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Monday, July 27, 2015

Rustic Charm Room - How to Make a DIY Pouf or ottoman

Back from Girls Camp and back to Ashlee's room!!
A few of you might be a tad impatient to see Ashlee's room done!!
I promise I am going to show it to you!! 
Any whoo! I really wanted one of those knitted poufs like below for Ashlee's room.

I love the texture and the extra seating it could provide, but didn't like the $80 price tag.
(Shocker I know!)
I thought about trying to con my mom into knitting one, but then I found this great aqua colored rope basket on clearance at Marshals for....
wait for it....
No brainer for me!!

If your a little confused, wondering if I plan on her sitting in the basket, let me explain.
I brought the basket home and went through my wood pile.  
I used an old painted piece of OSB to cut two circles and two rectangles. It didn't really matter what it looked like as I planned to cover the whole thing. I used the diameter of my basket for the diameter of my wood circles.  My rectangles length equaled the diameter of the circles. I also cut a slit in each rectangle. Last of all I found some small wooden legs, which I cut one section off to give me the right over all height.
 (I often buy legs at second hand stores, you never know when you will need them. And $1 a leg is super cheap.)
Now I was ready to start assembly.
Refer to the photo collage below.
1.  I slid the two rectangles together, creating an "X".  Then I attached one circle to the "X" with some glue and nails.
2. Next I flipped it over and attached the second wooden circle.
3.  I them cut a strip of sheet metal. Cut it as tall as your ottoman and as long as the circumference of the wooden circles. I use what I have, I had left over sheet metal from Em's magnet board project.  You could use heavy poster board, or thin flexible plastic or wood for this step. 
4.  I just tacked the sheet metal around the form.  Make sure your seam starts and ends on the end of one of your x pieces so you have something to attach it too. Then cut a foam circle and glue it down with spray glue. (Again This was an extra piece of foam I had, you could possible even piece the foam.)

5.  Using spray glue I attached a layer of batting over the whole form.
6.  Then I found a scrap of fabric and covered the whole assembly. I happen to have leftover brown velvet from Ozzie's bed, so that's what I used, and just stapled it on the under side.
7.  Next I marked and drilled holes equal distance apart, and then screwed the legs in.
8.  You may notice the legs look darker.  I used 2 or 3 coats of gel stain on them.
9.  Last step, pull the basket over my new ottoman.

I am loving it!!

You could really make this with any material you like and whatever size you want.
You don't really need legs, but I wanted more height so I added them.  I could have just made the whole thing taller and had the brown material peaking out underneath, but I was really making it up as I went along. 

If you want to pin this baby to make one of your own, here is the perfect pining picture.
Would love to see how yours turns out!!
Now let's talk money!!

The cost breakdown.
Rope basket           $17
    Legs                         $4   
Everything else was left over from other projects.
Total                       $21
I saved almost $60!!!

It works great and can be pulled off to clean!
What do you think?
Just a few more projects and this room is done!!

Thanks for stopping by.

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dee dee said...

You are so creative!!!! Love this project! Looking forward to seeing the completed room! Dee Dee

Cristina Garay said...

Sooo Ingeniuous!! I love it! The color and the texture are amazing.

fabulosa said...

That is fabulous. LOve the color and all the materials you used.

Unknown said...

I LOVE the pouf idea and need to check whether my Michael's has a basket on sale to try this project!!!