How to Make a Mushroom Stool

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Would you ever guess this super cute mushroom started life as a discarded bucket from a deli? This mushroom stool is made from a used 5-gallon bucket, some scrap plywood, a pool noodle and a few other materials that add up to about $20 for two stools.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 inch plywood scrap at least 16" by 16"
  • Small nail 
  • String
  • Pencil
  • Jigsaw
  • Pool noodle
  • Utility knife
  • Duct tape
  • Stapler and 5/8 inch staples
  • Polyester filling

  • Vinyl tablecloth
  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Polyester batting
  • 1/2 yard burlap
  • 5/8 inch wood screws, 6
  • 1/2 inch washers, 6
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Step 1: Prepare the Seat

Tap a small nail into the center of a scrap piece of 1/4 inch plywood at least 16 inches by 16 inches. Tie a piece of string to the nail and then tie a pencil to the other end, about 8 inches from the nail. Pull the string tight and draw a circle.

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Drill a hole near the marked line, slip the jigsaw blade into the hole, and cut out the circle.

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Cut through a pool noodle to the center the entire length of the noodle, using a utility knife.

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Open the noodle and insert the piece of plywood. Trim the end of the noodle to create a smooth junction.

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Secure the noodle with duct tape and staple the tape in place on both sides.

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(Image: Debbie Williams)

Step 2: Upholster the seat

Pile polyester filling into the center of the seat.

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Tip

  • Instead of buying poly fiberfill, we repurposed the filling from an old pillow, which worked out very well.

Cover with a piece of vinyl large enough to give extra material on the edges. Hold the vinyl in place and turn the assembly over.

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Pull the vinyl over the edge and staple in place on one side. Directly across from the first position, pull the material tight and staple.

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Turn the seat 1/4 turn and repeat the process.

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Continue pulling and stapling, working each 1/4 section at a time until the vinyl is secure all the way around the seat.

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Trim the excess material with a utility knife.

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Step 3: Upholster the Bucket

Wrap the bucket with polyester batting and staple it in place.

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Cover the batting with burlap, using the salvage as the starting point, top to bottom of the bucket.

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Staple the burlap to the bucket, wrap it around and staple the other side.

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(Image: Debbie Williams)

Gathering in the extra material, staple all the way around the bucket rim, again working in 1/4 sections to keep it even.

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Turn the bucket over and repeat the process for the bottom. Trim the excess material.

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Step 4: Assemble the Stool

Turn the seat upside down and center the bottom of the bucket on the seat.

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Using 5/8 inch wood screws and washers, reach inside the bucket and screw through the bucket and into the seat, using about 6 screws to secure the mushroom top to the bucket.

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Exceptional cuteness! Find instructions for the tree table here.

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