Monday, June 3, 2013

Made It Monday

I'm so excited to be off for the summer and have time to indulge in little projects. This one has been hanging over my head for FOREVER. I actually bought most of the supplies last summer and then my husband burst my bubble by telling me that circle are way hard to cut. I had him ask one of his coworkers that makes furniture and that didn't work out. I also put out a plea to the parents at open house and in an email - nothing. I finally had to think about a work-around. Here it is...

I bought cake circle (which happened to be the perfect size) and glued two together with the corrugation perpendicular in case that make it more sturdy. 

Then I traced them on the foam I bought at JoAnn fabric and cut them out.

oops, I guess I ended up with toes and a dog in this one

I cut the fabric into 6 equal pieces (which unfortunately was a little tighter than I would have liked on two sides). I used spray glue to attach the foam on one side and the fabric on the back. I originally was going to staple it but this seemed okay.

Next I I had to sand the plastic lids a bit to roughen them up so I could use some heavy duty glue to hook the cushions to the lids. I decided to use a paint brush so I could spread the glue a little since it is so thick. I went through two of the E 6000 tubes to make 6 stools.

Here is the final project. I have to say I'm so relieved to finally have this one done. Although I may actually add some ribbon but I haven't decided for sure. I just hope they hold up. I guess only time will tell.

I know I got the idea from somewhere but I didn't have any pictures pinned so I searched one out this evening. That's what made me think about ribbon.

I'm looking forward to another summer of crafting projects inspired by...
Thanks Tara.


  1. I like these seats too! Where did you get your blue buckets from?

    ~Diving Into Learning

  2. These are so cute! Thanks for sharing!


  3. LOVE these! I've always wanted to try the crate seats but thought that by the end of the year my fifth graders would be too heavy but these look really sturdy! Total side note, I love your blog and am happy to be your newest follower!

    Teaching with a Touch of Twang

  4. These are cute and do look very sturdy! I am also a new follower of yours :)

  5. I really like these seats! They seem more durable than crates. Very cute :)

    Miss A's Kindergarten

  6. Love these!!! I thought about these, but I am afraid my Kinder's feet wouldnt touch the floor! :)

    Mrs. Hoffer's Spot

  7. Very cute and crafty!! I'm amazed when people do projects like these because I don't think I'd have the patience! These turned out cute!

    Collaboration Cuties

  8. Hi Heather~I absolutely love this idea and my father-in-law has lots of these buckets in his garage. Maybe he'll clean the up for me. ;)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  9. Hi Heather! These turned out adorable and look like they will be sturdy!! The blue just pops:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  10. Oh my goodness!! Cutest seats ever!
    Fun in Room 4B

  11. I think I like these even better than the crates seats. Thanks for the tutorial. They look fantastic!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  12. I am happy that I found another 4th grade blogger.

    I love the colors and pattern you used on your seats. They look sturdy enough for my 4th graders. I may have to try making some.

    Foreman Teaches

  13. super cute! I got buckets at walmart for $1something, but they didn't come with lids...

  14. I made these in the fall (probably September) and they held up pretty well through my insane children. Mine did have wood though (my dad cut it out) and I did bolt the wood to the lids. BUT I've only had to replace 2 lids (due to children taking the seats off and then putting their knees through the tops). SO, they will hold up. :) I LOVE mine because I cannot fit six fourth graders in regular size chairs around my kidney table.

  15. Thanks for this great tutorial! I teach 6th graders and they love to have "choice" seating. I've made the crates, and use them in my reading center, but this would be great as an alternate seat, anywhere in the classroom!

  16. Great post - do you remember where you got your fabric?

  17. Replies
    1. Hi! Could you please tell me where you got the buckets?

    2. I got them at Lowe's. The buckets are still going but I've had to replace some lids. You have to tell the kids not to kneel on them or their knee can push through (5th graders anyways). Butts are fine but the knee doesn't distribute the weight enough.

  18. These are awesome however you need to be careful with the bottoms. Kids that slide around in them too much will destroy the wax on your floor and probably damage the tile too. I've seen it firsthand.

    1. I've had them for four years now and never had an issue with the floors.