I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics 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, Paint Bucket Seats.
I 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!
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.
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.
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 Amazon for about $12 a piece.
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.
Now it is time to add the foam to make your paint bucket seats. 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.
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.
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.
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 paint bucket seats. 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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