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Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Flowers and the French Bucket

Okay, I'm back as promised with instructions for a couple of projects.
First, the flower rosettes. I'm sure many of you have seen these before ~ I can't take credit for them. They are quite the addictive little project and oh so easy!

All you have to do is cut out little circles of polyester satin fabric in graduated sizes and then melt them {very carefully} over a candle flame.

I got so excited with this project that I forgot to take photos as I was going along...

I just kept cutting fabric and melting edges

However, you can go here for an excellent step by step tutorial with photos!
Plus, she has lots of other cool projects you can check out as well.
Now, on to the French bucket!
I did take step by step pics for this one.
I saw this bucket at the Christmas Tree Shop and at $2.99, I couldn't resist. I knew right away what I was going to do with it.

I picked out a font that I liked {Times New Roman} and printed out No.1 {size 180}

Turn your printed number over and on the back of your paper rub a pencil over the area where your number shows through

Now, flip the paper back over and put it where you want it on your bucket. Tape it in place.

Take your pencil and carefully trace your design {it doesn't have to be perfect}

Remove your paper and voila, your image has transferred to your bucket!! Now just get a thin paintbrush and a bottle of black acrylic paint and fill in your design. When you're finished painting, let it dry completely. Then, with a fine grit sandpaper very lightly sand your number to give it a worn appearance. Wipe away the sanding dust and go over the whole bucket with a glaze made of the same black paint and a little bit of water. You can add as little or as much water as you want. I made mine to be the consistency of milk. I took a wet paper towel dipped in the glaze and wiped it over the entire bucket. Right away, I wiped it again with a dry paper towel until I got the look I wanted. The last step was to add a little of the paint{full strength - no water added} to the lip of the bucket and to the edges of the handles. This sort of gives it the appearance of worn enamel.

And there you have it. A new worn, old french bucket.
Happy Saturday.
xo and God Bless,


Linda said...

Great projects, Kathleen, really lovely...I'm inspired! Thanks!

Blondie's Journal said...

I love your rosettes...these are the prettiest I have seen. Who would have thought to burn the edges? It makes them so realistic looking.

I have to try making the bucket. It definitely looks doable. You did a great job, Kathleen!


Barbara Jean said...

oooh. Thank you Kathleen! Really sweet bucket.

Tried the flowers form another post. Could not quite get the burned edge thing, so just came up with my own pattern and lace flowers. A different look, and a bit more work, but OK. =)

Blessings on your day.

barbara jean

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

I've never seen that rosette technique before, it does look addictive! Hugs, Kim