Want to recycle plastic bottles but don’t know what to do with them afterward? I’ve got a DIY project to turn your unwanted trash into a comfy stool!
Recycle Plastic Bottles | Turning Bottles Into A Stool
Growing up, I was taught to recycle plastic bottles. I’ve always known about the benefits of reusing, so I've tried to instill the same habit of recycling to my family and friends as well. The way I do this is by showing them all sorts of projects to be done with the recycled goods. One of them is this cushion stool DIY!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 19 plastic bottles
- Duct tape
- Plywood boards
- Circular saw
- Polyester wadding
- Polyester fiber fill
- Polyester lining fabric
- Staple gun
- Needle and thread
Step 1: Form The Base
Grab 7 of your recycled plastic bottles and group them together. Secure them using duct tape to keep them from budging.
Tip: Make sure to go around the bottles with the tape to keep them tight.
Step 2: Strengthen The Base
Line the remaining 12 bottles around the base you’ve just created. Keep them in place by attaching duct tape around the bottles as well.
Step 3: Cut Plywood Boards
Measure the diameter of the base and use those measurements to help cut your plywood board. You’ll need to cut 2 circles from your plywood. These will be placed on the opposite ends of your stool.
Step 4: Position Plywood Boards
Once you have the plywood circles cut, place them in position. Sandwich the bottle base by putting one plywood circle at the bottom, and the other plywood circle at the top.
Step 5: Make Markings
Give yourself a guide before drilling by simply marking a few points on the top plywood circle. Make about 6 markings: 1 in the middle and 5 around the edges.
Step 6: Drill Screws In
Carefully drill screws onto the 6 markings you’ve just made. The drilled screws will help ensure your stool base becomes more sturdy.
Tip: Make sure the screws go through the bottle caps (for the top cover) or bottom of the bottles (for the base).
Step 7: Repeat On The Bottom Side
Turn the bottle base upside down and repeat steps 5 and 6 on the bottom plywood circle.
Tip: Make sure the screws are tightly screwed to prevent the boards from moving.
Step 8: Cover And Sew Sides
Wrap the bottle base with polyester wadding. Trim off the excess and then sew the two ends together to help keep it in place. Don't forget to tug on the wadding to ensure a tight fit.
Step 9: Attach The Wadding To The Plywood
Fold the excess wadding over to the plywood circle. Then, use a heavy duty staple gun to fasten through the wadding to the plywood. Continue doing this until you attach all the edges.
Step 10: Place Polyester Fiber Fill
Flip your bottle base over, then, scoop up your polyester fiber fill and place it on the plywood circle. Using a needle and thread, sew the opposite edges together to keep the fiber fill from falling out.
Step 11: Cut Lining Fabric
Measure the height and diameter of your stool and mark the measurements over on your lining fabric. Once marked, cut your lining fabric to size. You should end up with 3 pieces: 2 circles and 1 rectangle.
Step 12: Sew The Edges Of Your Lining Fabric
Fold the rectangle fabric piece in half and sew the edge where the 2 ends meet. At this point, you can also sew on one of the fabric circles with the lining fabric.
Tip: Use a sewing machine if you have one. It will make the job so much faster.
Step 13: Fit The Stool Cover
Place the fabric cover over your stool base and double check on the fit of the pieces. Then, flip over the stool and stretch the fabric to make sure everything is snug.
Step 14: Attach The Ends
Fold over the excess lining and wadding, and attach everything in place with a staple gun. Remember to secure the edges to ensure a tight fit.
Step 15: Attach The Remaining Fabric Circle
For an added layer of floor protection — and to hide the unsightly plywood circle — place your remaining fabric circle over the plywood. Fold over the ends and attach using a staple gun.
And voila! You now have a stylish stool ready to be placed in the living room!
Trust me, no one will ever believe your stool came from recycled plastic bottles. That is, until you show them how easy it can be done.
Help recycle plastic bottles by making an easy stool DIY. Press play on the full video tutorial below:
Remember, when you recycle plastic bottles, you’re not only reducing the world’s trash. You’re also saving yourself a few bucks by making new things out of the recycled materials.
Do you recycle plastic bottles in your home? Let us know what you and your family do with them by leaving us a comment below!
Want to recycle beer bottles next? Here’s a roundup of things you can use them for!
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