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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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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