How to make a super lightweight stool made from bottles
Not all plastic bottles are returnable. Some can't be taken back to the supermarket for a refund and instead end up in the plastic recycling bin or the garbage can. But instead of throwing them away, you can use them to make some really interesting things. One example is this stylish stool made from hidden water bottles:
- plastic bottles, all the same size (the number depends on the desired diameter of the stool)
- duct tape
- polyester wadding
- padding material
- lining fabric
First, arrange seven plastic bottles so that one is in the center and the other six are around it. Wrap them with duct tape to secure them.
Now form another layer of bottles around the first seven. These also need to be secured with duct tape. This number of bottles is enough for an average-size stool.
The next step is to prepare the plywood. Cut two circles that are about one inch bigger in diameter than the ring of plastic bottles.
Use a power screwdriver to attach one piece of plywood circle to the top of the bottles and one to the bottom.
Now you can wrap the bottles in a soft material such as polyester wadding. Make sure that the material overlaps the plywood on both the top and bottom enough that the excess material can be folded over the edges. You can then secure the fabric to the plywood on the bottom of the stool using staples or upholstery tacks.
Now you can add some padding material to the top side of the stool to give it a soft sitting area. Simply press the padding onto the plywood...
...and sew the excess wadding together with long threads to hold everything together. Make sure to use plenty of thread and sew in all directions to secure the padding firmly.
Now all that's left is the outer covering. Simply measure the circumference and height of the stool and cut the lining fabric to those dimensions. Make sure to leave some excess fabric at the top and bottom.
When you're finished making this fabric cylinder, it's time to cut the fabric for the top and bottom.
Once the top is sewn on, you can pull the outer covering over the stool frame.
Now you can staple or tack the fabric to the bottom of the stool...
...and cover the bottom with the same material. That's all there is to it. Your new stool made from recycled water bottles is ready for its first sitting!
Looking at the finished stool it's hard to imagine that there are a bunch of plastic bottles in there.
You can watch the whole process here in this video:
The special thing about this stool is that you can adjust the size any way you like simply by adding or taking away layers of bottles. You can also use a waterproof fabric to make some stylish stools for the backyard or other fabrics that fit well with your home decor. These stools are not only light as a feather, they also help to reduce waste. Pretty genius idea, don't you think?