How Do You Make a Bucket Light for Camping?

You’ve probably seen those cute camping bucket lights as you’ve walked around campgrounds. These five-gallon buckets have decals that showcase the owner’s personality. 

At night, they glow, providing a cool ambiance for the campsite. If you’d like to learn how to make one of these camping bucket lights yourself, it’s super easy and cheap!

You can complete this DIY project in just a few minutes. Once you have the items, you can easily put together a camping bucket light.

First, buy a five-gallon bucket from a home improvement store. Lowe’s, Home Depot, Ace Hardware, Walmart, and other stores will carry them.

1. Buy a Five-Gallon Bucket

Next, buy LED lights for your bucket. You’ll find so many different kinds available, so get the type that’ll produce the light you want at your campsite. 

2. Buy LED Lights 

You can find decals that range from $5 to $15. If you have a Cricut maker, feel free to make your own design.

3. Buy or Make a Decal and Put It on a Bucket

When you’re ready to put the decal on your camping bucket light, clean the surface thoroughly with rubbing alcohol and let it dry. Once dry, apply the decal. 

Once you put the decal on the bucket, you can install the LED lights. Some people choose to fill the bucket with water. This prevents it from blowing away. 

4. Install the Lights Inside the Bucket

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