How to: MCM-inspired Spool Ottoman

DIY + How To

Continuing with our promise to be curators of the best things online and in the design world, this week’s first How-to post comes from a project we spotted on that fabulous blog, Design Sponge. There’s no shortage of great-looking furniture available today, both vintage and contemporary, but sometimes you can’t find exactly what you need, or you stumble across items ready to be transformed or you just get the itch to do something do-it-yourself.

This is an adorable ottoman created from a salvaged empty electrical wire spool. Our favorite part of this project, besides how darn cute it is, is that you can’t discern the piece’s origins from looking at it; we’d never guess this cute Mid-Century Modern-looking ottoman first started life as an old electrical wire spool!

We even love that this project looks to be something that anyone with minimal craft/DIY experience can tackle. Besides an electrical wire spool, other things you might need would be wood, foam, fabric, wood legs and more. We also can’t help but notice how detailed and clear the directions are; there are lots and lots of color photographs of each step so that even if you have little experience you can have your own custom made ottoman for your home. Could this even potentially be a neat DIY gift to give to certain design-lovers for the holidays?

You tell us. And by all means, please check out the Design Sponge post for the actual How-to, diy project: shelly’s salvaged spool ottoman and you can even check out the original do-it-yourself post by the crafty Shelly on ModHomeEc. Images taken from Design Sponge.

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  1. Xavior

    Mar 16, 2011 at 11:20 am

    I was actually thinking of making my own ottoman with some fabric I had left over from an old curtain and spool like the one you guys show here. Problem was I broke the spool in the process with the nail gun lol.

    Xavior Reed

    • Adrienne Breaux

      Mar 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

      Oh no! Are you going to try again with another spool!?!

  2. lucy

    Jan 20, 2012 at 10:55 am

    where does one find a wooden spool such as this??!

    • Adrienne Breaux

      Jan 20, 2012 at 11:43 am

      Great question lol! I’d try calling electricians…they often get their wires and such on things like that. And there’s always driving around new subdivisions that are under construction and grabbing a few from the trash pile :)

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