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What You'll Need

Heavy duty hot glue chalk (to mark) scissors round wood circle 3.5 gallon bucket yard stick Heavy duty stapler batting   3 yards of the cheapest felt fabric Rag rug

Step 1

To begin you’ll need to cut your felt into 4″ width strips.

Step 2

Then wrap the strips around your bucket starting from the bottom and working your way up. I used my glue gun to secure the pieces to the bucket.  BTW photo below shows how the bucket should look after being shaped.

Step 3

Following that add a double layer of batting for additional padding. I used my glue gun to secure it as well.

Step 4

Then flip your bucket upside down and hotglue all your raw edges to the bottom of your bucket.

Step 5

Just like this. It doesn’t have to be perfect because it will be covered.  (Don’t use your stapler. The plastic is too thin and they will stick through the other side)

Step 6

Following that cut out a piece of round fabric to secure over the bottom. Use hot glue for this as well.  (you can use felt or some faux leather. That’s what I used, that way it could be wiped clean)

Step 7

Before cutting your rug measure the height of your bucket and add at least 3 inches to the height.  My bucket was 13″ so I cut my fabric at 16″ .

Step 8

If your working with a rag rug like I was then it should fray like crazy at this point. Don’t freak out. IT’S OK!! This is where your glue gun comes in handy.

Step 9

Since I didn’t cut the bottom of the rug I didn’t have to glue it but the area that was cut needed to be secured. I carefully used my glue gun to go over the 2nd to last row where I cut. This made sure that edges wouldn’t keep fraying while I’m working with it.

Step 10

Following that I took my cut piece of rug and wrapped it around my padded bucket. I used a needle and thread to sew the edges together.  I used a bigger needle and quadrupled my thread. Doubling it will work just as good too. I made sure to make it super tight in some cases even overlapping the fabric to get it tight enough. I wouldn’t recommend using hot glue for this step since this requires a lot of pressure and probably wouldn’t hold up well.

Step 11

To clean up the bottom of your bucket glue all your rug edges down to your bucket for a cleaner look.  As you can see I used the uncut rugs side for the bottom of the bucket.

Step 12

This is what the bottom of your bucket should look like when finished.

Step 13

Then take your frayed edges that are sticking out at the top of your bucket and fold them inside.

Step 14

Use hot glue to secure them. As you can see there’s still visible folds and that’s okay because we’ll cover it with fabric.

Step 15

I used a long piece of felt fabric to glue over the raw edges. YES, I ran out of fabric! Originally I was planning on covering the whole inside but, I don’t mind the pink.

Step 16

Here’s an idea of what my wood and foam sheet looked like. I believe my foam is about 1″ and the wood was 3/4 “.

Step 17

To begin making your lid use a marker to trace the wood circle.

Step 18

Then use scissors to cut it out and attach the foam to your wood with some hot glue.

Step 19

Following that attach your batting with a stapler.

Step 20

Lay your padded lid on top of your fabric and sketch an approximate circle about 5″ bigger. Then use your glue gun and go right over where you sketched. This will eliminate it from fraying when cutting.

Step 21

When cutting avoid cutting to close to the glue. I gave it about an inch.

Step 22

This is what it should look like before you begin stapling.

Step 23

Okay here’s where it gets kind of tricky. At least for me it was since this was my first time doing this. For this step staple as little as possible because you’ll be removing them after.  Go ahead staple your fabric tightening it as much as possible and keeping your staples away from the edges.

Step 24

Once you have a somewhat tight fit now you can go around all the edges and staple your staples in a row tightening in some spots if needed as you go.

Step 25

Then remove your staples from the center and unfold your fabric.

Step 26

Cut off all the excess fabric.

Step 27

And secure a fabric circle on top with some hot glue. I used faux suede for this as well.  I also stapled any edges sticking out to make the surface even flatter before attaching my circle.

Step 28


The texture on this footstool is too cool! I’m so glad I didn’t go with regular fabric.

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