!

  12. The DIY spiders are absolutely fabulous!! I am so going to attempt this one!

  13. I love it! I need a something to hold candy--you've inspired me!

  14. Love it! Am going to try something similar this weekend. :)

  15. That is sooo stinkin' cute!!!!!!

  16. Really cute! I love the font you used and the sticker bling. Great job!
    ~stopping by from Tatertots & Jello! :)

  17. Oh my gosh! This is so cute. I used vinyl for my buckets but if my writing was a good as yours I would have written it. Love your blingy spiders too. You rock! I'm hosting We're Organized Wednesday next Wednesday and would love for you to join the party. You'll love the giveaway too.

  18. I recognize that bucket...I have a few myself :)
    It looks great!!

  19. That is super cute, and I love the added bling!

  20. I saw the same bucket and almost picked it up thinking I could find something to do with it! I'm not sure if my apartment complex has many trick or treaters but I'm going to find out and if we do I know how to make a cute candy bucket!

  21. Such a cute idea-Love those paint pens-you'd spend a fortune ordering this from a catalog! NICE!!

  22. This bucket is adorable! When I first saw the pictures I thought it was did a really great with the writing! I love the diy spider too:)

  23. Adorable buckets. A girl can always have some blig no matter her age!

  24. Great way to think fast! Love your DIY rhinestone art.


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