How To Make A Super Lightweight Stool Out Of Bottles
Got any spare plastic bottles lying around? Instead of throwing them away, why not put them to good use! As today's upcycling hack demonstrates, you can turn unwanted trash into stylish furniture in next to no time...
- plastic bottles, all the same size (the number depends on the size of the stool)
- duct tape
- polyester wadding
- padding material
- lining fabric
First, arrange 7 plastic bottles so that there's one in the center surrounded by 6 others. Secure them in place with duct tape.
Now create another layer of bottles around the first 7. These also need to be secured with duct tape. This number of bottles is enough for an average-sized stool.
The next step is to prepare the plywood. Cut two circles that are about one inch larger in diameter than the ring of plastic bottles.
Use a power screwdriver to attach one piece of plywood 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 so 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 of the stool to create a soft area to sit on. Simply press the padding onto the plywood...
...and sew the excess wadding together with long threads to secure everything in place. 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 removing layers of bottles. You can also use a waterproof fabric to make some stylish stools for the backyard or other fabrics that compliment your home decor. As well as being lightweight and easy to move around the house, these stools also help to reduce waste. Pretty genius idea, don't you think?