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Beach Survival Bucket

Hi, it’s Gini, and I love going to the beach – not only in the summer, but any time of the year.  I’ve put together a beach survival bucket, that would be a great sendoff gift to any one headed for the sun and sand.  I found a felt bucket on clearance at the craft store – and knew these stamps and some May Arts Ribbon, would bring new life to my marked down bargain.



Designer Notes:

  1.  The felt bucket had flowers on it when, I bought it.  So I removed those, so I was ready to decorate.

  1. Attach lengths of ribbon around the bucket, using Scor-tape.  Run a length of ribbon through the existing slots at the base, and tie a bow.
  2. I put a paperback novel, sunscreen, sunglasses and a tag inside the bucket.

  1. To make the tag:

  -Ink the entire tag with a mix of blue Distress Inks

  -Sprinkle the tag with water, to create an ocean spray texture

  -Stamp pattern down the right side, using a portion of the flower circle stamp.

  -Adhere aqua ribbon on the left, using Scor-Tape.

  -Tear layers of Core’Dinations paper to resemble waves, and glue across the bottom.

  -Cut Bathing Beauty Girl from patterned paper, and slip behind the cardstock waves.

  – Stamp sentiment, and cover with round epoxy, using the Epiphany Crafts tool.

  – Glue a ring of the paper cord around the epoxy circle.

  -Stamp flower, using light blue ink. Let dry, and add ultra fine glitter. Fussy cut, add a pearl

    and glue beside the sentiment.

  -Glue a shell on the tag.

  -Add pearls of various sizes around the lower right corner of the tag.

  – Finish the top of your tag with the paper cord.

Even after the beach supplies are exhausted, the tag is a great reminder of those sunny days!

Blog post by: Gini Williams Cagle


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  1. Linda R.

    That is so neat….love it! 

  2. Kristie Maynard

    What a cute project!  Great job! TFS.

  3. Sue D

    FAbulous–I really like the vintage image on the tag.

  4. rush

    fun idea.  thank you for sharing.

  5. NWFlamingo

    If life's a beach … watch out for sharks!    Very cute!

  6. Kim H

    Sweet project, thank you for sharing and a chance to win.

  7. sharon gullikson

    The ripped area is such a great touch. You ladies have such cool ideas!

  8. Karen L K

    Very cute.

  9. Ruth G

    Love the colors and textures of the papers and ribbons and felt! Wonderful!!!

  10. mary s. - aka Big Mamma

    OMG the bucket is adorable and so perfect.

  11. Donna Sue

    Love that shade of blue!

  12. Annette Hindes

    Neat way to repurpose a bucket!
    Really like the waves/sand on the card
    and epoxy button

  13. Miriam Prantner

    Love how you dressed up that little felt bucket!

  14. Jamie Greene

    Cute idea!


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