Antique 1800s Five Gallon Oil / Fuel Bucket by riverjim on Etsy, $48.00
Maybe do this in small metal buckets for a banner/clothesline over the table?? DIY umbrella stand: concrete in a 5 gallon bucket weighs about 50-60 lbs, first set in a sleeve to slip the umbrella rod into.
Have a water cooler rack on your washing trailer or truck? Why spend 50.00 or more for one when you can make one. Cut a 5 gallon bucket open at least half way around, wider for larger coolers, reuse a belt or strap to hold the cooler in place.
5-Gallon Bucket Spacer. It's nice to keep some empty 5-gallon buckets around, but the only way to efficiently store them is to stack them. The problem is, they can get stuck so tight it feels like they're glued together. Put a short chunk of 2x4 between the buckets when you stack them. It'll be a cinch to pull them apart. Big Sky Builders www.bigskybuilder... www.facebook.com/...
A pasture shelter can be as simple as an open-ended A-frame. One option for ensuring stability in the wind is suspension of 5-gallon buckets inside the shelter: Fill with water to anchor against the wind, empty when ready to move the shelter.
Camping Potty (for ahem... the kids) I just can't justify spending so much on a little potty so here's the exact same idea as the storebought ones! Take any 5 gallon bucket (the square ones fit the seat well), a mini toilet seat (for potty training kids), a roll of scented dollar store bags and some kitty litter. Store litter and bags in the bucket if you dare, scoop a half cup of litter into a plastic bag slung into the bucket and voila, instant potty with easy cleanup! Hey, we all do it!
This filter would be installed into a 5 gallon bucket for good freshwater filtration. Instead of stockpiling fresh water with hundreds of cubic feet of jugs or barrels, get a WaterBOB for your tub and this simple filtration kit and a 5 gal. bucket and you are set! You could use this to filter rainwater or stream water. A barrel would be good to capture rain water though.