Fabric {Covered} Buckets!

Before my youngest daughter was born and I was working on her nursery I couldn’t find a single basket or bucket or pail that I liked to put in her bookshelf. Of course now, a year later I see ones all the time that would have been perfect, isn’t that always the case? So anyway, I went ahead and made my own buckets for her bookshelf, it’s a pretty easy DIY Project!! Here is how it goes!
  • metal bucket/pail
  • spray adhesive
  • fabric (size depends on your bucket size)
  • scissors
  • pencil or fabric marker
  • exact-o or crafty knife


  1. lay your (ironed) fabric down on the ground and place the bucket on its side
  2. place your pencil at the bottom of the bucket and start rolling your bucket along the fabric, all the while using your pencil to trace the shape. You can repeat this step for the top OR you can just measure the height of the bucket and freehand your top line to match the curve of the bottom line just X inches away (where X equals the height of your bucket). Sorry I don’t have any pictures of this step but it’s kinda challenging to trace the bucket, let alone stop to take pictures of it…sorry
  3. give yourself about an inch of slack at the bottom and on one end and cut out your fabric
  4. in a well ventilated area (I would only recommend doing this step outside b/c that spray adhesive gets EVERYWHERE) spray a nice, liberal coat of adhesive all around you bucket
  5. decide where you want your seam and lay down an end of your fabric on the bucket and start rolling the fabric around the bucket smoothing out any air bubbles that form along the way. You can lift the fabric back up and replace as you go to get it as smooth as you can
  6. continue wrapping the fabric all the way around, you will need to spray a small amount of adhesive to the overlap flap of the seam
  7. now spray the outer edges of the bottom of the bucket and smooth the bottom edges over the bottom edge and adhere to bucket’s bottom (now if you hate how that looks you can cut a circle about 1/2″ smaller than the bottom of your bucket, using the bucket to trace onto the fabric, and spray that bad boy with some glue and cover up all the tucked over edges)
  8. Use an exact-o knife to cut out any areas you need for handles and to tuck the fabric up into the lip of the bucket
  9. If you want (or if you messed up somewhere) use ribbon to cover the top/bottom/seams 
  10. You can seal the whole deal with a layer of Mod Podge if you like!

You can see my original buckets in my Nursery blog post I did not covered them with a layer of Mod Podge b/c they are going to be used indoors only. However I did use a layer of Outdoor Mod Podge on the bucket below b/c it is going to be used to hold little bottles of water at P’s birthday party!

$2.50 from Target Dollar Spot…didn’t like the color, so I painted it white

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  1. says

    I love making these! I usually do mine with Modge Podge. I’ve never even thought about spray adhesive. Thanks for the tip. Do you have any idea where to find the bins for fairly cheap? I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE!

    Love, love, love the polka dots!!! Love your blog too!

  2. says

    Great idea! I can never find what I like either so making what you like works out best! I love the pink and the polkas!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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