My toddler absolutely loves her DIY cupcake seats! They are the Perfect addition to her Eat, Play, Sleep Cupcake Kid’s Room! She can easily remove the lid and store her toys inside. They are comfy and cushy and the perfect height for her and her friends. They are 100% DIY! Made from a dollar store cleaning bucket wrapped in fabric, these seats are super cheap and fun to make. Click here for my other dollar store decor ideas.
Step 1: Gather your supplies
- Cleaning supply bucket from dollar store (9 X 9 X 12)
- Purchase 3 different fabric patterns (36 inch, 18 inch, and 16 inch)
- Yard stick
- Plywood board
- Liquid glue, drill and screws, or hammer and nails
- Cupcake design duct tape (from the dollar store)
- Staple gun
- Iron and ironing board
- Pillow filling
- Sewing machine and thread
Step 2: Cover the storage bucket
- Lay out 36 inch fabric and set bucket in center. Draw a circle around the bucket.
- Measure out from the bottom of bucket the length of the bucket + a little extra and make a mark (9 inch tall bucket + 1.5 inches = 10.5 inches)
- Remove the bucket. Find and mark the center of the circle.
- Measure from the center of the bucket to the mark you just made (length of bucket). For my bucket, this was 10.5 inches =+ 4.5 inches = 15 inches.
- Place your yardstick on the fabric so that the 15 inch mark is at center so you can mark out 15 inches (or whatever your length) in both directions at 0 and 30. Draw a straight line along the ruler (no need to mark inside the inner circle where the bucket will sit) to determine where to fold and iron the material in later steps.
- Rotate the yardstick 1 inch to the right, keeping the 15 inch mark at center, and repeat the step above until you make it all the way around the circle.
- Use fabric scissors to cut out your material as marked.
- Fold fabric accordion style along the lines connecting the inner and outer circle. Once you have about 5 or so fold, iron the material and repeat until you complete the circle.
- Lay your fabric out and place the bucket back in the center. Pull the fabric up over the sides and staple in place all the way around. Secure with dictate duct tape.
- Finish taping inside of bucket with duct tape for a finished look.
Step 3: Cover the storage lid
- Cut plywood to make one 10 inch circle (size of inside of the bucket opening) and one 14 inch circle (1 + inches wider than the width of the outside of the bucket opening).
- Center the 10 inch plywood circle under the 14 inch plywood circle and screw, nail, or liquid glue the two pieces together.
- Cut two 18 inch wide circles from my 18 inch fabric. Place the two right-sides of the fabric together so they laid back to back. Sew just over half way around the circle, turn it back right-side out, place the wooden circles inside, and continue sewing on the inside by hand until you are left with a 5 inch opening. Stuff filling on the top side of the 14 inch wood circle and continue to hand sew it shut. Finally, on the bottom-side of the lid, along the outside of the 10 inch wood circle, staple the fabric into the wood.
Step 4: Top it with frosting
- Take your 16 inch fabric and fold in half so right-sides are together. Sew all the way down along the loose edges. Turn back right-side out. Circle the fabric on top of the cupcake in a scarf-like fashion, starting from the outside and ending in the center.