Bucket Seat

Need a chair? Easy. Just flip a 5 gallon bucket upside down and park yourself on top.

It’ll support your weight, but it won’t feel nice. Buckets in the raw weren’t designed to be sat on comfortably, they were designed to be practically indestructible. Buckets have a lot of plastic ridges and seams which like to dig into your butt. It’s fine if you’re just sitting down for a few minutes, but increasingly painful the longer you sit on one.

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Garden Hose Holder

Plenty of hose length is the modern homestead equivalent of the irrigation channels the Egyptians dug into the banks of the Nile when they were inventing civilization. But unlike the Egyptians’ floodwater ditches, garden hose can get out of hand!

5 old hoses I got for free from Freecycle

So for just as long as we’ve had garden hoses to tangle, we’ve been thinking up ways to keep hoses neat and tidy so you don’t trip over them or run them over with the lawn mower. And wouldn’t you know it, many of them are sized at five gallons. Continue reading

Ice Cream Maker

If you’ve ever had fresh homemade ice cream, this picture should hit you right in that part of the brain where childhood memories are enshrined.


A terrible thing happened to ice cream since the above White Mountain ice cream maker was first forged. Today most ice cream ingredient labels lead with “modified milk ingredients” – and it’s becoming harder and harder to find ice cream made with cream.

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DIY Bed Frame

Most people don’t know the most important service a bed frame provides.

A bed frame raises the mattress off the ground to dry out all the sweat you eject into your mattress each night.  If this moisture builds up too much over time your mattress can turn into a perfect new world for colonies of mold and mildew.

But like most things, bed frames are overpriced. I once saw a solid wood bed frame for over $1000! If you want a bed frame for less than 40$ with the added bonus of having more storage space then you’ll ever need, build it with 5 gallon buckets!

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