Monday, May 21, 2012

Pioneer Trek Part 4 - The Padded Bucket

We have to fit all of our belongings for Trek in these 5 gallon buckets.  My husband was supposed to be in charge of the buckets.  He bought them.  Then he worked on them for a while and claimed finished.  This is what I found.

Oh that is so cute.  You actually think that the duct tape tag is going to cut it.  hehe.

And on a related note, this whole "no pillow" thing was stressing me out a little.  I figure I will go through a whole bottle of Advil, since I can't have a pillow.  Well, I came up with a little solution.  The Padded Bucket.  I can sit on it softly around the camp fire, and sleep with it at night.   I remember seeing these many years back when I lived in Utah for Girls Camp.  But after searching around online, there weren't really any tutorials,  So I made my own.

For more on why I need this pioneer stuff click here.  For pioneer shirts click here  For bonnets click here.

(1) 5 gallon bucket and lid (Mine are from Home Depot because I wanted the orange lid.)
1 fat quarter of fabric

Tools needed:
Jig Saw
staple gun
hot glue and gun

First, I used this pressboard stuff I had in the garage.  It was like $8 at Lowes for a HUGE sheet.

Using a compass, I made a circle that fit on the top of the lid.  I cut it out with a jig saw.  It was NOT a perfect circle.  :)  But I tried.

Next, I piled up the batting into a square on top of the wrong side of the fabric.  I probably used 1/2 yard.  I wanted it really cushy.

Place your *absolutely perfect* circle on top.

Pulling the fabric tightly, staple it to the circle.  When the circle is complete, cut off excess fabric.  It will look something like this.

Now, hot glue the crap out of it and stick it on the lid (while your little child is rolling around in the excess batting.)
Here is the top:

I added vinyl to mine to make it personalized.

And as a side note, my husband will NOT let me touch his bucket.  He likes it with duct tape.

Linked today at: Funky Polka Dot Giraffe, Not Just a Housewife, Mommy by Day, Our Thrifty Ideas, Sugar Bee Crafts, Home Stories A to Z, At Home with K, Hope Studios, Rae Gun Ramblings, Lil Luna, Ginger Snap, Creations by Kara


Teresa said...

Oh Whitney, you are brilliant! Dani is loving this idea!

Sankat said...

That's so funny that he won't let you touch it :D. You did a great job. I have a feeling the YW are going to wish they copied it.

Lytles said...

Looks great Whitney! Nice colors.

Jen Shumway said...

You can use it also as a pillow unless you get to bring one for medical reasons. HAHA

{ HeatherK @ AReformedHeath'n } said...

My daughter came home from her trek last year wishing we had done this. I really like the idea of decorating it even more. Thanks!

Play Eat Grow said...

What a neat idea! And yours is way cuter than your husbands's. :)

jennthegreat said...

Found this post from Pinterest. It's hilarious! Your husband sounds a lot like mine. Thanks for posting this. I'm heading off to Trek in 3 weeks as a "Ma" and have needed ideas of stuff to bring. Love the idea of using the top of a bucket as a pillow.

Angi said...

Hey where did you get that cute wagon you used on your bucket?

Sims Family said...

Angi, I downloaded it for 99 cents from Silhouette. I used it on the flag and the bucket. :)

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