So the thing is, I am not crafty. Like at all. The limitations of my creativity lie solely in the vision & capturing of portraits. I cannot bake to save my life, I can’t sew worth beans and any time I pick up a hot glue gun, I end up with more blisters than any crafty masterpiece. So when I say that literally ANYONE can make these buckets, I truly mean it. Because if I can do it, then you definitely can!
As a newborn photographer, I really like buckets. I love having tiny babies perfectly placed in them, surrounded with fluffy material. Babies in buckets just makes me happy….and I know I am not alone. Newborn props are such a huge thing, and buckets in particular are all the rage. Recently I saw someone online post about their own bucket prop making adventure and for a split second I caught myself wondering if I could make one too! So I did a bit of research. I went to my neighbourhood friendly Michaels store and began asking questions. I knew I wanted matte buckets as shiny ones really weren’t my style. So we talked about paint, clear coats, safety and equipment. And off I went to the cash register with buggy full of painting supplies. Who was I and what had I done with Darla?
I made a plan of action and then implemented it. And of course documented the journey. So here is how I took a plain metal bucket and made it into a beautiful newborn prop.
Supplies you will need:
-Matte paint for your main bucket colour (I used spray paint just for ease, but you could totally use a paint and a brush)
-Matte clear acrylic coating
-A paint brush or two
-Old terry cloth rag
-Small container of both black & brown chalk paint
So this is how you go from plain metal bucket to beautiful matte newborn bucket props!
1. I realize this is stating the obvious, but pick up your metal bucket. You know, with your hands and get ready to paint.
2. Prepare to get dirty because you are going to spray paint that bucket like you’ve never spray painted before! Ensure you are in a well ventilated area and use the spray can as per the directions on the can. Be careful to spray evenly to avoid drips….because those are a bugger to fix. Paint your bucket as per the can instructions leaving hours in between coats for proper curing.
Then take your bucket into the studio and take pretty photos of it because you’re so stinkin’ proud you actually made something! Feel free to high five yourself or share a glass of wine with the nearest human. Because you painted a bucket today. And that makes you awesome!
3. The next day (or if you don’t want to wait that long because you’re impatient & you’ve ensured your paint has adequately dried), mix a bit of both black and brown chalk paint with a bit of water in an old tupperware or ziploc container. Make sure you use the old containers that are so worn and disgusting that you’re too embarrassed to bring them out in the lunch room. Warped from the microwave? That’s the one you use! Ensure this paint concoction is a thin liquid.
4. Paint that liquid concoction on the bucket in light streaks. Immediately take your old terry cloth rag and begin wiping horizontally. Wipe away excess paint until you get the “rustic” or “weathered” look you desire. Remember, less is more. (I only distressed a few of my buckets as I felt only some warranted that look. But feel free to do whatever floats your boat).
Then take the bucket into the studio again to take a photograph. Because it’s just so darn pretty. Feel free to have another glass of wine in celebration that you distressed your bucket and didn’t destroy it! You are a winner today! Immediately go out and buy a lottery ticket.
5. Once your bucket paint has adequately cured, the last and final step is to seal the bucket. Spray the matte clear acrylic coating on the bucket according to the spray can instructions (keeping in mind that adequate ventilation is critical) and voila! You have yourself an adorable newborn prop!
So you can go from THIS to THIS in just a few easy steps! Remember, if I can do it, SO CAN YOU!
Much Love & Light,