Tutorial: Transform Trash Cans into Child Sized Stools


Remember when we were making over our basement into a playroom? Well, that hasn’t progressed as quickly as we wanted, but I am here with a fun little update! I wanted to have an art area for the girls but we didn’t have a table that was the right size. So, we took our old square kitchen table and cut the legs off! My next issue was finding chairs or stools to fit the table. It wasn’t in our budget to buy anything, so for the time being, I made some stools out of metal trash cans!

They aren’t perfect, but they are just the right size and how cute is that arrow fabric?? I got it from Bobbie Lou fabric on Etsy and I’m so excited to offer a a giveaway to one lucky reader from Bobbie Lou at the end of this post!

First, I bought 3 metal trash cans off of Amazon that were the right height for my table.

I knew they needed to be a few inches taller, so I got some 2 inch high density foam for the cushions. And I spray painted the trash cans white!

Next, I just traced around the bottom of the trash can (or top of the stool).

I cut the circles out with a serrated knife and then smoothed out the edges with scissors.

Then it was time to make the cushions.  Like I mentioned earlier, I chose this premier prints home decor fabric from Bobbie Lou.

I also picked up some white piping, velcro and made some covered buttons. Now, I don’t have a full tutorial for the cushion cover. I just made it up as I went along and it didn’t turn out perfectly, but it got the job done. I basically made them the same way that I made my beanbag chairs.

I cut 2 circles and one long strip, then sandwiched the piping in between and sewed them all together leaving an opening for the foam.

Before sewing everything together, sew on some velcro to one side of the cushion.

I got velcro that was sew on for one side and stick on for the other side. I stuck on the other part to the stool itself. It worked perfectly!

My last step was to add a covered button to the center.  I used embroidery thread to pull it through.  I attempted regular thread at first and it broke right away. Embroidery thread allowed me to pull it tight so that it was a little indented in the middle (if that makes sense)

And now my stools are ready to use! They are the perfect height and actually pretty comfy. I’ve sat on them multiple times

And they easily fit under the table if I need them out of the way.

And now for a GIVEAWAY!! Bobbie Lou Fabrics is graciously giving away TWO YARDS of fabric to one very lucky reader! It can be 2 yards of the same fabric, 1 yard of 2 different fabrics or a few different fat quarters…really the possibilities are endless as long as it equals 2 YARDS! Get it?

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Arid Horizon by April Rhodes

Flight by Violet Craft

Voile La Venta by Leslie Shewring

Sprinkled in Morning by Leah Duncan

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