If you’re like me, you hate spending money on pointless, expensive gifts. I think it’s wasteful to spend money on someone just to be able to cross their name off of some list. Where’s the thoughtfulness in that? Who has money to blow like that? Not I! If I’m going to spend money on a gift, it’s got to be special and personal.
So, I transformed this old, ugly-but-still-potentially-cute bucket from the thrift store for super cheap. Yep–with just paint and some of my favorite crafting supplies. And I shipped it off to my friend Kristen for her 40th birthday. This is the same girl who spray painted all the door knobs in her house. HA! So, yeah, she appreciates crafty stuff like this!
Your crafty friend’s would enjoy something like this, too! Keep reading to find out how to do it:
So I hit up the thrift store (surprise, surprise) and found this cute, but a bit too
dingy “vintage-y” bucket for $1.90. But it was perfect! I wanted something that would look fabulous with paint. And it was just the right size for all the crafting supplies that I wanted to stuff inside!
I added a secret message at the bottom, once my friend removed all her goodies :). I love that!!
I found some of my favorite crafting supplies to stuff it with:
Here’s the BEFORE and AFTER of the bucket, painted with Annie Sloan chalk paint, with hand-written “CREATIVITY” quotes for inspiration!
How I Did It
I used Annie Sloan chalk paint, because it’s fabulous (but expensive–thankfully I had some on-hand!). I used Aubusson Blue, which I absolutely love because of the rich color. I painted this $5.00 thrift store kid’s desk in this Aubusson Blue, and fell in love with it. I also used Duck Egg for this “DIY Craft Pack” project, which is the same color I used for the ombre “Dumpster Desk” that I found next to a dumpster. These are two of my favorite colors and they look great together!!
I have to point out brushes: USE QUALITY BRUSHES!! I tried using this scraggly-looking brush here on the left, because it was smaller and I thought it would be helpful in this project. WRONG. The bristles were horrible and uneven. So I whipped out my Purdy paint brushes, although it was large. Those things are the BEST!!! Highly recommended.
So after painting the body, I had to do something about those black, worn handles. It was time for the Rub ‘n Buff . It’s great for adding some metallic color to accents (think: handles, knobs, anything to be highlighted). It goes on so smoothly with their finger, or with an old cloth, and you buff it out to a shine. Here, I used cut up pieces of baby receiving blankets (TIP: baby receiving blankets make GREAT crafting towels, not to mention homemade cloth baby wipes!)
I also used the Rub n Buff on the inside. Didn’t like the black….. Then I taped off the raised edges to rub those….
I also made sure to finish off the bottom of the bucket. Can you imagine the embarrassment if someone turns over a painted item and it’s crappy underneath?! Oh, the HORROR!
The Rub n’ Buff turned out great, and I love how the boring black and dingy inside and handles are now sparkling!
And here’s something fun– when you’re giving a gift, add a secret message that the gift-ee may discover later! 🙂
I also made sure to wax it with a soft cloth (again, a baby receiving blanket! LOL). Can you tell the difference in the waxed area versus non-waxed?
Best “Creativity” Quotes EVER
Did you notice the writing on the basket? I wanted this “DIY Craft Pack” to be “CREATIVITY” themed, so I found some awesome quotes on creativity, and hand-wrote those with cool chalk ink markers. Those markers work on regular chalkboard paint as well as Annie Sloan chalk paint, which I didn’t realize until this project!
Here are the some of the best creativity quotes. You can even use these for making inexpensive DIY wall art, too!
What To Stuff Inside Your DIY Craft Pack Gift Basket
Here are some of the most popular craft supplies. Be creative and include what you want, but here are my favorites!
1. I think I’ve said already how much I love Rub n’ Buff. ‘Nuff said, right? Definitely include it in your “DIY Craft Pack”!
2. Mod Podge is the greatest invention since sliced bread! I mod podged a bookshelf using scrapbooking paper and it’s amazing how easy it was. Check out Mod Podge Rocks for a whole bunch of crafting ideas you can do with Mod Podge. I also include a brayer. If you’re going to give Mod Podge, be sure to include a brayer to smooth out the bubbles of what they’ll be gluing down.
4. Now THIS is something I would love to try: a stencil cutter! Who wouldn’t love to create their own stencils? There are even DIY versions of ways to make your own stencils at home, using Exacto knives and slide projector sheets. But I wanted to include this in my friend’s “DIY Craft Pack.” Be sure to pick up the blank stencil sheets. And use coupons, especially from Hobby Lobby!
Some other things I included in the “DIY Craft Pack” was a jar of plaster of paris, and pasted a decorate top (using scrapbooking paper glued on), and I attached a pretty, decorative paper cut-out recipe for how to make your own chalk paint.
Unfortunately, I forgot to get a picture of the finished “DIY chalk paint” set after attaching the cute recipe! Oh, well…….(GIFT TIP: If your gift-ee lives locally, consider including in your “DIY Craft Pack” a quart, or sample, of your favorite paint, along with the pretty jar of plaster of paris. I couldn’t include a quart of paint in my gift because it’s illegal to mail paint. Grrrr…..)
Other DIY Gift Basket Ideas and Things to Include:
Samples of your favorite paint
Babysitting “Crafting” coupons so your friend can have a few uninterrupted hours to be creative!
Your favorite crafting books!
So do you guys like doing gift baskets for DIY gifts? What’s the best gift basket you’ve ever given or received? Leave a comment below and inspire us with your ideas!