How to Make a Paper Bucket

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You never know when you may need a bucket. Knowing how to make one out of a common material like paper is a handy skill that can be of use when you are camping, hiking, picnicking or cleaning. Making a paper bucket can also be an interesting party trick. The only things you need to make a paper bucket is a large piece of paper and a few minutes to fold it into shape.

Make your paper square if it isn’t already. Tear it into shape with your hands. It doesn’t matter if the paper isn’t perfect. It just needs to be more square than rectangle to get the folds right.

Place the paper on the ground or on a table so that it is a diamond shape. One of the corners will be facing away from you and one of them will be facing toward you.

Fold the bottom point to meet the top point of the diamond. The paper is now folded in half. Crease the fold. This will form a triangle made of two flaps.

Fold the right corner so that it touches the left edge of the triangle. This will form a 90 degree angle.

Fold the top point of the triangle down over the part you folded in Step 4. The flap will now look like a triangle pointing toward you and the other top flap will still be pointing up.

Flip the paper bucket over and fold the right side over to the left side so that the point is touching the left edge. This will make a 90 angle.

Fold the remaining top flap down over the fold you made in Step 6 so that it looks like a triangle pointing towards you.

Pick the paper bucket up and open it by placing your hand in the middle of the folds. To use the bucket, fill it with water and carry it with one hand under it for support. The bottom should flatten and stabilize itself when set on the ground.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using newspaper to make the paper bucket, layer several sheets of paper for a stronger bucket.
  • Do not use for hot items.

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