How to Make Lawn Furniture

Patio furniture can be made from almost anything. Plans can be purchased to build a patio set from new wood. Although reusing some old unwanted items is an easy cost effective way to create a lawn set. Some items can be acquired with no cost at all. You may be able to build the entire set with no cost at all. Wooden wire spools are often thrown away, and would make a great lawn set.

Things You’ll Need

  • wooden wire spool 28 to 36 inches tall
  • 4 wooden wire spools 18 to 26 inches tall
  • Sand paper, or electric sander
  • Paint
  • Tape measure
  • 4 inch thick foam
  • Outdoor fabric
  • Staple gun
  • Glass sheet

Making the seats

Step 1

Sand five wood cable spools. Remove any splinters, nails, or staples in the wood.

Step 2

Paint the four smaller spools with two coats of a desired paint color.

Step 3

Apply a thick layer of hot glue over the top of the seat.

Step 4

Press the foam down on top of the spool.

Step 5

Place the spool upside down on top of the outdoor fabric.

Step 6

Staple the fabric to the spool. The fabric should wrap around the foam and the piece of wood that the foam sits on. Work your way around pulling the fabric snug as you staple. Cut away any excess fabric. Cut the fabric an inch away from the staples.

Step 7

Flip the spool over. You should now see a cushion on top of the spool.

Step 8

Repeat Step 5 through 7 for the remaining three spools. This will create a set of four seats.

Adding a table to match the chairs.

Step 1

Paint the large wooden spool with two coats of a desired paint color.

Step 2

Wrap the cylinder part of the spool with rope. As you are wrapping the spool, apply a line of construction adhesive behind the rope. Work your way around the spool making sure to rest the next layer of rope on top of the previous layer.

Step 3

Glue a piece of felt to the top of the spool. Cut away any excess felt.

Step 4

Place the glass on top of the spool. Center in place.

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