My six year-old is a cotton candy fanatic. It’s her favorite thing in the whole world. Getting cotton candy is such a special event that she’s begun collecting her cotton candy containers, which are often little plastic buckets. She displays them like trophies…or mementos of my poorer parenting decisions. And so, I’ve been on a mission to use them up! Get them out! That’s how we came to create our own cotton candy bucket stilts. Also, ice cream bucket stilts. I know. I know. Cotton candy and ice cream! At least using the stilts will help them burn off all that sugar, right?

You can make stilts, too. Here’s what you’ll need.

Bucket Stilts Supplies


  • 2 containers (approximately 64 oz. cans or plastic buckets)
  • Nail
  • Hammer
  • Scissors
  • Rope
  • Craft Supplies (optional)


  1. Using the hammer and nail, punch a hole in either side of each container.
  2. Bucket Stilts 1

  3. If you’re feeling fancy, you can use some craft supplies to decorate the containers. Make them look like elephant feet! We had some gold spray paint left over from another project, so we used that and added some stickers.
  4. Bucket Stilts 2

  5. Cut two pieces of rope, one for each container. Make sure the rope is long enough to thread through the holes in your container and reach your child’s hands.
  6. Bucket Stilts 3

  7. Thread the rope through the holes in the containers and tie the ends. You will have a loop of rope going through each container that your child can use as a handle.
  8. Bucket Stilts 4

  9. Let your kiddo jump on and take them for a spin!
  10. Bucket Stilts 5

A few tips:

  • Be sure to test the strength of the container you use. The larger ice cream buckets we used actually held less weight than the smaller cotton candy buckets.
  • Using the stilts really does take some coordination. Be prepared for some stumbles. I recommend trying them on the grass as it’s a little softer if someone tumbles.

Originally written for and posted on the now-defunct My OH! Momma website.