To finish off her summer vacation, Pep and a friend are going on their first Primitive Camping trip which involves a canoe and a river. Rather than a hiking backpack, camp recommended two five gallon buckets to store gear in.
Five gallon buckets are cheaper than a decent hiking backpack so off to home depot I went to grab two 5 gallon Homer Buckets. The buckets were $2.97 a piece but then you have to buy the lids – so it was a little over $10 for both.
We then came home and decided they needed some color so out came the duct tape. In hindsight, we should have used a darker duct tape because of the orange, but at least she will definitely know which two buckets are hers. We normally put a cushion on them, but skipped it for now. If they survive the trip, we will make seat cushions for them after she comes home.
I spent a few days trying to decide if I wanted to do camp buckets or sit-upons for our girls for their first camping trip. Pep had made her first sit-upon as a Daisy with a table cloth, duct tape and newspaper stuffing but I wanted to try to do something a little different.
While we were in Joann’s, Pep saw these really cute reusable shopping bags at check out. These were more rectangular than square but she loved the pattern (it had an owl on it) and of course a handle/strap. So she picked up a couple different patterned bags and we trucked to the back of the store to get a huge piece of craft foam and then corresponding duct tape which in this case was yellow.
I had a few girls over for another activity, so we decided to see how hard and how long it would take to stuff them. We rough measured the craft foam based on the bag and then doubled it to make it 2 inches thick. After cutting the craft foam with some help, the girls worked on getting the foam inside the bag. We folded the sides and bottom in to make a nice square sides and bottom and then went heavy on the duct tape. We did the stop last and I would say they came out pretty nicely.
Pep has had hers going on four years now – and they are still holding on. Later we made them with the whole group at camp in all shapes and sizes.