The basic steel tub is a classic container. It's super handy at parties for holding lots of ice and drinks. But instead of just leaving it bare it's a lot more fun to stencil on a bit of text and, why not, toss in some RGB LEDs for good measure.
Step 1: Supplies
- spray adhesive
- painter's tape
- x-acto blade
- cutting mat or cardboard
- scraps of paper
- respirator (recommended)
Step 2: All About the Stencil
Each stencil also has two triangles at the bottom. These are for registration. In other words, they help you line up all the stencils so that the result looks right.
To cut the stencils, I'd recommend using an X-acto blade along with a cutting mat. If not, a razor and a piece of cardboard to cut on will work as well.
NOTE: This stencil has been slightly warped upwards to fit the slight cone shape of the metal tub.
Step 3: Applying the First Layer
Now, spray a light coat of spray adhesive onto the back of the first stencil and wait at least 5 minutes for it to dry a little bit.
With the spray adhesive more tacky than wet, press it onto the tub, making sure that it's level.
Attach a few more pieces of paper to prevent overspray and then apply 3 light coats of black spray paint. Let the paint dry at least 5 minutes between each coat.
For best results, let black paint dry overnight before the next step.
Step 4: Stencil 2
With that in place, lightly press flat, and then apply 3 light coats of blue spray paint. Wait at least 5 minutes between coats.
Again, wait a full day for it to dry for best results.
Step 5: Stencil 3
- Spray adhesive
- Let dry
- Line up with triangles
- Lightly press flat
- Apply 3 light coats of black spray paint.
Step 6: Drop in the Lights
I just dropped these lights into the tub and the effect works great. If you want a cleaner look, you can drill a hole in the side along the bottom and attach the lights that way. Use a hot glue gun to seal up the hole.
That's it, fill it up with ice and drinks and you're good to go!