Sunday, November 27, 2011

Apple Bucket #1

Hey everyone! I'm baaa-aaack! I hope ya'll had a marvelous Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful time with friends and celebrating some family birthdays that happen to fall in the same week (talk about your busy week! I'm beat). We just got home and I ran to the computer to say hello to all you lovelies.

Just in case you missed my tutorial on Jen's blog, (Simcoe Street) on how to spruce up your apple bucket, I thought I'd post it here for your enjoyment!

Also, don't forget to check out my guest post this week on Two Girls Being Crafty as part of their 12 Days of Christmas special! Exciting stuff!

I've had these apple buckets for a looooong time, always with the intention to change them in some way. I've seen lots of fun ideas all over blogland, but just did what I do best---procrastinate.

I decided this blog swap was the perfect push to make these baskets unique.

I started with some walnut stain, rubber gloves and a medium size paint brush. I watered down the stain (you just need a couple drops of water to get the right want it to be pretty runny) and used the brush to apply a layer of stain. A sponge brush worked well to get in all the little crevices.

After the stain dried, I used a 100 grit sandpaper to give the edges a big of a worn look. Nothing can look perfect in this house because...well, nothing looks perfect anyway.

I only had 2 baskets, and I wanted to do something different with each of them, so I just grabbed a number at Michael's (ok, ok, they were all on clearance and the 5's were the only ones left. You got me. ;)

I took it home and applied a layer of white. Again, I used my sandpaper to distress the edges.

Then, using my Distressing Ink, I ran it over the corners and raised edges. And with my trusty glue gun (yee-haw!) I attached it to the front of the apple bucket.


Oh, we had a fun little photo shoot, my apple bucket and I....

Shall we decorate you, little apple bucket? A little strip of burlap tied to the handle adds a nice little bit of character....

Oooh, love the worn edges...

And that's my little tutorial for sprucing up your apple bucket!

Don't forget to check back for the winner of the Shabby Apple giveaway! Have a wonderful week. 


  1. Adorable apple bucket! I love the added #5 and burlap.


  2. I love the symbolism behind the choice of #5 - HA! Great project -- it turned out really well.

  3. I was just trying to find something to put our mail in that wasn't plain and junky....this is perfect! Thanks!

  4. this looks great Meg! Thanks for sharing! laura

  5. OMGosh, I ♥ your apple buckets! That turned out soooo cute Ÿ

  6. Hi! Stopping by from CRAFT. Love your apple basket! It came out great :) I almost bought one of clearance yesterday but didnt know what I would do with it. Dang the luck! Thanks for sharing.. Ill have to go see if they still have them on sale!

  7. Adorable! And it's one of those crafts you could easily change up from season to season with a little ribbon or craft pick or whatever and impress the dickens out of everyone :)

  8. I have an apple basket in storage - but it is coming out now and getting a makeover! Thanks for sharing.
    Saw you on Gingersnaps.

  9. Ok-I am totally loving this! With so many little toys, army men, my little ponies, etc, we can never have enough storage! And this is WAY cuter than our plastic target bins:)


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