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Are you headed out on a camping trip? This FREE Camping Light Bucket SVG File will help you make a cool camp light that you can use time and time again.
It’s super easy to make and provides so much light. You can even use the Camping Light Bucket in your backyard or patio year-round!
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Let’s make this Making Memories One Campsite At A Time camping light bucket.
P.S. I just love this saying!
I’m going to share with you exactly how I to make a bucket like this one, and even share some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.
What Do I Need To Make This Camping Light Bucket?
Here are all the things I used to make my camping light bucket.
- 1, 2, 3, or 5 Gallon Bucket With Lid (I got mine at Home Depot.)
- Submersible Lights (Will need batteries.)
- Permanent Vinyl & Transfer Tape (I used 1 12×12 sheet of black permanent vinyl.)
- Velcro Strips
- Painters Tape
- Rubbing Alcohol & Cotton Balls or Cotton Rag
- Your Cricut Cutting Machine With Design Space Readily Available
- This FREE Camping Light Bucket SVG File (Download at the bottom of this post.)
Before you begin cutting your design, you’ll want to make sure to measure just how wide and tall you’ll want your design to be.
To measure I like to use a measuring tape to figure out how many inches tall and wide my design should be.
Let’s Make The Camping Light Bucket!
STEP 1: Upload the FREE Camping Light Bucket SVG File to Design Space and size it according to the measurement you want your design to be.
Remember to make sure the little lock icon is closed when you go to size your design to make sure it doesn’t get distorted and retains the correct size proportions.
STEP 2: Cut, Weed & Apply Transfer Tape To Your Design.
Before you send your design to cut, make sure to select the entire thing and “Weld” it together to make sure that it all cuts out in one piece. This will make it a breeze to transfer onto the bucket.
Since you’re working with vinyl, you do not need to worry about mirroring your design. Just let it cut as is. Once you’ve cut the design, weed it.
This means that you will need to remove all of the excess vinyl from your vinyl sheet, leaving just the design itself on the paper.
After you’ve weeded the design, cut a piece of transfer tape as big as your entire design and apply it to it.
I suggest using a scraper tool to secure the vinyl to the transfer tape without leaving any air bubbles.
Lastly, if possible, trim a nice rectangle around your design to help you with aligning it straight on the bucket when you go to apply it.
STEP 3: Clean The Bucket Surface.
To clean the bucket you will use some rubbing alcohol and either cotton balls or a cotton rag. Just wipe down the surface where you plan to place your design. Doing this will help the vinyl really stick to your bucket and this will in turn make it last a long time.
STEP 4: Align & Apply Design.
This is where the painters tape will come in handy. Cut a piece of tape as tall as the side of your bucket; taller than your design height.
Now attach the tape down the middle of your design length wise, and align and attach the painters tape to the bucket. Your design will still be attached to the transfer tape at this point. This process is just for alignment and application ease purposes.
Once you’ve secured the design down the middle to the bucket, you will peel back the transfer tape with your design attached to it on one side of the tape and trim backing paper off to allow you to apply that half of the design down.
After you’ve applied one side of the design to the bucket, you can remove the painters tape and simply apply the other half.
Super easy right?
STEP 5: Add Light(s) To Your Bucket.
It’s time to apply some velcro to the bottom of your light(s) and attach them to the bucket lid.
And that’s it, you did it!
Remember to keep the remote for the light(s) in a secure place, ideally inside the bucket when you go to store it, to make sure that it is not lost.
These lights are so cool and come in many different colors and patterns that you can try out.
More Tips & Tricks
1. Use Multiple Velcro Strips To Attach The Light. – Don’t be stingy with the velcro strips. Use two to three, and even trim them down and align them along the rim and center of the lights to make sure they attach well to the bucket. The last thing you want is for someone to place something on the lid, or sit on it and the lights fall off and break.
2. Add Rocks To Your Bucket To Weight It Down. – Because the lights we’re using are submersible, a lot of people like to fill their buckets with water to weight them down, so the wind doesn’t knock them over, but I like to use rocks. Adding a few rocks to the bottom of the bucket will help it stay put and also be easy to take out when you’re getting ready to leave the campsite.
3. Take Extra Batteries. – If you’re planning to use your lights for a few days and for a few hours at a time, then you might need extra batteries for your camping light bucket. Don’t forget to pack extras!
4. Use Different Size Buckets To Make Multiple Lights. – Using this exact process you can not only make one camping light bucket, but you make several! You can make smaller ones for each of the kids or to have inside of your tent. You can make a picnic table light light, and even one to take to the bathrooms at night. The sky’s the limit!
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