Do you have a habit of buying things that come in a bucket and then throwing the bucket away? Or maybe you just send them off to a recycling center? Or do you have that one friend who always wants your old buckets? Have you ever wondered why? There are tons of uses for buckets in all sorts of ways and we are going to explore the world of upcycling your next bucket.
The Container For Construction
While many construction sites use large equipment to work with, there are still a ton of uses for a bucket on the site. It may be that you need a bucket to put all the copper wire scraps into. You could discard the small pieces of plaster or drywall. You might need it on your concrete mix for a small walkway. Some people even put their tools and supplies into the buckets to carry around the site with ease. Bucket companies, like Affordable American Containers, sell contractors pallets of buckets to help them get the jobs done. Especially if the contractors have multiple jobs taking place at once!
There are some ingenious ways to use buckets but one of our favorites is for use with water. First, you can use some buckets for rainwater collection. Secondly, you can create a water filtration system with some more buckets, PVC pipe, charcoal, sand, and gravel. The prepper community talks about these systems often and it doesn’t appear to be difficult to create or use at all. What would you use the water for? You could use it in your garden, to wash your car during a drought, use it for cooking, and you could even pour it down your toilet to flush it. Using rainwater can save you tons on your water bill each year and help your garden and lawn survive a drought.
Grow Your Own Food
If you have limited space, or your soil is not conducive for gardening, you can use buckets to create a container garden. Not all foods are right for container gardening but we do have suggestions on the best ones for the 5-gallon bucket:
- Cherry or bush tomatoes, one per bucket, stake in the middle
- Cucumbers, one per bucket
- Melons, one per bucket
- Squash, one per bucket
- Eggplant, one per bucket
- Your favorite herbs, one bucket per herb
- Peppers, two per bucket
- Bush beans, three per bucket
- Onions, four per bucket
- Lettuce, four per bucket
- Beets, four per bucket
- Carrots, ten per bucket
- Radishes, ten per bucket
Container gardening is very popular among urbanites and beginners. Even a seasoned gardener can decorate a bucket to fill with beautiful flowers or a bit of extra food if they are out of space. Imagine how much money you could save by growing your own food?
Feed Your Chickens
If you have some backyard fowl or have considered getting a couple, buckets can help you out in big ways. You can turn them into nesting boxes by simply turning them on their side and cutting it down 2/3 of the way. Or you can create your own feeders by drilling some holes near the bottom, setting onto a foil roasting pan, and filling with chicken feed. You can also do the same thing to fill with water.
Storing Dry Camping Supplies
If you have a fire pit in the backyard or you go camping a few times a year, you know how important it is to keep some of your supplies dry. Using an air-tight bucket, you can keep all the supplies for a fire dry. Paper towels, kindling, tinder, fire starter, matches, or a fireplace lighter all fit neatly into a bucket and can be kept somewhere handy so that you can get that fire going. If you are camping, you can get a second and larger bucket to haul some wood, or collect it from the surrounding site, to ensure dry wood during your stay.
Most people have used buckets to carry soil, collect water during plumbing jobs, or purchased them for the contents inside. There are so many possibilities to what you could do with a bucket!