Camping "Butt"ckets…or just for fun!

 We made these fun camping buckets for girls camp this year and the girls loved them! I can’t believe how cute some of them turned out. They are all so talented!
These buckets are super easy to make, and it’s fun for every one to have a “personalized”  place to sit or hide their stash of food. ;) lol
You start out with a 5 gallon bucket. You can get these for free at Sam’s or Costco in the Bakery (frosting tubs).
You could spray paint your bucket, but I didn’t have time for that…so it stayed white. LOL
I found some scraps I had and measured around the bucket. Cut accordingly.
Next you’ll need some mod podge! Start in 4 inch sections (so the glue doesn’t dry) and begin wrapping your fabric around, pushing all the bubbles out as you go.
For the seat you can make it as “comfy” as you want. I used about 3 layers of batting and one layer of foam. Cut in a circle to match the lid top and hot glue together. After that is dry wrap fabric tightly around the top and tuck sides under with hot glue.
Next comes the frill! I chose to wrap a big fat ribbon around mine and then tie little ribbons on the handle. You could tie ribbon all the way around the handle which  would be super cute! You could get as creative as you’d like!
The most important final step is to fill it with camping “necessity’s” A.K.A CANDY! This way it will keep all the bugs out too! :)
And there you have your new camping “Butt-ket.” Hope you enjoy! Let me know if you have any questions!
*Some readers also had some great ideas to do with these buckets… use them as storage in kids rooms, going on picnics or ball games…Shaunery has made these a little different which I thought was a great idea! She used them as cheer leading buckets! For the lid we measured and cut out a thin piece of plywood. That we layered with foam, batting and fabric, stapling to the plywood. We then used ultra super heavy duty Velcro tape to adhere to the lid. It also allowed us to change out fabric with each season of cheer.
And since we had Pee Wee Cheerleaders, we had pee wee buckets (5 gallon paint buckets from super home stores)

The possibilities are endless! Have fun with it and get creative!
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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Kristi posted on August 11, 2010 at 9:43 pm (#

    What a great idea! I remember being at camp once and I sat a little Dixie cup that had a few m&m's in it, on the side of my bunk one night. It was covered in ants the next morning!

  2. Mine for the Making posted on August 11, 2010 at 9:51 pm (#

    Such a great idea!

    I gotta be honest…when i read the title of this post, for some reason I assumed a bucket to go the the restroom when camping. LOL! {people do make those…). Needless to say, the buckets you actually made are MUCH cuter!!!

    Kara @ Mine for the Making

  3. Erin posted on August 11, 2010 at 10:11 pm (#

    Love this idea! I wish we had some to take camping with us tomorrow!!!

  4. too Blessed to Stress posted on August 11, 2010 at 10:25 pm (#

    Love this! Who would of thought a giant bucket could be so cute :)

    ~Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

  5. Kim @ seven thirty three posted on August 12, 2010 at 6:15 am (#

    This is such a great idea! I'll have to keep it in mind when my daughter goes off to camp. ;)

    Stop by and link up with my Sugar & Spice party if you get a minute.

  6. Kristen posted on August 12, 2010 at 7:01 am (#

    I was thinking of making one of these for my girls room. Looks super cute!!!

  7. Jenny posted on August 12, 2010 at 7:04 am (#

    I am team mom for my daughter's cheeer squad this fall. I have been looking for something cute to make to put their water bottles and pom poms is. This is it! Thanks for sharing. I will be making these over the next couple of weeks.

  8. Abbi posted on August 12, 2010 at 7:13 am (#

    I can't wait to make one of these and take it to the deer lease when I go with my husband this hunting season!!! It's perfect for the deer blind! LOVE THIS!

  9. Phuong posted on August 12, 2010 at 7:27 am (#

    Oh, I love this idea and not just for camping!

  10. staci @ lizard n ladybug posted on August 12, 2010 at 7:29 am (#

    this is so cute (and clever). I saw these buckets at Lowes and wondered what I could do with them…now I know!!

    • Mary posted on February 27, 2014 at 4:59 pm (#

      Make sure you a food grade bucket it will used for ice that will be used in drinks or candy. Educate yourselves in plastic be it toys, bibs, baby bottles, glasses etc.

  11. Makalani Adolpho, PLC posted on August 12, 2010 at 9:08 am (#

    These are way cool. You could probably fill with drinks and ice as well for watching kiddo sports games at the field.

    You could have the cutest seat on the sidelines.


  12. Meg posted on August 12, 2010 at 9:48 am (#

    Ha! Very cute. Love the seat part of it! My kids would love this for picnics outside! Especially the candy part. ;)

    I'd love it if you stopped by my blog for a fun giveaway!
    Have a great day!

  13. jennifer posted on August 12, 2010 at 11:27 am (#

    That is a great and thoughtful idea! I would want my bucket filled with chocolate for sure :)

  14. nate and amy crandell posted on August 12, 2010 at 2:02 pm (#

    LOVE this idea Jamie!!! so cute!

  15. Erinn Giblin posted on August 13, 2010 at 10:13 am (#

    Super cute idea… as are many of your other creations!

    I found your blog while I was hoppin' around this morning.

    I'd love to have you visit:

  16. Nina posted on August 13, 2010 at 11:18 am (#

    When I was a little girl we had bucket chairs my grandpa made for us. They were a little different and not as cute, but I LOVED them. This brings back memories and I want to try making a cute one like this. It is so cute!

  17. celticmystyc posted on August 13, 2010 at 2:09 pm (#

    Down here in Texas our PEE WEE Cheerleaders had their own BUTT-kets. One thing we did different, on the lid we measured and cut out a thin piece of plywood. That we layered with foam, batting and fabric, stapling to the plywood. We then used ultra super heavy duty Velcro tape to adhere to the lid. (the heat down here would cause the hot glue to melt!)
    It also allowed us to change out fabric with each season of cheer.
    And since we had Pee Wee Cheerleaders, we had pee wee buckets (5 gallon paint buckets from super home stores)

  18. Suzanne posted on August 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm (#

    Really cute! I've seen buckets made like this, but this one is by far the cutest!

  19. Nicole @ BugaBoos posted on August 15, 2010 at 3:06 pm (#

    These are sooo cute!! What a great idea, love the name too :)

    Thanks so Much for Stopping over to visit me. Love your blog :)

  20. Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence posted on August 15, 2010 at 6:21 pm (#

    Perfect–I love these–they could be used for so many things!

  21. Sara posted on August 16, 2010 at 8:23 am (#

    That is so cute! Great job! We camp quite a bit, but haven't done the bucket route. Mainly just do tubberware containers.

  22. Brooke posted on August 17, 2010 at 5:11 am (#

    This is such a cute idea! They look so cute. Thanks for sharing this great idea. I will be linking to your camping buckets.

  23. Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs posted on August 17, 2010 at 11:59 am (#

    Adorable!! Wonder how my boys would react to camping buckets – stocked with powerbait and new fishing hooks! LOL!

  24. Sassy Sites! posted on August 17, 2010 at 3:14 pm (#

    …I'm visiting from Sassy Sites! Come by and say HI! Your blog is adorable! I'm a new follower!

  25. Kim -today's creative blog posted on August 17, 2010 at 4:19 pm (#

    Great idea! Oh the possibilities!
    Please remember to link back.

  26. Audra Marie posted on August 18, 2010 at 11:10 am (#

    Super cute, and such an awesome idea. Love it. :)

  27. Jami posted on August 20, 2010 at 6:49 am (#

    OHHH! I wish I had seen these before my goddaughter went to camp! ADORABLE! My mind is racing with ways to "boy" them up for the soccer team! It would be a great place to stash the water bottle, ball & jacket! You're awesome!

  28. Heather Bredimus posted on August 21, 2010 at 8:53 pm (#

    Hi! I found your site off of Today’s Creative Blog! I love your craft! And I heart naptime too! You are so talented! I just signed up to be your newest follower! Woo hoo! I hope you stop by my new blog. I just started it 2 months ago and would love new friends! Please come see me at


  29. kevin posted on October 13, 2010 at 10:08 am (#

    i would totally do this when i go to camp next time. aside from not forgetting my hiking tents cuz i always do lol

  30. Chey posted on June 10, 2011 at 10:36 am (#

    Oh. My. Gosh.
    Do you mind if I feature them on my blog? (and give you full credit of course)
    I have a whole series of girls camp posts that match this years theme: Happily Ever After.
    My blog is

    – Chey

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on June 10, 2011 at 3:14 pm (#

      Thank you! I would love it!

      • Melissa posted on December 8, 2012 at 10:55 am (#

        I am so glad I read through the comments too. I love the idea of using duct tape instead of fabric maybe hot glue google eyes and let the boys use tape to make a face for theirs and add a fuzzy fabric to the lid for hair :) we go camping a lot and the would be awesome to store the kids flashlights, markers & coloring pages, glow sticks and any thing else that is personally theirs for camp. Would take up less space when I am packing the mini van to camp for a week with 6 of us!

  31. Randa-Nicole posted on June 17, 2011 at 10:30 am (#

    I really love this idea! I’m heading off to my last year of girls camp on Monday and I’m totally going to try and make this over the weekend! Do you have anymore crafty things for girls camp?

    • Jamielyn posted on June 18, 2011 at 12:12 pm (#

      How fun! I’m now in primary, and will miss girls camp! I think this is the only girls camp tutorial. Have a great time!

  32. Rachelle posted on July 16, 2011 at 4:27 pm (#

    I love these! I also made seat/storage buckets, but with crates instead! Check out what I did! :) I’m using them in my classroom (I’m a 1st grade teacher in Utah).

  33. Bridget Bergstrom posted on March 21, 2012 at 11:56 am (#

    Cute idea! I have all those fabrics— you have great taste!

  34. anon posted on March 24, 2012 at 2:56 pm (#

    these look like 5 gallon buckets not 15 gallon buckets

  35. Shannon posted on April 1, 2012 at 10:09 pm (#

    “You start out with a 15 gallon bucket.”

    Just to clarify…I assume you mean 5 gallon bucket?

    • Jamielyn posted on April 2, 2012 at 12:56 am (#

      haha yes pretty sure it was just 5 pounds. Not sure why I put 15. Thanks for the heads up. xo

  36. Merrilee posted on August 8, 2012 at 8:20 am (#

    I made these way back in 1989 when I was at girls camp – we still use it today! My Dad loved it and borrowed it many times to go ice fishing. He even started putting the fish he caught in the bucket! This year, I sent my boy scout with my butt-ket when the troop went ice fishing (of course, last min. I replaced the cute decorated fabric with an old boy t-shirt). The boys were so jealous of the warm seat to sit on and all the goodies that were stashed inside! Tonight I’m helping the troop make their own. They will be using colored duct tape to cover the bucket and old t-shirts for the cover.

  37. Sheila H posted on September 16, 2012 at 9:03 am (#

    These buckets are great for fishing as well. I made one for a friend’s grandson a few years ago.I decorated it with fish cutouts from fabric. Serves two purposes- one for sitting on while fishing and the other for all those fish you catch :) (with water in it of course). He loved it!

  38. Lynn J posted on December 24, 2013 at 10:41 pm (#

    Love the idea. Good for everyone’s special treasures in and be responsible for. Going to make one for my sewing / needle work on the go in a smaller size. Thanks!

    • Jamielyn posted on December 27, 2013 at 2:20 pm (#

      Thanks for stopping by Lynn, I’m glad you liked the “butt”ckets idea! Everyone loved them when we made them! :)

  39. Rhonda posted on July 12, 2014 at 12:39 pm (#

    These were made one year for camp by another unit as shower buckets – everything you needed for your shower could be put in them including towel and clean cloths and kept dry while you showered – also gave you something to put your foot on to shave your legs:)

    • Jamielyn posted on July 12, 2014 at 7:15 pm (#

      Great idea to keep everything together! Thanks Rhonda! :)

  40. Lyneve posted on September 3, 2014 at 3:23 am (#

    I love these buckets. I made mine probably 15 years ago for girls camp and I still use it to this day for camping. My mom and me really went to town on mine. For the lid we actually put cardboard on the bottom of all the foam/padding. Before we glued the padding to the cardboard we put small holes in the lid and cardboard (making sure they lined up), and put large brads through the holes. Then we glued the padding to the cardboard, glued the material to the padding, and then glued the cardboard to the lid, making sure the brads went through the holes. We then opened the brads so they laid flat and duct taped them down. It took us a while but I ended up with a project that has lasted for a long time. 
    I also was having a hard time opening my lid (it was really tight). We ended up ushering a box cutter and putting small slices around the lid (up and down) to make it so I could open it a lot easier.

    • Jamielyn posted on September 18, 2014 at 12:48 am (#

      Glad to hear this project will last for years and years! Thanks for your comment Lyneve!

  41. Kate posted on April 26, 2017 at 5:52 pm (#

    Hi! Not sure if you are still checking comments on this post or if you’d even recall this but any chance you remember how much fabric was used for each seat? THANKS!

    • I Heart Naptime posted on April 26, 2017 at 6:40 pm (#

      Since scraps was used I didn’t really measure by the yards, I just used what I had. Each piece was definitely less than a yard long, so if you have pieces that are the width of the bolt (40-44 inches), you should be good! :)