Start by putting together the base of the ottoman. You’ll need to cut pieces of the 2x2s to give strength, then cover the whole thing with cardboard. You can learn how to do this in my Slipcovered Ottoman Post.
Next, trace the end of the spool on the posterboard to get the pattern for the top. Put it aside and let’s rope it up!
Once the base is finished, let’s make the top: You can see the plywood, then the template, the foam (I used two layers for maximum comfiness, then 3 layers of quilt batting. I had all of these left from other projects, but you can purchase a set of chair pad cushions for about $8 at Walmart (for a set of 4) – it’s the cheapest option if you don’t have any on hand.
You don’t need to leave the cardboard template in the stack, I just put it in the photo for reference. I used the template to cut the foam and the board (which I cut out with a jigsaw.)
Once you have all the layers in place, wrap the batting tightly around the board/foam layer and then staple. After you have it secured all the way around, trim up the batting.
For this project I used Command Picture Hanging Strips – just use them according to the directions on the package. (Umm… these things are like magic!)
Click two of them together, peel off the paper on one side, stick it to the top, peel off the other side, then press into the top. If your top is too thick to make them work (my first attempt was), you can attach a small, round piece on top of the base to give them something to hold on to.
Then, sit back, relax and enjoy your new coastal style ottoman!
See ya soon with another project! In the mean time, I’d love to see you over at my blog at The Shabby Creek Cottage.
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