Today, I’ll be sharing a Bubba Keg painting tutorial with you.
Bubba Kegs are very popular for college road trips and Woodser parties. Some of my friends and I are going on a road trip to LSU in a few weeks, so I decided to paint my friend a Bubba Keg for her birthday.
I painted myself a Bubba Keg when I went on this same road trip two years ago, so I don’t have to worry about painting myself one for the trip this year!
- Bubba Keg (I got mine on Amazon)
- Acrylic Paint
- Painter’s Tape
- Modge Podge (I know it’s really called Mod Podge!)
- Paintbrushes (in various sizes)
- X-acto Knife
- Wedding Cake
- Champagne (optional)
- Plum Polished
- Petunia (optional)
- Darling Teal
As you may have noticed, I only ever use Martha Stewart Crafts acrylic paint, but Jo-Ann’s just came out with this new Buttercream line! I couldn’t resist giving it a try!
I went ahead and covered the entire handle as well. I didn’t realize until after I took this picture that it would need to be protected too!
The idea is to create an even layer of paint for your design to be drawn on top of.
I let the light turquoise paint dry overnight. I wanted to make sure it was completely dry before I began painting on my design.
I chose Ikat for this project! Ikat is so pretty and super easy to paint! If you’re also a fan of Ikat, you can continue on to read about how I created my design. If you don’t like Ikat and would prefer another pattern, go for it! Feel free to skip ahead to the end where I go over how to seal off and finish the Bubba Keg!
Start with a decent amount of paint on your brush and paint a rough diamond shape.
It’s okay if the sides aren’t symmetrical! They aren’t supposed to be!
To see a video of the Ikat painting technique, click here.
It’s okay if the distance between each diamond isn’t the same. None of mine are!
Start with the dark turquoise and paint a triangle.
I went over each of my diamonds twice. I wanted them to be super opaque!
After repainting, let the mug dry for several hours. We don’t want any wet paint when we go to seal it!
Use a larger brush to apply Modge Podge all over your design. I like to paint horizontally in one direction.
You can see some small chunks of Modge Podge in the picture. Try your best to get all of those off before the Modge Podge dries.
If you’ve never used Modge Podge before, don’t get too concerned over the streaky whiteness that appears after applying it! That will go away as it begins to dry!
Add two or three coats of Modge Podge to the mug. Wait at least 30 minutes between coats.
As you can see, quite a bit of paint got in the little crevice between the painter’s tape and the metal we were painting on top of. We want to make sure that the paint on the mug isn’t glued to the painter’s tape! That could make for a serious disaster! We do not want all of our hard work ripped off!
Take the knife (it fits perfectly in the little groove) and add a little pressure while running it around the entire mug.
I absolutely love this color palette and the way the mug turned out!
I’m sure my friend will love it too!