Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Perhaps you are having a party with some of your children’s friends, or maybe you’ve got bring something to hand out at your child’s school. These cute little buckets embellished with rhinestones and easy to make. Plus, they are an inexpensive DIY Valentine gift. This makes a great gift for children filled with small candies. Additionally, place a battery- operated votive candle inside for a unique table setting. Either one of these would also make great wedding favors.
I picked these buckets up on clearance a few years ago at my local craft store. However, colored buckets without the heart cutouts are available at Amazon for about 50 cents each.(https://www.amazon.com/Juvale-2-Inch-Small-Metal-Buckets/dp/B076D6XQKD/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1547210452&sr=8-1&keywords=craft+2+inch+diameter+metal+buckets). The rick rack trim I picked up at Walmart for $1 for each color. Most likely you can buy this in bulk for cheaper. Another idea is to use lace as trim instead of rick rack. Depending on the brand of rhinestones and the design, rhinestones may cost you between $2 and $5 per bucket. Then total cost may run you between $3.50 - $8.00 per bucket.
How to DIY Valentine Gift
Glue the trim to the buckets. You can glue the trim along the top and bottom edges or along the middle. For this project, I used Gem-Tac. Gem-Tac dries clear and is easy to apply. Although not specifically recommended for metal, it does adhere fabric to metal nicely. And the rhinestones will be applied to the trim which is fabric. If you decide to apply rhinestones directly to the metal, I recommend using E6000 for a stronger bond.
Once dry, glue 12ss rhinestone along the trim, again using a color contrasting to the trim but complimentary to the bucket color. Place a drop of glue slightly smaller that the rhinestone on the trim. Using a wax tipped tool or tweezers, pick up a rhinestone and gently press it onto the glue drop. Allow to dry for 24 hours.
To make a sweet treat, wrap candies in plastic wrap and tie with curling ribbon. Pop in a battery- operated tea light for a table setting (do not use real tealight candles as the flame will scorch the inside of the bucket). Both variations make great party favors.
So, go ahead and throw a party for Valentine’s Day. Make this easy, inexpensive DIY Valentine gift hand out in celebration of love.
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I have been adding bling for over 20 years. Through my projects, I hope you find inspiration.