In The Wild: DIY Ottoman Made From a Home Depot Bucket

Joette Solano

Article Posted By: Joette Solano

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DIY ottoman made from a Home Depot bucket

When we think of Homer Buckets, we usually imagine all the home improvement projects these orange buckets can help accomplish. But here’s a way to use a Home Depot five-gallon bucket to create a chic piece of decor! Check out this awesome DIY ottoman project from our friends at Brit + Co, using a few simple steps and our favorite cylindrical product.

Materials used to create a DIY ottman

This stylish mini ottoman is inspired by nautical ropes and classic patterns. Best of all, Brit + Co made three interchangeable cushions for this DIY ottoman, meaning you can mix up your decor whenever you like! Oh and guess what? It’s no-sew and you don’t need any power tools to make this ottoman yours!

– 120 feet of sisal rope
– 1 bag of microfiber towels
– 3 drawer knobs
– 1 Home Depot bucket
– Cardboard
– 3 curtains (Moroccan Geo in River MistMoroccan Geo in HickoryThermal Tweed in Cinnamon Stick)
Velcro® Ultra-Mate Black Tape (10 ft x 1 in Black Tape, Heavy Duty)

– Glue gun
Staple gun
– Hobby knife
– Scissors

Taking the handle off a Home Depot bucket in a DIY ottoman project

Step 1:

First thing to do is to remove the handle from your orange Home Depot bucket. It should pop right out but if you’re having trouble, grab some pliers and finesse it out.

Gluing rope onto a Home Depot bucket in a DIY ottoman project

Gluing rope onto a Home Depot bucket in a DIY ottoman project

Step 2:

Cover the bucket by wrapping it with a rope of your choice.

Start at the bottom and squeeze hot glue onto the rope, then press the rope onto the bucket’s surface. Keep wrapping, making sure each new row of rope is secured closely next to the previous row. You don’t want any orange peeking out!

Once you get to the top of the bucket, trim the rope.

Tip: You’ll need an extra layer of rope or two to cover up the lip of your bucket.

Cutting a cardboard pattern for the top of a DIY ottoman project

Attaching a drawer knob to the cushion of a DIY ottoman project

Step 3:

Create the cushion(s).

Start by creating a cardboard base. Trace the bottom of the bucket onto cardboard. Cut out the base.

Place it on your fabric, and draw a circle that is three inches larger than the cardboard.

Cut the fabric.

Use a hobby knife to pierce a hole in the middle of the cardboard.

Grab a drawer knob, unscrew it, and place the screw end of through the cardboard. Place the fabric over that end, and screw on the knob.

Tip: If your fabric is extremely thick, you might need to cut a little hole in the center of the fabric circle.

Stuffing the cushion in a DIY ottoman project

Stapling the fabric of a cushion in a DIY ottoman project

Step 4:

For stuffing, we used microfiber towels. You could also use excess fabric or stuffing, but these have a nice cushion to them.

Fold one up and wrap around the center of the fabric.

Glue it onto the cardboard.

Keep adding towels until you reach the edge of the cardboard.

Pull the fabric over the towel cushion you’ve just created, and staple to the underside of the cardboard.

Adding fabric to the back of the cushion in a DIY ottoman project

Step 5:

Cut a fabric circle that’s a little smaller than your cushion, and glue onto the back to cover up the stapled fabric and cardboard. Check out that clean seam!

Attaching Velcro strips to the cushion of a DIY ottoman project

Step 6:

Stick Velcro Ultra-Mate Black Tape on the bottom of the bucket and cushion.

Peel off the other adhesive side and press your cushion onto the bucket.

Tutorial for a DIY Ottoman Made from a Home Depot Bucket

Tutorial for a DIY Ottoman Made from a Home Depot Bucket


How stylin’ is this mini ottoman?

Have you spotted a Homer Bucket? Perhaps you’ve used one in your latest Home Depot project or have even seen them being used by others “in the wild.” Share them with us by tagging them with #LetsDoThis on Instagram, Twitter or Flickr! Or leave us a message in the comment section. And check more of our In the Wild photos.

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