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How To Make Handy Upcycled Hanging Bucket Storage

I’m so excited that I now have my own designer painted shed for storing my craft supplies in. I made some upcycled hanging bucket storage from old yogurt pots to match the paint job on the outside.

Most mornings my breakfast consists of Greek yogurt, berries and nuts. Subsequently, I get through a lot of Greek yogurt, so I buy it in these large containers that actually look like small buckets.

Even though they are recyclable these containers seem such a waste. So I try and reuse them whenever possible, that’s when I got the idea for using them for hanging DIY tub storage.

DIY Tub Storage Using Old Yogurt Containers

The only thing is that even though these old yogurt tubs are perfect for making hanging bucket storage they aren’t very attractive.

As I love the Marimekko design I printed on my shed I decoupaged the Greek yogurt tubs to match the shed.

I now have Marimekko designer hanging bucket storage inside my shed and it looks fab!

Upcycled Marimekko hanging bucket storage

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What You Need To Make Marimekko Hanging Bucket Storage

  • 3 Large food plastic buckets. Mine was Greek yogurt containers from Aldi. However, I’ve seen other foods like popcorn sold in similar types of containers.
empty Greek yogurt bucket
Marimekko paper napkins UNIKKO
  • Hooks for hanging bucket storage. Coat hooks with a long arm are best.
  • Scrap piece of wood, I used a bit of an old pine floorboard.
  • Black paint
hooks and wood

Decoupaging The Upcycled Hanging Storage Buckets

1. The first thing to do is to paint the buckets white. This is to stop the print showing through the decoupage. I actually painted 2 coats with some paint I had left over from painting the shed.

Don’t worry too much about what kind of paint you will be using as it will be covered over.

When decoupaging with paper napkins, the paper is very thin. This means that design on the storage tubs can show through. That is why it is best to paint over the tubs before decoupage.

painted DIY storage tubs

2. Next, take one paper napkin out of the packet and cut it into strips about 4-5 cm wide.

With round tapered objects, it is much easier to decoupage them in strips. I successfully used this method before when making the map mason jar banks.

Marimekko paper napkin decoupage

3. Most paper napkins are 3ply. For decoupage, you only use the top printed layer of the napkin.

Carefully, remove the top printed ply of the printed napkins. Discard the other 2 napkin layers.

separating the ply layers on paper napkin

4. Next, using a brush apply Mod Podge to the side of the hanging storage bucket. Then carefully stick down the strip of the paper napkin.

Use a clean brush to gently brush out any air bubbles.

applying Mod Podge to hanging storage bucket.
decoupage DIY storage tubs

5. Carry on adding strips of paper napkins until the whole storage bucket is covered.

Make sure you line up the pattern with every new strip of paper napkin you stick down.

decoupage tubs
Marimekko decoupage storage bucket

5. Once the paper napkins have dried. Cut away any bits of napkin overlapping the edges.

Then, cover the outside of the DIY storage tubs with another layer of Mod Podge. When this dries it will act as a protective varnish.

Finishing Off The Hanging Storage

6. Measure and cut the hanging backboard, so that it fits the space it is designed for. Whether that is your shed or craft room.

Then paint the board to match the colour of the paper napkins. With the Marimekko napkins I used, black was the dominant colour. So I painted my backboard black. (Also, I just happened to have some leftover black paint).

painting the wood black

7. Finally, screw in the coat hooks to the board. Make sure they are spaced out wide enough for the hanging storage buckets to sit side by side comfortably.

adding the hooks

Now that all that is left to do is to hang the DIY storage tubs whether it be in a craft room or in my case a craft shed.

upcycled hanging storage buckets

These buckets are really handy for storing the little things. I have one bucket full of small pieces of driftwood, another pinecones and the third paintbrushes.

I need to make more hanging storage buckets for all the other bits and pieces I collect for my upcycling projects. Such as shells and broken pieces of ceramics, old screws and hooks, etc. The collection is endless, I’m a bit of a magpie.

They would be good for storing essential craft supplies in a craft room and hang them from a pegboard.

upcycled hanging diy storage tubs
upcycled hanging storage buckets

These yoghurt pot upcycles featured in the A to Z of clever upcycles and resources.

If you liked these hanging storage buckets then you might want to check out some of my other upcycled DIY craft storage organization ideas. And my collection of Marimekko inspired crafts.

Denim Hanging Baskets

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Thursday 3rd of October 2019

Love this Claire! I think these would be great plant pots too, either as holders for pots of why not make some holes in the bottom and use them with a plate underneath? Of course you have so many to use they'd be great gift baskets as well! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

Claire Armstrong

Friday 4th of October 2019

Thank you, I do like the plant pot idea. Maybe in the spring.

Michelle Leslie

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019

They fit right in Claire. I'm still hunting high and low here in South Africa for some of those gorgeous serviettes. Love that pattern

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 3rd of October 2019

Thank you, Michelle. I find mine in the kitchen and gift shops, I'm surprised that they aren't so common in South Africa.


Monday 30th of September 2019

I'm a massive Marimekko fan. Love what you've created here. They're fab!

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 1st of October 2019

Thank you, Lucy. I must be one of their biggest fans ?


Friday 27th of September 2019

These are cute! It is always great to be able to upcylce into something beautiful. Glad to have found your post at #homematterslinkparty!

Claire Armstrong

Monday 30th of September 2019

Thank you, I love to use the things around me when crafting.

Jennifer Wise

Thursday 26th of September 2019

They're so darling. Nice job. :) #creativeinspirationslinky

Claire Armstrong

Thursday 26th of September 2019

Thank you, they do look good in the shed.