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June 14, 2011 at 12:58 am

Personalized Sand Buckets Tutorial

Personalized Sand Bucket Cricut (4)

We are this close to starting summer vacation here in New York, and I can’t wait to take the boyz to a local lake that has a beach to play in the sand.  I don’t like trying to figure out who’s buckets are whose when they meet up with kids and play.  So I set out to make fun, personalized sand pails that can’t be mistaken for another!

I started out with three buckets that I picked up at Michael’s for $1 a piece.  In our house we are color coded, meaning each boy has a specific color.  So when I was making sand buckets for the littler guys I bought them in their signature colors.

I took out my handy dandy Cricut and using the Classic Font cartridge I cut out a large initial for each of the three boyz 3 3/4″ high in white.  I used a blade depth of 6 and a pressure setting of low for a “kiss cut” that easily removes from the backing.  I then carefully put it onto the pail being sure to center it between the handle.

I had thought about doing each child’s full name in black in a smaller font over the front, but that goes against my cardinal rule.  I do not label anything my child wears in public with their full first name.  That makes it too easy for an adult to pretend that they know them.  As the pails are made for the beach, a very public place with lots of strangers, a full first name was a no-no (no matter how cute it would have looked).

I wanted to add a bit more to the pails than just the letter.  So I started making polka dots.  All of the white dots were made using the above settings and cartridge in a 1″ size.  I used up all of the empty space on my vinyl that I had already cut for other projects!

I then added black dots that were 1 1/4″.  I think they look great!

To give a little extra oomph to the project I then took one black dot and placed it in the center of the shovel.  Using the Classic Font again, I added the first initial in white that I cut at a 3/4″ size.

I love how they came out!  A quick project that is practical, yet looks great.  The boyz love them and can’t wait to use them.

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  1. Those are way too cute! I love that you added their initial to the shovel too…very smart!

  2. These are super adorable. I love everything you did to personalize them!

  3. Cute idea! And I appreciate your reminder about labeling things with full names in public. I'm joining you from Weekend Bloggy Reading 🙂

  4. These are really cute! I have these on ly to do list for an upcoming water playdate. Stopping by from “Tatertots and Jello”

  5. I think these are awesome!!! Love that you also personalized the spades. Very, very cute. Thanks for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. I Featured your post this morning. 🙂

  6. very cute, my son would love one. 🙂

  7. So Cute!!! You will always know which one is theirs, when you leave the pool and beach.

  8. Cook Clean Craft says:

    That should remove one possible source of fighting. What a great job. I love the polkadots.

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