4. Mark 3 Inches from the Bottom of the Bucket
Use a Sharpie to mark a line 3 inches up from the bottom of the bucket. This line will show how full to fill the bucket with concrete. You can make the stool as thin as 2 1/4 inches but 3 inches is a safe thickness that will resist cracking even if you add too much water.
5. Mark the Location for the Legs
Use a Sharpie to make three equally spaced marks around the rim of the bucket. These marks will serve as guides for positioning the legs.
6. Fill the Bucket with Concrete Mix
Fill the bucket up to the 3” line that’s marked on the inside of the bucket.
7. Add Water + Mix It Up
Start with just a couple cups of water before adding more until the concrete is the consistency of lumpy oatmeal. Too much water will weaken the concrete and too little will make it difficult to thoroughly mix. Mixing concrete is not as easy as mixing a cake. The sand and gravel in concrete mix is heavy. Tilting the bucket on its edge can help.
8. Vibrate Out the Bubbles
Shake and tap the bucket to vibrate air bubbles to the top of the wet concrete.
9. Set the Legs into the Wet Concrete
Place the legs into the wet concrete and position them so that they line up with the three equally placed marks around the rim the bucket. Then, use duct tape to hold the legs in place and a ruler to make sure the legs were extended an equal distance above the rim of the bucket.
10. Let the Concrete Cure for 48 Hours
Once the legs are placed, let the concrete sit, undisturbed, for 48 hours.
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