Build a Cheap and Easy Ikea Bucket Organizer

Build an organizer to hold 3 IKEA tin buckets! Sawdust2stitches for

Hey everyone,  Corey here from Sawdust 2 Stitches. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I have spent all of January trying to get my house back in order from the chaos of the Holidays! With New Years Resolutions still fresh on my mind, I thought I would share one of  my new builds to help  keep my home neat, organized, and stylish without breaking the bank!

This is a very versatile organizer that is  handy in any room!  With the added that bonus, that it is so cheap to build, you can afford one for every room in your home!

How to Build Bucket Organizer

Supplies Suggested
  • Miter saw
  • Sandpaper and/or Sander
  • Nail Gun and/or Hammer and Nails
  •  Handles/pulls (Optional)
  • Paint and/0r Stain
  • Paint brush
  • Ikea Potting Tins
 Cut List
  • (2) 1×2″ @ 4 1/4″
  • (4)  1×2″ @  14 1/4″
  • (2) boards @ 5  3/4  x  5″  (  I used a 1×6″ and cut to the specified dimensions.)
Cost Break Down:
  • (1) 1×2″ board (8′ long)   $1
  • (1) 1×6″ board                    $7          (Approx. Varies by location and quality. One board is enough for eight caddy’s!)
  • (3) Tins                               $2.50    ($0.79 a piece )
  • Hardware                           Varies  (  I got mine from Lowes  for less than $1 a piece!)
  • Total=           $12.50        ( Approximate,)


I  made these organizers to accommodate  Ikea  Potting tins. They are are  really  sturdy compared to a lot of smaller pails I have seen around recently, please they are super cheap!  You can find these in their plant section.  They are technically  considered  “Plant Pots”.

( If you don’t have access to Ikea, these dimensions can certainly be reconfigured to accommodate other sizes.)

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I  first cut all my boards and then sanded before assembling.  I used as dab of  wood glue on all joints, and then reinforced with  a 16 gauge 1.5″ nails.

Ikea storage Sawdust2stitches for remodelaholic  croppedIkea Organization Sawdust2stitches remodelaholic plans jpgIkea Storage Sawdust2stitches for remodelaholic  step 3 After it was completely assembled,  I filled the nail holes with a wood hole filler. Once the nail filler had completely dried, I then sanded it   again.  At this point  I was ready to add stain and/or paint.

Once the organizer is dried you can add your  handles (if desired) as well as your tins!

It works great in the kitchen as a utensil holder/organizer.  It is perfect to add character to a counter top, or would be excellent for the occasional party/bbq. (We live in Florida and pretty much BBQ year round.)  Ikea Pail  Organization Sawdust2stitches for remodelaholic

Does your office need a  little help ? Try  dressing it up with a little bit of gold spray paint, and you will have all the ease and accessibility without cluttering up your workspace.   Desktop Organizer Sawdust2stitches for remodelaholic

How about the bathroom vanity !?  This is what originally spurred this idea.   I always  hated things being on the counter top,  but hated fishing around  in the cabinets for the everyday essentials.  This caddy was the perfect  customizable solution. Ikea Storage Sawdust2stitches for remodelaholic  bathroom vanity

  Another thing I love about this design, is that is cute enough to be simply decorative!  Add a couple of  plants and you have an adorable stand alone decorative piece. Planter Sawdust2stitches for Remodelaholic Honestly, with different paint and hardware the possibilities are limitless!  Seriously,  you can easily adjust the measurements to accommodate any number of tins!

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So, as you are battling the ongoing war of containing the clutter,  give this a try.  It just might be the solution you need in every room, and with the cost you can afford it!

 Take Luck,

Corey from Sawdust 2 Stitches

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Corey is the voice and grunt labor behind Sawdust 2 Stitches, she freely professes, that she has a problem... She CANNOT leave well enough alone.
She can typically be found hunched over a sewing machine and/or covered in sawdust. All in the effort to create a perfect balance of aesthetics and practicality in her home.

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  1. Je ne parle pas la langue et ne sais pas la lire non plus, mais les croquis sont tellement bien fait que sans savoir lire le commentaire je peux faire tout ce qui est montré. Merci.

  2. cute idea! Where did you get buckets? Would love to get some without having to order them. thanks