Many factories or service facilities use wire wound on wooden spools. While they are convenient for storing wire, the spools are often tossed in the trash when empty. These spools are sturdy, and their shape and size are perfect for transforming into a child’s seat. Recycle a wire spool into a cute little stool for your child.
Things You Will Need:
Wallpaper or wallpaper border
Hot glue gun
Electric meat knife
1-inch-wide, double-fold bias tape
Large safety pin
Determine which round end sits flatter on a surface. For me, this end was the one with the heads of the bolts laying flush against the board. This end will be the bottom. The other end had bolt ends that stuck out slightly. This is the top of your spool. Choosing a color of your choice, paint both sides of the round bottom and the bottom side of the stool’s top. The top of the stool and the center post do not need to be painted.
Measure around the circumference of the center post using a measuring tape. Add 1 inch to this measurement. Measure the height of the post. Using these dimensions, cut wallpaper or a wallpaper border. Apply craft glue to the back of the wallpaper and wrap the wallpaper around the post. Overlap the extra inch on the end and secure with more craft glue.
Lay a piece of corrugated cardboard on your work surface. Place the spool on top of the cardboard and trace around it. Cut out the traced circle using a craft knife. Apply hot glue to one side of the cardboard. Place the cardboard on the top of the stool and hold in place until the glue has cooled. The cardboard will prevent the ends of the bolts from poking little bottoms when sitting on the stool.
Lay a piece of 1-inch thick foam on your work surface. Place the spool’s top on the foam and trace around it using a permanent marker. Using an electric meat knife, cut out the traced foam circle. Apply hot glue to the top of the attached cardboard circle. Place the foam circle on top.
Lay the fabric you have chosen for the stool’s top on your work surface. Cut the fabric around the stool 2 inches larger than the spool.
Slip the open edge of 1-inch-wide, double-fold bias tape over the cut edge of the fabric circle. Pin the tape in place. Attach the tape using a zigzag stitch. Cut the end of the bias tape where the ends meet. Do not sew the ends closed. The bias tape has created a casing.
Measure the circumference of the stool’s top. Add 12 inches to this measurement. Cut a cord or scrap trim using this measurement. Attach a large safety pin to one end of the cord. Thread the cord through the casing. Pull the cord through, leaving an equal amount of cord extending from each end. Remove the safety pin.
Place the fabric over the top of the spool, covering the foam and cardboard. Pull the ends of the drawstring, cinching it below the top of the stool. Tie the ends in a knot and trim the ends.
Cut a length of fringe trim using the circumference of the spool’s top, plus 1 inch. I used trim recycled from an old bedspread for this project. Attach the trim around the edge of stool top using upholstery tacks and a hammer. Space the tacks approximately 2 inches apart.