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How to Make a Shoe Caddy from Recycled Materials

By: Danny Lipford

This convenient shoe caddy is made from recycled 5-gallon buckets and scrap lumber. It’s great for keeping track of shoes in your garage, mud room, or closet. To make it, all you need is some 5-gallon buckets, scrap lumber, and leftover paint.

Shoe Caddy Materials List

  • 6 – 5-gallon recycled buckets
  • 1 – 1” x 8” x 12’ scrap lumber
  • 1 – 30” x 40” scrap plywood
  • 1 – Quart leftover paint

Making a Recycled Shoe Caddy:

  1. Use a sabre saw to cut the lip off the buckets with the rim of the bucket acting as a guide.
  2. Sand the cut edges on the bucket smooth.
  3. Arrange the buckets in a triangular shape (other shapes can be used as well), using spring clamps to hold them in place.
  4. Cut the plywood to size in a triangular shape so that it doesn’t protrude past the buckets.
  5. Screw the bottom of the buckets to the plywood.
  6. Cut the 1” x 8” to size at an angle so it forms a tight fitting frame around the buckets.
  7. Nail the four pieces of frame together.
  8. Sand and paint the frame.
  9. Slide the frame over the buckets, and screw the sides of the buckets to it.


  Cut rim off buckets.           Assemble frame.       Attach buckets to frame.

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