Distributing my harvest from the rain barrels has really revived my love for the bucket. Most buckets come with a small plastic grip which really is not much better than the wire handle. One such puny handle belonged to this bucket and was broken, making it a true pain to carry around the yard.
So, I whipped out my trusty hose cutters and rummaged through my hose box for a piece of something more cush. I was drawn to a piece of reinforced high pressure rubber fuel hose because it seemed to have a good outer dimension to fit nicely in my hand, and a thick wall meaning a softer grip. After slipping the wire handle off the bucket, and getting rid of the broken plastic pieces, I measured up a perfect piece and cut it off.
With a little bit twisting, and a little water for lubrication, I slid the hose into position and reinstalled the handle on the bucket. I repeated this with my other buckets making them all more pleasurable to haul around the yard.
I just used some scrap pieces of hose that I had, but even some garden hose would also work well. It all comes down to what your feels nice in your hand, and what you have access to.