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Up-Turn

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Rebecca Garner
Up-Turn

Project Type

Make-it-Yourself

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Furniture

Waste Materials

Garden Waste

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Up-Turn is a fun new way to Up-Cycle and encourages you to think out side the box by literally up turning the box. By doing this up turn action you can reveal an exciting new way to Up-Cycle waste. This stool is an up turned plant pot which has been upholstered with some funky fabric with added Up-Cycled wine corks which have been embroidered with a bright contrasting colour.

Materials & Equipment List

Large plant potMDF board Fabric Foam Flat buttonsSpray multi purpose adhesiveWine corks Embroidery thread Epoxy resinCompassProtractorRulerPenLong needle Staple gunDrillEmbroidery needle Scissors

Making Instructions (Login to see the full instructions)

Firstly you need to find an old plant pot that you wish to Up-Cycle, you then need to Up-Turn it to get the first glimpse as your new Up-Turn furniture.
Second step is to measure the diameter of the base of the plant pot and using your compass and ruler draw out the circle onto a piece of MDF.
Using the band saw you can cut the piece of wood to the correct size of the base of your plant pot.
Either pre buy a piece of upholstery foam with the correct diameter or draw the circle and cut it yourself. Once you have the foam mark out the centre using your ruler, then mark the foam with a dot every 72 degrees at 8.5cm from the centre. You should have 5 dots and one in the centre.
The next step is to thread up your long needle, the needle needs to be longer than the width of the foam. Once you have threaded the needle you need to tie a knot onto the flat button securing it to the thread.
Place the fabric over the foam and the button on top. You must push the needle through the points marked on the foam to distribute the buttons in an even pattern. Once you have pulled the needle through the fabric and foam,at this stage you need to attach another flat button this will help hold the tension of the thread. You must then push it back through the under side of the foam and into the fabric. Now your needle is on the right side of the fabric it must then be looped through the button and the process repeated. Each time you loop through the buttons and back into the foam make sure to pull the thread tight, this will create dimples in the cushion. After you have looped through the button enough times to make it secure, you must then tie off. Firstly make sure you tie off on the hidden side with the foam exposed, the best way to hold the tension of the thread is to wrap the thread around the button over again and then you can tie a knot.
Once you have completed the previous step you can add the other buttons.
Using multi surface adhesive spray both the foam and MDF, wait for it to go a tacky texture before pressing the two sides together and holding in place for a few minutes until it dries.
The next step is to pull the fabric tightly around the board and secure with staples using a staple gun. By making small folds as you go around the circle it creates a tidy appearance and makes it easier to staple. Make sure you stretch the fabric and pull tight.
Once you have fully upholstered the foam you can then drill it from the underside of the plant pot onto the base of the stool.
Choose a brightly coloured thread for your cork buttons, then sew around the edge of the cork to create the desired effect. Once the cork is embroidered all the way around the edge then it can be glued on top of the flat buttons using epoxy resin
Once you have completed all of the steps you will have created your own Up-Turn stool through Up-Cycling an old plant pot and wine cork.
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Rebecca Garner

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United Kingdom

Product Design student at Nottingham Trent University....

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