Have you seen the deal where you can buy a bucket of brews in the summer, and then you get to keep the bucket? I always thought those were cool. Many people buy them just for the bucket. So, I thought it could be so much cooler to do your own. Why not put your favorite logos on a galvanized bucket and take it to parties? It provides cold beer and great conversation!
Step 1: Making the Stencil
The first thing you have to do is get yourself a galvanized bucket. I snagged this one from Lowes for about $3. Then you have to figure out what logo you would like. The more simple the logo, the easier it would be. Crazy logos with multiple colors would be tough. You can hit the web at http://www.logotypes.ru/ to check for your favorite logos. It's a site with free downloads of vector art logos. It doesn't have everything out there, but the selection is great. I chose to do an International Harvester logo (Tractors, for those far from the country). Then, you size it, print it out and fasten it to thick paper. I chose a manilla folder. Then, cut it out with an X-Acto knife and pick out your spray paint of choice.
Step 2: Adhering the Stencil
Tape your stencil on the bucket at the desired location. Make it as tight as possible. You may need to put some double-sided tape between the bucket and stencil, especially close to your logo's opening. This will keep the image as sharp as possible. Then, begin painting with an airbrush-type method. I think it's better to do many coats rather than one thick one. The paint will leave runs if you try to do it in one coat.
Step 3: Remove the Stencil
Then, carefully remove your stencil. It might be best to let it dry a bit.
Step 4: The Finished Product
Make sure the paint dries really well before party time. Now, get yourself some brew and a bag of ice, and you're ready to rock!
On this bucket, I put the Farmall logo on the opposite side as the International Harvester logo. For the areas inside the letters, I had to cut out little pieces of manilla paper and tape them on individually. I think it's totally cool to put whatever logo you want on your bucket. However, you shouldn't try to sell them. That's when you can get busted for copyright infringement.
Enjoy the summer with your new customized bucket!