DIY The Cutest Unicorn Buckets
Is it a pencil holder? Is it a planter? Or is it the cutest paperweight ever? Oh wait, it's a unicorn bucket and honestly, that's all that matters since it can be used in so many different ways and it's real easy to make too.
I made these for my daughter and she uses the little one as a planter and the other one holds her collection of pens, pencils and paint brushes.
Aren't they just too cute? To make your own version all you need is:
- Faux flowers
- Metal buckets
- Spray paint (optional)
- InstaMorph Moldable Plastic
- Hot water (about 150°F or 65°C)
- Wax Paper
- Fork or tongs
If you can't find InstaMorph, air dry clay or paper mache will work too.
My buckets had little pink dots on so I sprayed them first. I can't for the life of me imagine a polka dot unicorn looking good
For the unicorn horns I used this crazy stuff called InstaMorph. It's a lightweight thermoplastic which is moldable when warm and becomes a hard, strong plastic when it cools down. It’s A DIY-ers dream and so much fun to play with.
Simply boil about three cups of water and pour it into a bowl. Allow the water to cool down so it’s still hot but not scalding to prevent burns. Throw the InstaMorph pellets inside and leave them for a minute until they become clear and start sticking together. Remove the pellets with a fork or tongs and shake off any excess water.
Use your hands to roll the InstaMorph into a sausage shape and then give it a twist or two to make a unicorn horn. Flatten the one end.
Is you're not happy with the shape, just dunk it back in the hot water and try again. Just a word of caution - InstaMorph sticks to other plastics and fabrics. Ask me how I know 🙄 Protect your work area with wax paper. Once you're happy with the shape, wait for it to dry completely before adding a little glitter or sparkling paint and then glue it onto the bucket.
Add a few faux flowers around the horn and draw on some eyes......
....... and your unicorn buckets are all done.
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Michelle Leslie on Jul 31, 2020
Thank you Sunny
Benjamin on Jul 28, 2021
Oh honey, those aren't pink dots. Those are white dots on a pink bucket. Your project turned out really cute in the end.
Michelle Leslie on Aug 04, 2021
😁 well now, I guess I need to fix my dotty mistake 😁 Thanks for the heads up Benjamin
Can you put InstaMorph in, say, a silicone mold? I’ve never heard of this product before. So cool! I love these unicorn buckets!! Adorable! Your tutorial is very clear and easy to follow, too! Thanks!