As an elementary teacher, I’m always spending money on my classroom in the fall. Anything I can do to save money is a must. When a friend and I walked by a pile of electrical spools sitting outside our newly rewired building, we started racking our brains for how we could use them. We came up with a plan to turn them into stools for our classroom reading nooks. Buying bean bags every couple years can get expensive, so I was definitely up for a cheaper option.
DIY Spool Stool Instructions
1. Spray paint stool.
2. Cut circles from foam pad in varying sizes.
3. Cut fabric in circles that measure at least 4 inches bigger than the largest foam circle.
4. Stretch fabric over foam and staple to the stool. (If using a clock face as a reference, staple at 12, 3, 6, and 9 first. Then fill in staples.)
5. Trim any extra fabric with scissors. Glue decorative ribbon or trim onto fabric.
|TOTAL COST: $24
[$8 fabric + $2 ribbon + $4 spray paint + $10 foam mattress pad]
I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out. They ended up reminding me a bit of Luigi’s toad stool. (Think old school Nintendo circa 1989.) I just hope they hold up to twenty-something 5th graders fighting over them (sweating on them, throwing them, licking them…This list could go on and on.) Click HERE to check out my entire classroom makeover!