How To Personalize Horse Buckets

Personalizing Horse Buckets

Well since I am still in the recovery phase after surgery, I have yet another diy project that I have been meaning to get done. And now that I have the time to do it, I thought I would share it with you. If you have multiple horses that you are caring for, or if you are always losing your stuff this might be helpful for you. You can personalize horse buckets! It would also be a fun gift for your favorite equestrian, or a fantastic gift for the new horse owner.

And you can get as fancy as you want to with this little project, especially if you are a gifted painter. I am not a gifted painter (as evidenced by my free hand horse silhouettes.

I was going to use my Cricut machine to cut out some letters, but I found some stick on shiny letters that I had for another project.

Talk about super easy! Now all I needed to do was to decide what I was going to spell out on my fancy new bucket. I could do my name, or I could do what I am known for…being a budget equestrian. After a few minutes of indecision, I decided the stickers were pretty small. So I went with my original plan of using Cricut letters.

Getting Started

And I have decided to buy a few new buckets, with the sole intention of one day, I will be using them at a horse show. So one bucket at a time, I will be making personalized horse buckets for myself and my horses. I found this one at Riding Warehouse. Its a flat back bucket in teal. It is the 5 gallon size and it cost $7.95.

I am going with a theme for when I actually do get to a show, and this is what motivated me:

personalizing horse buckets

I love the bright colors. And I love unicorns, so this is where I got my motivation. And I don’t know why, but I love the dabbing unicorn so much, I think I am going to figure out a way to get this little guy onto a saddle pad. It will then be my lucky saddle pad.

Paper Letters On Horse Buckets?

First I used rubbing alcohol to clean the surface of the bucket and allowed it to dry.

How To Personalize Horse Buckets

Then I cut out the letters with the Every Day Fonts cartridge and it was F5 on the keyboard for the font I used. I made the letters 2″ tall.

How To Personalize Horse Buckets

Then I used Mod-Podge as my adhesive for the letters. Mod-Podge is safe to use indoors and out, so it makes an excellent adhesive for all of the projects I make.

How To Personalize Horse Buckets

I just kind of eye-balled how I wanted the letters to go on. And I applied a small amount of Mod-Podge to the back of each letter, and also a generous amount of the adhesive to small sections of the bucket. I only did a small section of the Mod-Podge at a time.

Once I had all of the letters in place, I gave them all another coat of the Mod-Podge.

How To Personalize Horse Buckets

And once everything was dry, this is how the bucket turned out:

How To Personalize Horse Buckets


Unique And Custom Horse Buckets

Can you see how this could be useful in a large barn, or if you are boarding your horse? You will no longer be guessing which bucket is yours. The custom lettering will let everyone know who owns this bucket.

And wouldn’t this be a fun gift for a new horse owner? Or even a unique Christmas or birthday gift. Just fill the bucket with necessary barn goodies, and you have a fantastic and thoughtful gift.

I think I will put together a fancy bucket of horse related items for the riding club I belong to, as an auction item in their silent auction they have at the end of the year. It will be a fun gift, and also get my name, The Budget Equestrian, out into the world so I can share my ideas with lots of other people!


I am horse crazy and love DIY projects, and finding great deals on everything horse related. When I have a new idea, or find a great deal I love sharing this information with you.

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