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Love Bucket

2013 February 11
by Katie

It’s Valentine’s Day Week!  Let’s get our hump on!

(just kidding mom.)

But I do want to throw down some love-fun even if I’m not being inappropriate on my boytoy’s leg.  Love doesn’t mean you gotta hump.  You can quote me on that one.  Hump.  Had to say the word one more time.  It’s a joy to imagine my mother’s reaction.

Okay – so for today we are making a LOVE BUCKET!   You will need some things that most crafters have laying around the house…an empty vessel, some twine or fabric, a glue gun, scissors, tape and decorations for the outside of the bucket.

Start by cleaning off the outside wrapper of your bucket (if you are using a plain jar, skip this step.) I used a Clorox wipes container (I save all my plastic stuff for crafts and games with Will) and just removed the label and the lid.

My assistant used a piece of tape to put the beginning part of the twine on the bottom of the container.

Once it was secure, I could use the glue gun to fasten the first row of twine to the bottom of the container.  Then you remove the tape.  Once the first two rows are glued on, you can continue wrapping it without the glue.

Every couple inches or so, I would put another thin line of glue on the container to secure the twine in place.

Make sure you push the twine tightly against the other rows so that the white doesn’t peek through.

When it comes to the end, be careful to glue all the twine to the lip and edges.  Also, a couple extra rows down the mouth of the container helps make it look more finished.

Once your bucket is completely covered in twine, it’s time to decorate.  I had all these items on hand (the bakers twine and flower stickers are from Michaels and the clothes pin is from our laundry room).

All I had to do was wrap the bakers twine around the container a couple times and through the back of the sticker flower and fasten a little card to the front…

Now whenever we think of something sweet to tell someone else, we write it down and drop the note in the bucket.  Will is obsessed with dumping out the notes at the end of the day and reading all the sweet nothings.  Sometimes it is as simple as “I like the way you load the dishwasher” or “when you smile, I want to smile” or “I love you…that is all.”

Have y’all been making love notes or valentines lately?  Anything Valentines day related?

I’ve been thinking that you crafty peoples out there probably have some mad V-day crafts going on this week.  Let’s linky party this Valentines day to see all your red, white and pink going on!  It can be anything love-day related….wreaths, valentines, presents, baked goods…personally I am trying to convince Jer to dress up in his cupids outfit and pose for photos :)



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  1. February 11, 2013

    Hey oh! I have the perfect container for this, a bit smaller but it will do. Yay for easy projects :)

    I love that you do things to make your mother squirm. Now that’s revenge for “no ice cream before you go to bed!”

  2. February 11, 2013

    “and the clothespin is from our laundry room”

    For some reason this made me laugh out loud!

    I love how your blog reads like the conversations I have with myself. :)

  3. February 11, 2013

    Katie, I love this! So creative and easy! :)

  4. February 11, 2013

    i have never seen a lysol wipes container look more adorable ;)
    A+, as always :)

  5. Lauren permalink
    February 11, 2013

    I love this project! Also wondering where that moroccan-ish white jar is from? So pretty.

    • February 12, 2013

      Michaels. I think it’s part of a new collection so they still should have them :) Don’t forget your coupon on your phone!
      xo – kb

  6. February 11, 2013

    love this! It’s so stunning from such normal materials! :)

  7. February 11, 2013

    Once again… I laughed out loud at the last “hump”. I’m sure that you make your mother very very proud! So glad you have a wonderful little helper! This is a neat project. Happy Valentines Day!

  8. Christina permalink
    February 12, 2013

    So cute!

  9. February 12, 2013

    This is so cute and so simple, it’s one of those “why didn’t I think of that?” moments.

    PS: Cracking up at the thought of your mother’s reaction, because if it were mine, I bet she’d be rolling over and dying of embarrassment. :) Well done!

  10. Shauna permalink
    February 12, 2013

    I love what this is for.

  11. Michelle permalink
    February 12, 2013

    So chic and perfect for Valentine’s Day! Thanks for posting :)

  12. February 12, 2013

    You make me so happy, can I say that? And it’s so nice to know that I’m not the only one who wraps twine around everything (:

  13. February 12, 2013

    Very cool!

    My hub wrote me 14 sonnets last year for Valentine’s Day. Uh, yeah, it’s tough being married to a man who can speak in iambic pentameter without trying and who makes up parodies of 80s songs for our daughter like I can bake (very, very easily).

    Appreciate the linky party, as I was thinking the same thing: others have to be doing stuff, too. I wonder what’s out there.

  14. February 12, 2013

    I love that you used a container that we all have! Now I get to hoard cleaning supplies too!

  15. February 12, 2013

    Super Cute idea!

  16. February 12, 2013

    This is great! I love the twine. I tied ribbon scraps and fabric to twine to make a garland, very shabby chic decorations. Love your container, hope you get some sweet messages from Jeremy! : )

  17. Carrie permalink
    February 12, 2013

    I love love love how you are posting everyday! Great job!! Your my favorite!

  18. February 12, 2013

    Such a cute and easy idea – love it! I made these Valentine’s Day cards for my ten-year old son to give to his classmates.

    • February 12, 2013

      Cute! Remember to come back on Thursday for the linky party!
      xo – kb

  19. Sarah permalink
    February 12, 2013

    So simple and cute! This is such a nice idea!

  20. February 12, 2013

    So cute!! I have to scrounge and see if I can find stuff to make this too! :) Thanks for sharing!

  21. Jessica Tierney permalink
    February 12, 2013

    Cute idea! I also love the picture next to the container. Where did you find it?

    • February 12, 2013

      The frame is from West Elm and the art is my own creation :)
      xo – kb

      • Jessica Tierney permalink
        February 13, 2013

        Drat! It’s darling and I totally needed one!

  22. Connie permalink
    February 12, 2013

    I love your framed artwork. We are redoing our kitchen now and that would be perfect on our new countertops!! Love your posteveryday. Love your blog. You just seem so real…and I tell my husband that we would totally be friends in real life!!

  23. February 12, 2013

    “Love doesn’t mean you gotta hump” is probably the most amazing thing I have heard all day…!! lol! And your love notes bucket is ultra cute too. Can’t wait for the linky party!

  24. Joy permalink
    February 12, 2013

    This is so adorable!

  25. Haley permalink
    February 12, 2013

    Very cute idea! All I did was make a super ridiculous Valentines Day Card. The card doesn’t actually say anything about Valentines day but it does reference a certain sexy Lonely Island song. Oh and my boyfriend and I have animal nicknames for each other so I found little plastic animals, took a picture of them together to create the center of the card. I used a free online picture editor to do a cheesy Valentines frame, some random stickers and a song reference. Now I just have to print it out to give to him Friday when he gets in town (long distance) when we exchange some silly Valentines Day sweet nothings and then prepare for four days of gaming at Dundracon (RPG gaming convention like Dungeons & Dragons stuff)!

  26. Amber permalink
    February 12, 2013

    I LOVE this idea. I think I might make a love bucket to keep in my daughters’ rooms year round . Then once a month or once a year read all of their love notes to them.

  27. February 13, 2013

    Katie, you. are. hilarious. Best intro ever.

  28. February 13, 2013

    Such a cute idea! You’re so great at taking things most people already have around the house and making them into something awesome!

  29. February 13, 2013

    Adorable… jute makes everything look special! I really need to start keeping that on hand. What a great idea- thanks for sharing!

  30. February 13, 2013

    Oh what a cute use of things you might just throw out. I am always a fan in spreading little love notes throughout our lives. Love it!

  31. February 13, 2013

    #1, I love twining things. ALL things.
    #2, I love this idea and will probably be stealing it… since I just bought a 4-pack of Clorox wipes. Assume I’ll be using them up at a rapid pace!

  32. February 15, 2013

    This is perfect timing! I’ve been trying to decide on the best way to cover an actual clorox wipes container that sits on the bathroom counter. (I like to keep them in the bathroom but they can’t go under the counter because my one year old has grabby hands and still likes to put things in her mouth…)

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