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DIY Beach Bucket

Make your own very own DIY beach bucket to store all your beach necessities with you with this creative how-to.

If part of your plan is to head to the beach or the pool this summer, you are probably going to find this simple, functional, and adorable beach bucket pretty handy! With my favorite crafting essential, Mod Podge, some brightly colored fabric, a little bit of rope, and a steel bucket, you can create the perfect carryall.

Flip flops, towels, sunscreen, you name it - if it’s a beach necessity, you’ve now got the perfect way to carry it with you to your sandy destination. Skipping the beach and heading to the backyard instead? Transform your beach bucket into a cooler simply by adding ice and your favorite beverages!

  • Your favorite color fabric
  • Steel utility pail
  • Painter’s tape
  • Newspaper
  • Fabric spray adhesive
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • 120 grit sand paper
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Rope or twine
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Craft wood plaque
  • Chalk

Step 1: To make the bucket, measure the fabric to fit the height and circumference of pail. You may want to be sure you get a little extra fabric just to have a little wiggle room when adhering it to the pail. Cover all areas of the pail that don’t need spray adhesive with painter’s tape or newspaper (use indentations on side of pail as guide).

Step 2: Lightly spray pail with adhesive. Then, apply fabric around pail, smoothing with your hands and removing any bubbles as you go. Tip: do small sections at a time so as not to be overwhelmed with spray adhesive. You can always fix the fabric if it lays down wrong

Step 3: Turn fabric under at the edge to create a finished seam. Trim any excess fabric along the tape line. Remove paper and tape.

Step 4: Once fabric is applied, apply layer of Mod Podge. Sand it lightly once dry and apply another layer of Mod Podge. Repeat this step 2 more times.

Step 5: Glue rope or twine along the top and bottom edge of the fabric with a glue gun once the fabric is dry.

Step 6: To make the chalkboard plaque, sand the wood plaque lightly to smooth any rough edges.

Step 7: Apply 2–3 coats of chalkboard paint.

Step 8: Glue chalkboard sign to the pail with using a glue gun. Voila! You are ready to soak in some sand with your very own beach bucket.

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