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Cute tin Frankenstein pails! Plus a GIVEAWAY!

Hello, everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was rather boring, just hung around the house, did a little shopping, etc. Nothing too exciting. Except for these.. yes, THESE cute little tin Frankenstein buckets made my weekend! I think they came out totally adorable! I came across these little buckets and picked them up thinking I could do ‘something’ with them.. then it clicked! They are the perfect ‘Frankenstein green’!

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Cute, cute, sooo stinkin’ cute!

I had a lot of fun making these! I just fired up the Sizziz eclips.. got my vinyl and ribbon out, and started gettin’ down in crafty town!…

Sounds so glamorous, right? ‘Gettin’ down in crafty town’ Ha! A quick project turned into an ordeal with a kid peeling up my vinyl to ‘help’.. GAH! Hellooooo you weirdos. You need yourself some transfer tape! lol. Then it was snacks.. then it was a spider.. then it was wanting to help cut ribbon.. which resulted in a spool of ribbon being completely unwound. Did I mention I love my kiddos?.. lol. It was mid-day on a weekend.. I was already asking for trouble there. And since I have been obsessed with using my new kitchen nook table, I sat out there. That was asking for even MORE trouble.

Note to self: No crafting on weekends ‘by myself’ with all three kiddos here and no hubby around to keep them entertained.

So, after 2.3 anxiety attacks, they were complete!

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I added beautimous bows to the ‘girl’ ones. I love the bows! I am not much of a bow maker… but TODAY.. Today the bow gods took me in their hands and guided me to bow-awesomeness!

*Says the expert bow maker reading my blog right now*… “Uh.. that bow looks like it came out of the dumpster after being teethed on by a drooly baby that just ate a jar of carrots”.

OK.. hey there, ‘expert bow maker’. Nobody asked you! Mmmkay?

 

 

Moving on…
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I added each kiddos name to the back of their pails.

For people with multiple spawns.. Er.. Children.. You know how it is. If it’s not ‘officially’ deemed ‘theirs’ by a name, being licked, etc. it will become a war at one point or another over who’s is who’s. What’s amazing is this doesn’t happen with the messes in their rooms. Nobody wants to claim that, do they?..

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I love the bucket stuffing I chose. It looks like messy monster hair! But for $5.00 for a small bag.. it’s borderline robbery. It’s friggin’ shredded plastic for cryin’ out loud! What’s this world coming to?

Obviously I like to be robbed.. as it came home with me anyways.

 

So, here’s some little deets on how I made it.

The junk:

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  • An electronic die cutter (Sizzix eclips)
  • Green tin buckets. You can spray paint any ‘ol boring tin pail, too!
  • Find yourself a monster face cutting file.. or find a way to make your own like I did.
  • Vinyl; black and white.. and some transfer tape.
  • A cage… to lock kids in so they don’t destroy your vinyl and un-roll your ribbons.
  • Ribbon to make bows.. or tie onto the handles.
  • Hot glue (for bows)
  • Basket stuffing.. that hopefully isn’t $5.00 a pack like mine was.
  • Buttons (I used some from Dooodlebug Designs last fall.

First you will need to find a monster face you like in a cutting file format. This was quite the task as there’s not really that many ‘cutesy’ Frankenstein faces out there in SVG file land (hello, SVG making peeps! We want cute monsters!) So, I remembered I had THESE cute cupcake graphics and with some little editing, I used one of the faces! I liked the girly face as well, but with the lashes being so long and lack of hair, it wouldn’t have looked so ‘Frankenstein’ish’

I loaded some vinyl into my Sizzix eclips and cut it! I LOVE that the preset ‘vinyl’ setting cuts the ‘perfect’ kiss cut! AKA:  It will cut just the vinyl and not through the backing. This makes transferring WAY easier) Make sure you change your blade setting on the machine, too!
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I like to use my Sizzix die pick to weed the vinyl. It comes in the Sizzix TOOL KIT for the eclips, which is a must have kit!

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Hello, perfectly cut vinyl pieces! Come to mama!!! I’m-ma ’bout to slap ya on a bucket! And you’re gonna like it!

Sorry.. getting a little strange for you now?…

 

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I cut my vinyl into pieces like this to layer and position easier. First I did the hair/scar, then smile, then the whites of the eyes, and last was the black parts of the eyes. You have to layer them like so:

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I did a darn good job! *back pats* I am usually not all that great at layering vinyl just right. There’s a science to it, I swear.. But these.. these came out perfect!

*Says the expert vinyl layering chick who’s currently reading this*…………

LOL! OK, I won’t go there again.. (And if you didn’t read this looong post all the way through you might not ‘get’ this.. so go be a good little blog visitor and read the post!…. or ignore me and just look at my cute bucket. Either way I am glad you’re here!)

And that’s it! Add your ribbons, tag, etc. to personalize it! A quick and easy project perfect for gift giving!

Likey? Pin it! I love seeing my stuff pop up on Pinterest!

 

GIVEAWAY!

Want one? Maybe you don’t want to bother making your own.. maybe you don’t have a way to cut vinyl.. maybe you just want something that I have breathed on and might contain a sample of my DNA?.. Well just leave a comment to enter to win! I will pick one winner on Friday, 9/7! You will get the choice of having a name and a bow added or not! These buckets are about 7″ wide (with handles) and 4″ tall. A great size for some Halloween treats!

See ya!


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Comments

  1. Thienly says:

    That is too darn cute! and yeah, it’s the PERFECT green! Me loves what you did over the weekend! hehe… love your crazy stories, but what’s more crazy is that you can create this awesomeness when your kids are around!

  2. Myoriah says:

    You are so funny girl. I love reading your blog and this one in particular has me still laughing as I can see everything happening like the help with the vinyl and the ribbon. By the way I thought your bows were expert looking and was going to ask for a tutorial on how to make them. Have a Great week!

  3. Wow – just love your bucket. I’ve never tried to cut vinyl before – thanks to your great tutorial may give it a try. Everything was clear on the materials but I do have a question for you…do you think the dog crate will work for kids? :)

  4. Sabrina says:

    This is too too cute!

  5. Brigit says:

    Totally adorable Tamara, great job with the vinyl it’s perfect! The hair looks so awesome love that basket stuffing!

  6. Cassie says:

    those are very cute!

  7. Jamie Greene says:

    This is so cute! Great idea:)

  8. Lisa says:

    Hahaha….love your blog post….very funny! And, yes, I did read all the way to the bottom.

    I love how the buckets turned out, they are so adorable and perfect for halloween. Your bows turned out beautiful!

  9. Donna O'Neil says:

    Love it! Great job! I would love to win it since, I admit, I am to lazy to make one myself.

  10. Michelle R says:

    I love it!!!

  11. This is super cute!

  12. Linda Vanorio says:

    You are so stinking talented and always amaze me with your creativability (is this a word) LOL. Love oh Frankie Poo thanks for sharing your ideas with us!!!

  13. Mary R. says:

    Sooooooo cool! These are adorable! And I had so much fun reading through your whole post! Hilarious! The pricey basket filler IS perfect! Off to pin this!

  14. Spicyemt says:

    I LOVE these!!!!!! You are so amazing with all the things you create!! AND you do a GREAT job in informing others on how to make it! LOVE!!

  15. Elisa says:

    Oh my gosh! These are just the cutest things I’ve ever seen! I love love love them! Perhaps it has something to do with my favorite holiday being Halloween! Thanks for sharing! I would love to win on these!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Gwen Lords says:

    These are so stinkin cute!! I would love to win one, especially with your DNA on it, maybe some of your craftiness would rub off on me!!! Seriously love your blog and have followed you for a long time.

  17. JULI C says:

    so so cute!
    i’d love to win one. But i have 2 kiddies, if one gets one the other wants one too!! you know how it is!
    ha ha

  18. Joanne says:

    These are soo cute! Love them!

  19. very cute!

  20. Jodi Eager says:

    Tamara I LOVE all of your crafty projects you do! Since i live right down the street from you some day I wwould love to see some of your crafty equipment you use like the sizzix you mention you used on this project. You have great talent! :)

  21. Dawn Sakuda says:

    Love these buckets! So cute! These would be awesome to decorate in our office!

  22. Michelle Perez says:

    I’m such a fan and admirer of all the wonderful goodies you create! These buckets are too cute and my 3 year old would love it!

  23. Kelly says:

    Super cute! Love that one of the supplies was a cage! LOL – Can husbands go in that cage too? Would love one for me (first I thought for my son, but hey – I need a little cuteness in my life!)

  24. Kerys says:

    Omgosh! These are just adorable! I so love reading your blog – it makes for such a great start to the day :-) I’m definitely going to look into making some of these – ie never cut vinyl before – should be a good challenge! Thank you so much for the inspiration and the chance to win! :-) x

  25. Charlene Glover says:

    These are adorable! I would love them! Thanks for sharing, love your blog. Always inspiring.

  26. Jennifer Martinez says:

    I would love a chance to win! These are adorable, thanks for the chance!

  27. Cathy Harper says:

    Be still my heart…I love these! So happy you had time to create these little monsters in crafty town…too clever!

  28. Bettina Athey says:

    These are adorable! You did an awesome job. I love them.

  29. Sara says:

    Super cute! I have some buckets kickin’ around here, might have to try this project! Thanks for sharing Tamara! You’re so darn creative!

  30. Melissa says:

    So stinkin cute.

  31. Helen H. says:

    Another fabulously cute desing!

  32. Helench says:

    I love this. Even I could do it! Cute.

  33. Cuteness in a bucket. LOVE them! Pick me! Pick me!

  34. kimberly says:

    WOW these are fabulous…great colour and i just love love love the face…Thanks so much for sharing and giving us a chance at winning some of your creativeness…..

  35. ashley c says:

    i love this! how creative and cute for a treat bucket :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

  36. KellyG says:

    Sooooo cute! My gosh, love these! So creative!

  37. Lauralee L. says:

    These are so stinkin’ cute!! I would absolutely love to win one…just minus the DNA and all. ;) ooohhhh you should make some flair with little monsters like these!!

  38. Michele says:

    Super cute Tamara!

  39. Melissa says:

    You are so talented, T! Love these!

  40. Janelle S says:

    Always so clever, Tamara! I love the buckets! I hope we get to have one at our house cuz I haven’t gotten around to getting a cutter (yet)!

    *fingers crossed*!!

  41. Meredith Klobucnik says:

    Oh my gosh I LOVE these, your so creative! I don’t have a way to cut the vinyl so would love to be entered in to win a bucket <3 Thanks for the chance!

  42. Kristy says:

    Love it!

  43. Ann P says:

    Super cute Tamara!

  44. sue h. w. says:

    i love the frankenstein buckets. was all excited to make one, but i don’t have the vinyl cutting appartus that you have. would really like to win a bucket :)

  45. Kaye says:

    So cute!! You did a great job!

  46. Tess says:

    I love your Halloween pails. They are the cutest. I have a circuit but haven’t really used it much but now that I have seen these I really want to make them for my sons kindergarten class

  47. Julieta says:

    Great job! That green is the perfect shade for Frankenstein-too cute!

  48. Shellye says:

    Oh, girl! This made my day :D And of course I want some of your DNA, so just put my name on one of those pails hehehe
    I think it’s GENIUS! Love some Halloween and especially ‘ole Frankie :)
    I’ll admit that I saw your post on FB and it brought me over here LOL
    You’re amazing…don’t forget that!

  49. These are adorable!

    Lesley
    TrendyTwine.com

  50. This turned out sooooo cute, Tamara! Love everything about these. So fun. Really made me smile. :)

  51. Lorraine M. says:

    Hi! Just wanted to tell you that your buckets are the sweetest! Love reading your blog – your writing always makes me smile, and your projects are wonderful! TFS your talents!

  52. melisa alzammar says:

    These buckets are too cute. You are super talented. Awesome job! Thanks for the tutorial too.

  53. This is such a cute and fun project! And I love how you write up your tutorials… not to weird for me at all, lol!

  54. Noreen says:

    Frankie has always been a favorite of mine. I would love to have one! Thanks for the chance to win.

  55. Jeniff says:

    Beautiful project, thanks for the chance to win.

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