First up, use a screwdriver to pry the handles off. Try not to stab your hand like I did.
Use Krylon Fusion spray paint to paint the boxes. It adheres to plastic! Awesome stuff. I used - of course - white. Satin. You will likely need an insane amount of spray paint to cover the words and images. Insane. But I really wanted them to be white in case I needed to remove the pleated covers. Just be aware that the fumes in your garage may be enough to kill a small mammal.
Make sure that you spray the inside of the boxes, too.
Turn them over and spray them upside down, too, so you really get into all the grooves.
While you're at it, spray the lids.
I don't have a ton of pictures of this step, but it's really straightforward. To make the cover that goes around the bottom of the "stool" you just need a vintage sheet. Measure around the box. You'll need to add pleats to three sides, so add about 8-10 inches per pleat to the box circumference. Cut your sheet to this length and slightly longer than the height of the box. Hem the top and bottom by folding over twice, ironing and sewing with a straight stitch. Measure the distance from mid point of one side of the box to midpoint of the next side. Iron a pleat in the sheet at these points. Pin at the top of the pleat. Sew the pleats down with a straight stitch all along the length of the sheet. To attach it to the boxes, I just hot glued the sheet on under the lip. I hot glued vintage lace over the top edge.
Now you'll need to make the cushions. Grab some thick cardboard. I used a huggies box.
Open it up at the sides and lay it flat.
Cut the sides apart.
Cut the bottom flaps off.
Lay the lid on the cardboard rectangle,
and cut around the curves.
Lay out your fabric, right side down.
Cut a piece of craft foam the same size and shape as the cardboard. Lay it on top of the fabric.
Put the piece of cardboard on top of the foam.
Wrap the fabric up and over the cardboard. Tuck the corners in, like a present. Staple the fabric down with a staple gun.
Use your hot glue gun to glue the cardboard to the top of the lid.
I used complimentary scraps to dress up the cushions a bit. I just stapled them down like the other fabric.
And you're done!
With some thrifting and spray paint you can turn some inexpensive items into tea party treasures!
Clean up is a snap! Awesomely, you can just lift the lid and store all your tea party goods! Including your stuffed guests.
Perfect for your little one to enjoy a beautiful outdoor tea party picnic. The rain took a short break just long enough for an impromptu photo shoot. It was perfectly sweet, until we were swarmed with lakeflies (quite possibly the most disgusting bug ever. Like a skinny spider with wings.) We'll have to try again later.
Thank you so much for voting! I think this was my favorite project yet.