Monday Made It

I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for the first time for Monday Made It. I This is my first time linking up with Monday Made It and I am really excited to share my recent project.

3am_tara_madeitmonday_2013I made six paint bucket seats for my small group table in my classroom. I found this great idea on Pinterest  from Hangin Out in Third Grade. I needed something smaller than chairs to fit around my small group table.  They were super easy to make and I think my husband had more fun making them then I did!

bucket seat


Materials: 6 five gallon paint buckets and lids (they have blue and grey at Lowes), 6  circle boards,  foam, spray paint, spray glue, glue gun, material, and ribbon.

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Step 1. Take the handles of the buckets. Spray the buckets with spray paint. I used spray paint made for  plastic. It took 2 cans for 6 buckets. If you have a happy trigger finger you might need to buy an extra can.  Make sure to spray paint the edges of the lids also. I taped them off with newspaper and painters tape so I wouldn’t spray the top. (My husband said the glued wouldn’t stick to the spray paint. Not sure.) I let them dry overnight.

spray bucket

If you want to skip the rest of the steps you can also just order bucket lids with a seat. They are called Bucket Lidz and they are sold on Ebay for 39.95 for 6 lids.

Step 2: Cut the circles out of particle board. We had some left over Wainscoting in our garage so we used that instead.  My husband just took the lid and traced a circle around the Wainscoting and used his jigsaw to cut them. I read on Hangin’ Out in Third Grade’s Blog that she got her circles precut from Hobby Lobby, but I couldn’t find any there.

wood circles

Step 3: Now it is time to add the foam. The foam I bought was really thick so I split it in half. Then I placed the circles on the foam and traced them. One of the boards hung over but I just used them scraps to piece it together.


Step 4: It is time to take the circles and glue them on to the boards. I used the adhesive glue. It only took a few minutes to dry.


Step 5: Finally its time to attach the fabric. I bought 4 feet of fabric. Cut out a square and attach it to the foam board. I used a glue gun to glue the fabric on the back. Make sure to pull the fabric tight before gluing it on the board.


Step 6: Attach the fabric boards to the lid. I used the spray adhesive again to attach the lids. Let dry and then snap on the buckets. I also added trim around the bucket for more color.


I had a great time making these buckets. As you can tell my husband helped out a lot. We finished steps 3-6 in about 2 hours.

I can’t wait to use these in my classroom this year! Make sure to go by 4th Grade Frolics and check out her great blog.


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  1. You two did a fantastic job! The kids are going to love them too. Practical and attractive.

  2. You did a great job!! I made these a couple of years ago and revamped mine this week. Stop by and see.

  3. These look great! I’ve been searching for some stools for my reading table too. Maybe I could give this a try… 🙂

    Teaching Little Miracles

  4. Sherry Brogdon says:

    Hey! Your buckets look very nice! I just made mine last week. I also used the plastic spray paint but it chips off very easily! The directions said that no sanding was needed but my husband (construction worker) said that sanding was necessary. I didn’t sand the buckets! He couldn’t wait to show me that the paint would come off! I am going with them as is and will touch them up as the year goes along. Maybe I can use contact paper or something.
    Have an awesome year!

    • I did notice the paint chips easily. I will try my luck to see how long it lasts before I have to repaint. Thanks for the tip!

    • Libby Lanford says:

      Did sanding the buckets keep the paint on. I made some two years ago for my reading table and have to repaint them every summer. It’s a pain. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. Libby

      • I didn’t sand my buckets. I didn’t really have much of a problem with them. They have a few scratches but not too many. I’m sorry you have had to repaint them. I’m not sure what you can do. I know you can buy buckets at Lowes that are already different colors and you won’t need to paint them.

  5. Your bucket seats look great. You put a lot of hard work into those!
    Rockin’ and Lovin’ Learnin’

  6. Vanessa G. says:

    I made some buckets also and used the spray paint for plastics and it didn’t work. The paint scratches off. Did you have that problem?? Is their something else you did to keep the paint from scratching off??

    • I haven’t used mine in the classroom yet so nothing has scratched yet. Another teacher suggested sanding them. Let me know if you find something else that works!

  7. Instead of putting all that work and money into spray painting buckets, another option may be to buy the colored buckets from the store. Walmart, Target, Home Depot and Lowes carry them for about $3 but you have to buy the lids separately…so including the lids, fabric, and cushion…you may end up paying about $7 for each bucket!

  8. I love your bucket seats! I am trying to make them myself. When I wrap the fabric around the cushions, the side bunches up in a few places. I want it smooth like yours. 🙂 Any tips?

    • I glued one side down first and then glued the opposite side down. I did the same on the other two sides and then took the corners and folded them and glued. You can see a little bit of it in the pictures in step 5. When you glue it on the seat you probably won’t see the sides. I hope this helps. Thanks for you comment!

  9. Karissa Chamblin says:

    Do you think these would work just as good with 5th graders I was going to do crates but I love theverything buckets!!

    • I used them with my 4th graders this year and they still held up well. I have some really big 4th graders 🙂
      I sure they would work for your 5th graders.

  10. Jackie Mclaughlin says:

    Is there a weight limit on these? I’m thinking about making these for an autistic support class 6-8th grade class…..

    • I’ve had adults sit on them. I had some large boys this year in 4th grade and they didn’t have any problem. I’ve had a 200 lb adult sit on them and didn’t have any problems. I’m not sure if there is a weight limit. I hope I was able to answer your question.

  11. DeNessa says:

    4ft of fabric was enough for 6 buckets?

    • Yes 4 ft. of fabric was enough for all 6 bucket seats. I’m sorry I don’t remember the exact measurements for each seat cover but, I remade the buckets last year and bought 4 ft of a different fabric and it was enough. Hope that helps 🙂

  12. Hi! Thank you for your tutorial… Am looking into gathering my supplies to make these. Will not paint the buckets – buying them already in the color I need (black). Question: are the lids easily removable to use for storing things? Thanks!

  13. I have tried 3 different types of adhesives and cannot get the fabric covered top to stay glued to the plastic lid. (we tried hot glue, spray adhesive, and construction adhesive). All 3, it popped right off the next day. I’m at a loss. What type of glue did you use that will work on the plastic?

    • I’m sorry you had problems with it staying glued. I used the spray adhesive that is in the picture on the blog. I just recovered them a couple of months ago and they are still holding up well. Last year I did you liquid nails. You might try that. I hope it works out for you.

  14. I LOVE LOVE this idea. Im going to do this for my Cheerleaders in YAFL next year. It’s PERFECT!!!!

  15. CJ Durbin says:

    I loved your idea and am in the middle of making my own bucket seats for my 1st grade classroom. I didn’t sand my buckets, so I will see how long they last before any chipping happens. Thank you for the idea and the detailed instructions. It made me feel a little better about jumping into this with your “roadmap” 🙂

  16. About how much did you spend?

    • The buckets are about $3 a piece. The spray paint is about $6 for two cans. The material ranges from $4-$10 a yard. You need a little over a yard. The spray adhesive is about $6. The foam padding is about $10. It’s enough for all the buckets. I already had the glue gun, glue, and boards. Most of the items you can get at a discount from Michael’s or Hobby Lobby with a coupon. I hope this helps.


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