53 Frugal Uses for FREE Buckets

53 Frugal Uses for FREE Buckets

This post may contain affiliate links.  Read my affiliate link disclosure here

53 uses for FREE buckets! I LOVE 5 gallon buckets, well I THOUGHT I did until I found how how expensive they were. Then I found out how I could get FREE buckets

I LOVE 5 gallon buckets… well… I THOUGHT I did until I found how how expensive they were.   BUT then…I found out how I could get FREE buckets that were 2.5-3 gallons and were even BETTER than the 5 gallon ones! Because 5 gallon buckets are SO expensive (I mean, they are just a bucket), I am 100% willing to transition to a smaller FREE bucket! Check out my post HERE on how you can get them for free!

I now prefer the 3 gallon ones because they aren’t as bulky, and are so much lighter when I use it for bulk food storage.

Outside uses for Buckets


  • Garden planters (drill holes in the bottom), and easy to move towards the sun
  • Grow hanging tomatoes-  click HERE for a tutorial
  • Use it for composting HERE 
  • Create a hanging strawberry garden HERE
  • Learn how to grow potatoes with them HERE
  • Grow a Mushroom farm HERE


  • Carry warm water out to the chickens in the winter time
  • Make a chicken watering device like THIS  or THIS
  • Use it for chicken nesting boxes like shown HERE
  • Make a chicken feeder HERE
  • Turn it into a bee hive  HERE
  • Love Birds?  Make them a house like THIS


  • Store garbage
  • Put old car oil or grease in
  • Store Charcoal
  • Store camping gear such as bungee cords, tent stakes, ect.
  • Great for Extension Cord Storage like HERE


  • Create outdoor chairs for camping like HERE
  • Make a “Hillbilly Washing Machine” by clicking HERE*Create a camp shower- learn how HERE
  • DIY Bucket Swamp cooler instructions HERE
  • Create a “pump” outdoor sink HERE
  • Turn it into a “fishing gear” bucket
  • Turn them into a fish trap HERE
  • Use it as a bucket backpack HERE
  • Make a Bucket Light  like THIS
  • Check out how they made a rain water purifier HERE

Indoor Uses


  • toy storage
  • clothing storage
  • “water table”  be sure to supervise your children and do so at your own risk
  • Foot stools (Use with caution, they aren’t the most stable when empty)
  • Store outdoor toys in with lid to keep from getting wet
  • Re-purpose it into a kids chair like they did HERE  or HERE
  • Make a camping toilet like THIS or THIS
  • Use as sensory “bin”.  fill full with rice and/or beans.  OR store your sensory items in it
  • Create a bucket swing  HERE
  • Use as a cloth diaper pail like HERE
  • Create a “Pediatric seat” HERE
  • Make a wishing well  HERE
  • Create a PVC frame use the buckets for toy storage like THIS

Food Storage

  • Store bulk items such as wheat, flour, sugar, rice, beans, ect.  Click HERE  to see how I use it to store my food.  (You may want to use Mylar bags if they will be store for long periods)  THIS is a great blog with tips on how to use those.
  • 72 hr kit storage
  • Learn how to make a Water Filter with them HERE
  • edited to add: store water in them for easy rotation

Home Improvement

  • Mix cement or mud for drywall
  • Great use for using a paint roller… see HERE
  • Seems like tools are always scattered in the garage, you can create a “Tool Bucket”  HERE

In the Home

  • Foot stools
  • Turn it into a cute Ottoman like HERE
  • Use as laundry baskets/buckets
  • Garbage cans- Pretty much EVERY room in our house where our “Guests” don’t really visit or use our garbage
  • Create a “Gift Wrapping Bucket” HERE
  • Make a mouse trap HERE
  • Build an “Art Bucket”  HERE Like shown in #5
  • Finally, fill it full of tools for a “house warming gift”
  • Store your 72-Hour Kit or Bug out Bag in it

As a result, 53 outdoor and indoor uses for buckets!  Now, go to your closest grocery store with a larger bakery and ask away to take a few home!  It’s usually easier to find them in the winter vs summer times.

Looking for more frugal living projects?  Read 17 DIY Projects for Frugal Living for some great ideas.

This post may contain affiliate links.  Read my affiliate link disclosure here

Facebook Comments

One thought on “53 Frugal Uses for FREE Buckets

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.