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.
Things You'll Need
- 1/4 inch plywood scrap at least 16" by 16"
- Small nail
- Pool noodle
- Utility knife
- Duct tape
- Stapler and 5/8 inch staples
- 5-gallon bucket
- Polyester batting
- 1/2 yard burlap
- 5/8 inch wood screws, 6
- 1/2 inch washers, 6
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.
Drill a hole near the marked line, slip the jigsaw blade into the hole, and cut out the circle.
Cut through a pool noodle to the center the entire length of the noodle, using a utility knife.
Open the noodle and insert the piece of plywood. Trim the end of the noodle to create a smooth junction.
Secure the noodle with duct tape and staple the tape in place on both sides.
Step 2: Upholster the seat
Pile polyester filling into the center of the seat.
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.
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.
Turn the seat 1/4 turn and repeat the process.
Continue pulling and stapling, working each 1/4 section at a time until the vinyl is secure all the way around the seat.
Trim the excess material with a utility knife.
Step 3: Upholster the Bucket
Wrap the bucket with polyester batting and staple it in place.
Cover the batting with burlap, using the salvage as the starting point, top to bottom of the bucket.
Staple the burlap to the bucket, wrap it around and staple the other side.
Gathering in the extra material, staple all the way around the bucket rim, again working in 1/4 sections to keep it even.
Turn the bucket over and repeat the process for the bottom. Trim the excess material.
Step 4: Assemble the Stool
Turn the seat upside down and center the bottom of the bucket on the seat.
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.
Exceptional cuteness! Find instructions for the tree table here.