With 62% of Americans worrying that they’re recycling incorrectly, sometimes the best thing you can do is to reuse what you’ve already got. Rather than stress about cluttering your home with unwanted objects or incorrectly disposing of them, simply turn them into something brand-new. Odds are, for example, that you’ve used a five-gallon bucket at one point or another. Once it has served its original purpose, however, it can feel like it’s just taking up space. Don’t fret: if you think outside the box, there are tons of creative ways you can reuse a five-gallon bucket. Take a look at our first post on the different uses for a five-gallon bucket, and then check out this new set of DIYs you can try out.
Hanging Tomato Planter
If you have a green thumb but lack the space for a sprawling garden, consider making your own tomato planter. With the help of a five-gallon bucket, doing so is simpler than you may think. You’ll be able to grow delicious tomatoes with ease, and due to its hanging design, the planter won’t take up any extra space in your home.
For this DIY, you’ll need a five-gallon bucket, a drum cap seal, landscaping fabric, soil, and the tomato plant. Drill a hole in the bottom of the bucket, making sure it’s large enough to accommodate the tomato plant, and then line the bucket with the landscaping fabric. Cut an X shape in the fabric and push the tomato plant through the fabric and the hole in the bucket, which should grip the plant tightly enough that it won’t fall. Fill the bucket with soil. All that’s left is to hang the planter on a sturdy holder and let the sunshine and water allow your tomatoes to thrive.
Feeding your dog can be quite the hassle, especially if you tend to be out and about during Fido’s mealtimes. To take an extra load off your plate, you can transform a standard five-gallon bucket into an automatic dog feeder in a few easy steps. Start by cutting off the bottom of the bucket and then cutting a small semi-circle out of the rest of the bucket. Cut the bottom of the bucket again so that it fits against the feeding hole and glue the two pieces together. Load up your new contraption with dog food, and your pup will have enough to last them a while—as long as they don’t pig out, that is.
Turning your yard into an oasis for twittering birds doesn’t mean you have to buy an outrageously expensive birdhouse. Simply put a bit of time and elbow grease into a five-gallon bucket, and you’ll have a birdhouse in no time. Essentially, all you need is an upside-down bucket and a stand to put it on. Create as many holes as you would like nesting areas for birds; if you’d like to create separate rooms, cut some wood boards down to size to separate the different holes. The best part? You can decorate it however you’d like to make a charming addition to your yard.