- 5 gallon plastic pail
- Very sharp instrument-kitchen knife, coping saw, or X-acto knife
- Sandpaper—medium and fine
- 14” round pillow
Measure the child see how high the back of the barrel seat needs to be. You will need to decide how much support he or she needs. The sides can be cut away or left to make a curved support that gently rounds shoulders, if needed. You can often get a 5 gallon pail free from a restaurant, small business, or farm if they buy products that come in them. Mark the cutting line with a permanent marker. Cut carefully. Sand edges with medium sandpaper and repeat with fine sandpaper. Use round pillow as seat cushion. You can usually find round pillow forms at craft or fabric stores.
Note: You can actually get two barrel seats from one pail if the children for whom you are making them for are small and you cut carefully.