Monday, October 13, 2014

15 Minute Customized Halloween Buckets (On The Cheap)

Halloween and fall crafts have completely taken over my craft room the last few weeks!! Apparently, I'm not the only one because as you'll see later in the post my buddies form the Silhouette Challenge group are in full on fall mode, too.

I've been knee-high in witch boots for weeks!  I purchased a few Halloween buckets at Target's Dollar Spot this year to personalize for the kiddos and their friends.

Long before I had the buckets I had a reader request asking how one would go about making something just like this.  It looks complicated. It looks like a whole lot of layering.  It's actually not.  Whether you want to go out and purchase all the design pieces (there are a few similar designs in the Silhouette Online Store), the entire design or do a trace in Silhouette Studio is up to you. I can tell you that I found a pair of witch legs clipart, traced and then modified the design to make the boots higher and add the buckles (just a square with an internal offset).

When I'm working in Studio I like to fill each piece of my design with the color of vinyl or paper on which it will eventually be cut so I can see how it will all come together.  It's hard to visualize the finished bucket when my design looks like this ...


BUT when I fill in the design elements with the fill color tool (in blue along the top tool bar below):  boots with black, the legs with a purple polka dot pattern (one of those standard in Studio's pattern folder), and so on it all comes together!  You'll notice there is NO reason to layer all those white polka dots on the legs because you can get patterned vinyl from places like Expressions Vinyl and My Vinyl Direct.


The font  - because I know I'm going to get questions is - Janda Style Script from PicMonkey. I typed it out in Picmonkey, saved it and then brought it into Studio to trace then added a .015 offset to thicken it up just slightly. For more on using PicMonkey designs in Silhouette Studio click here.

I arranged all of the pieces on my virtual mat in Studio (left).  Then I placed all of vinyl on my cutting mat (right) being sure the correct colors were placed in the correct grids. This is another reason those fill colors come in handy.  For an in-depth tutorial on cutting several colors and designs at once click here for a tutorial.

I cut all of my pieces at once.


Once everything was cut, I was in business.  I layered the buckles on the boots using the 'eyeball method.' ;) Clear transfer tape is key!


I then use transfer tape to place the witch legs on the bucket, then the boots and finally the name.  That's seriously all there is to it!


Now I will tell you that the vinyl, even the 651 permanent/outdoor vinyl, didn't love the glitter buckets.  So to ensure the vinyl wasn't going anywhere, I put a layer of gloss mod podge over the entire design making sure that the edges were sealed down.


The mod podge dries clear...and quickly.



Aren't these so stinkin' cute? I made a few different designs since I thought the witch legs might not go over so well with the boys.

Want to Check Out More Halloween-inspired Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies and I are all sharing projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Paper Rosette Fall Wreath Hello Fall Sign Halloween Paper Bag Luminaries Spooky Mantle Ghost Town Dollar Store Placemat Jack O' Lantern Copper and Paper Embellished Pumpkins Ugly Sweater Wineglass Charms DIY Fall Leave Paper Wreath Starry Pumpkin Burlap & BOO Halloween Wreath Fall Paper Petals Fall Leaves Favor Tags 15 Minute Customized Halloween Buckets Gravestone Treat Bags with Free Cut File Beware of Zombies Halloween Shadow Box Welcome Sign Vampire Bat Specimen Boo-tiful Halloween Treats Little Turkey No Sew Thanksgiving Onesie Frozen Halloween Treats & Free Printable Fall Leaf Keychain Fall Lovin October Silhouette Challenge Punny #Hashtag Halloween Costume Still Falling For You Card DIY Etched Leaf Coasters
1. Create & Babble // 2. Lil Mrs. Tori // 3. unOriginal Mom // 4. Zanaree // 5. The Kim Six Fix // 6. One Dog Woof // 7. Cupcakes & Crowbars // 8. Living My Given Life // 9. Architecture of a Mom // 10. Put A Bird On It // 11. Just Add Paper // 12. Weekend Craft // 13. Silhouette School // 14. Minted Strawberry // 15. My Paper Craze // 16. McCall Manor // 17. Chicken Scratch NY // 18. Mama Sonshine // 19. Creative Ramblings // 20. From Wine to Whine // 21. Please Excuse My Craftermath... // 22. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 23. The Thinking Closet // 24. Simply Kelly Designs // 25. Sandpaper & Glue //

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Thanks for coming to class today at Silhouette School.  If you like what you see, I'd love for you to pin it!


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