Inspire My Creativity - Fabric Decorated Galvanized Bucket

It's so easy to add a little extra color and style to an already cute storage bin or bucket, when you take 15 minutes to do a little decor makeover. I have a simple makeover that will look great in any room!

cute home decor mod podge decoupage fabric

I love shopping at thrift stores and looking for the perfect item that is waiting for a  makeover. Some of my favorite projects (this sign and this Lego Dollhouse Tray for example) have been items I've found at our local thrift store and used a little imagination and a bit of makeover magic to create something that I really love. Join me for a look at this easy makeover to a cute little galvanized bucket I found during one of my recent trips to the thrift store.

This oh-so-easy tutorial today will show you how you can add some cute patterns to a plain container. I hope this helps you get an idea of what you can do to personalize items for your own home.

This project is part of a brand new crafting group that my friend Shani from Sunshine and Munchkins has put together. Once a month all the co-hosts of Inspire My Creativity are assigned a theme/technique/item to use to create a project. We will all share our tutorials, and also add a link up area that anyone can add their own project to that has to do with the same topic that we have posted about.

Check the end of the post for the other projects and if you are a blogger, leave a link to your own project.

Fabric Decorated Storage Bin

Two weeks ago when I was on my weekly thrift store run, I found a cute little denim covered galvanized bucket. I picked it up because it was $.75 and I knew I could find a use for it. It's hard to pass up such a great deal!

This project is pretty easy and quick to make. With just a few supplies and half an hour you will have a new decorated storage bucket!

Supplies Needed to Decorate Storage Bins with Fabric

craft supplies needed to decorate tin bin

This post contains affiliate links. I will receive a small portion of any sale in exchange for advertising the items I used to create this project.

Galvanized Bucket - I can't find any with the fabric covering. This one was originally sold in the At Home store, but I couldn't find the item online. You can find a similar bucket sold here.
Fabric - You will only need about 4 inches. I had a stockpile of fat quarters on hand and used that.
Fabric Scissors
Regular Scissors
Mod Podge - Use the Fabric formula
Foam Brush
Piece of thin cardboard
Hole Punch
Craft Mat - optional, but useful for protecting your crafting space from the sticky Mod Podge

Simple Tutorial to Make Fabric Decorated Galvanized Buckets

1. Use a round paint bottle or jar to trace different size circles onto a piece of thin cardboard. You can use a circle craft punch if you want all the circles to be the same size. Use the regular scissors to cut the circles out.

diy fabric decorated storage bin

2. On the back side of the fabric, trace as many circles as you think you will use. I did two large circles and 4 smaller ones for each side of my bucket.

use fabric scissors to cut shapes to decorate tin tub

3. Use your fabric scissors to cut the circles you traced onto the back of the fabric.

easy tutorial decorate bucket with colorful fabric

4. With the foam brush, spread the Fabric Mod Podge onto the back side of the fabric circles. The fabric formula is very thick, so you want to spread it out in a thin layer. Place the circles onto the bucket in a decorative way.

5. When I had the circles onto the bucket, I decided that I wanted to add some small circles amid the larger ones. I used a hole punch to make fabric confetti. Using the eraser end of the pencil, I dipped it in the mod podge and added the tiny fabric confetti to my decorative bin.

use fabric to makeover a home decor bin

And that's it! This fabric decorated bucket is a cute piece that is ready to use in the home. My girls saw it and decided right away that they wanted to use it.

bathroom health beauty hair decorated storage bin
It now holds their beauty and hair products, which is nice because before this everything was scattered over three rooms. They asked if we could find a few other bins to decorate, so it looks like I will have to make more trips to the thrift store to find some more.
fabric decorated galvanized bucket step by step tutorial

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, the new crafting group Inspire My Creativity, is hosting a craft challenge link up once each month. We create a new post each month to go along with our theme and share the tutorial on our pages, as well as hosting a link up for other people to share their fun projects.  

Inspire My Creativity Link Party July Thrift Store Makeover

So, you will get my tutorial, as well as links to quite a few other wonderful projects to check out too! This month our theme is - THRIFT STORE MAKEOVER 

Meet the Co-Hosts

Shani - Sunshine and Munchkins         Missy - Gypsy Magpie 
Anna - Practical and Pretty          Ali - Home Crafts by Ali          
Meredith - The Designer DIY          Cathy - A Boy and His Mom
Emy - Semigloss Design          Christine - Swordfights and Starry Nights
Meg - The Kusi Life          Kim - Creigh~ations
Sarah - Making Joy and Pretty Things          Candice - She's Crafty
Lauren - A Life of Love and Joy

Inspire My Creativity Link Party

Link up 2 of your posts that have to do with the monthly theme - THRIFT STORE MAKEOVER
We will share on social media the posts linked up to this party!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday August 9th for our next link party! We will be sharing a new challenge project and the link up on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Here's a sneak peek at our theme for next month, we would love to have you create a project and share at our next link party!!

Inspire My Creativity August Theme Chalk Paint


  1. What a cute little bucket! I love how quick and easy it was to update it!

    1. My girls love having in in their bathroom. They asked to go shopping for more beauty supplies to add to it.

  2. Ali thanks for letting me know about the party! Have a great rest of the week!

    1. Thanks for linking up Mary! What a cute milk crate upcycle!! I wish we got cute items like that at our thrift store!

  3. Such a cute bucket! I love using galvanized buckets to store small things.

    1. They are fun to have around...and even better when they are cute to look at!

  4. Super cute. Love the choice of fabric :)
    Thanks for announcing the link up party. Hope you like it!

  5. Mod Podge is seriously the coolest. Happy to be doing this new link party adventure with you!

    1. I pretty much use Mod Podge in about 80% of my projects because I love it so much. =) I'm glad to be doing the new link party/craft challenge with you too! It's so great to see what everyone comes up with.

  6. This is so cute! And practical :) I love Mod Podge!

    1. Mod Podge does seem to be a magical crafting supply item - SO many uses!

  7. Thanks so much for participating in the challenge! You did a great job transforming that bucket!


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