I have to give it to Tara...I certainly would have had a hard time staying motivated all summer prepping my classroom if it wasn't for her Monday Made Its! Thanks so much!
This week, I made some stools for my guided reading table. These six little guys are going to give my crowded classroom a lot more seating options! I am very excited about them!
Here they are! I don't know why I decided to surround the pole in the dining room with them, but....
To make them was very simple, and pretty cheap, too. I bought the paint tubs and lids at Lowe's. 4 of them had permanent labels on them while the other two had removable labels. Because of the permanent labels, I decided to use the duck tape to help hide the imprints. They helped a little...thankfully, the labels are only on one side of the bucket.
I removed the handles from the paint tubs, and I used the lids as my pattern for cutting the material. (I used canvas. I alreday had the blue, and I picked up the bright plaid at JoAnn Fabrics. They will both match my room wonderfully!) I cut the material in circles with a 6 inch bigger diameter than the lid itself. It doesn't matter if it is perfect....just leave about 3 inches around from the lid to the size of the circle you cut.
Finally, I stuffed the lid by stapling the canvas to it and filling it. I decided to use a duck tape trim around the bottom edge of the seat cover. It helped to conceal the staples, and I liked the finished look it gave to the stools.
What do you think? As I said, I really like them. My sons have already tried them and decided that they were sturdy and comfortable. I can't wait to use them around the table, for partner work, and for just extra seating around our gathering spot.
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