DIY ottoman from plastic bottles: how to make a ottoman from plastic 5-liter and other bottles? Step by step diagram for beginners

Human fantasy has no boundaries. Modern designers create a large number of things from seemingly unnecessary materials. For example, if plastic bottles have accumulated in the house, do not rush to throw them away. After all, you can build a variety of useful things from them, including a stylish pouf. This will provide an opportunity to save money.

Basic Rules

If a person wants to make a pouf from plastic bottles with his own hands, you need to determine for yourself the features of its design. That is, you need to know what size and shape the product will have. The most popular is the cylinder shape.

If the pouf is made for children, then the structure must be stable and durable. After all, children move a lot and can just break a homemade pouf. For the stability of the structure, the bottles must be prepared accordingly. In order for such "furniture" to be durable, it is necessary to add bottles to the structure not one by one: first, two or three pieces are connected, then this mini-structure is attached to the base.

In order for the pouf to turn out to be more durable, it should be wrapped either with a layer of foam rubber or with a layer of thick cardboard. Then it can be covered with a made cover. For this, you can use any fabric. The main thing is that it should be dense, unmarked and always stylish. Many people use jeans that are no longer needed or regular furniture upholstery, which can be purchased at any furniture store. Homemade poufs are popular with modern people for many reasons.

  1. First of all, it is light weight. It can be easily carried from one place to another.
  2. Each person will be able to develop their own design, because in the store it is not always possible to find what you want.
  3. On a pouf made by yourself, very little money will go. It is enough just to purchase upholstery fabric and some elements for decoration.
  4. It is easy and simple to make this design, the main thing is to follow certain rules.
  5. Taking care of your pouf is also easy. After all, if you make the cover removable, then it can be simply washed in a washing machine.

Among the shortcomings, it is worth noting only that the manufacture of such a structure will take too much time and effort.

Tools and materials

In order to make a pouf out of plastic bottles, certain materials and tools are required.

  1. First of all, you should get some plastic bottles. You can also make an unusual and beautiful pouf from 1-liter, 1.5-liter and 5-liter bottles. As for their quantity, on average, it will take from 16 to 40 plastic bottles to make it. It all depends on the size of the structure, as well as on the capacity of the bottles.
  2. It will take several rolls of tape. It is best to buy wide. You should not save on it, because the strength of the future pouf will depend on it.
  3. Quite thick cardboard.
  4. Foam rubber, the thickness of which should be within 3 centimeters. In this case, it will be comfortable to sit on the pouf.
  5. Sharp scissors or a utility knife.
  6. Several thick needles.
  7. Strong threads.
  8. Glue.
  9. Old unnecessary newspapers or unnecessary rags.
  10. Upholstery fabric. It can be new or taken from old things.
  11. Quite a long zipper, which is purchased so that you can remove the cover.

How to make a poof?

If everything is properly prepared, then you can make such a structure yourself. But still, it is worth involving all family members, because then it will be much more fun.

However, before that, you should definitely familiarize yourself with the diagram of such a design, or just watch a master class for beginners. This will greatly facilitate the process of creating a pouf. At the end of all the work, such a piece of furniture can be placed either in the hallway, or in the nursery, or in any other room.

However, to begin with, it is worth considering each stage of creation step by step.


For a start, you should prepare everything carefully. All prepared bottles must be washed, and all labels must be removed from them. In order for them to last much longer, plastic bottles should initially be taken out in the cold. After a certain period of time, they must be tightly closed with lids, and then put under hot batteries. The difference in temperature will allow them to expand, and their shape will be able to maintain for many years.

All bottles must be the same not only in volume, but also in shape. In order to make one small ottoman, 1 liter bottles are required. To create such a small structure, only 38 pieces are needed. To make your work a little easier, it is worth placing the prepared bottles right on the floor in front of you. So it will be possible to understand what the shape will be, as well as to determine the number of bottles.

Sealing bottles

When everything is ready, you can start sealing the bottles. To begin with, the containers are laid out in pairs. Then one of them needs to be cut off to make it look like a glass. Insert the second bottle into this bottle until it stops. The result is a fairly solid construction. The joints must be well fixed with tape so that they hold well.

Further, such actions must be carried out with all pairs of bottles. When they are completely ready, the resulting "cylinders" must be fastened together with tape either 2 or 3 pieces each. Those bottles, which are connected together in 2 pieces, are suitable for making square poufs. From 3 bottles, triangles are obtained, which will serve for the construction of structures both rounded and square.

The next step is to connect the prepared bottles together. To make the structure more durable, it is necessary to place the "balloons" so that the covers in the rows are staggered. In addition, every double and triple bottle must be wrapped in newspapers or old rags. This is done so that there is no free space anywhere, and the design is denser. After that, they need to be wrapped with duct tape again, besides, this must be done as tightly as possible. Each new row must also be wrapped tightly. After that, the rows are attached to each other and are also wound tightly with tape. As a result, you should get a fairly light and strong construction of twin bottles.

Cutting and joining parts

Now you can start making parts from cardboard and foam. For a start, it's worth tackling the first material. From it you need to cut out parts that will correspond to the diameter of the resulting structure. For the top and bottom, you will need 5 parts each to end up with a fairly dense frame. They need to be glued together with glue or rolled up with tape. The result is a solid foundation for the future pouf.

After that, you can proceed to the soft part of this structure. Foam rubber is suitable for this. It is necessary to cut two parts from it for the top and bottom, as well as for the side part. All parts need to be sewn together with a needle.

Do not tighten the stitches too much, otherwise the foam will be cut with thread. In addition, you can cut out another base for the top to tighten the top cover with buttons.

Upholstery trim

In order for the foam base not to break during operation, it must be sheathed with any fabric. To do this, you can use an old and unnecessary sheet. You will need to make patterns from it, and then sew all the parts together. You should get two parts. One of them must be put on with the turned out part on the front side.

A zipper should be sewn to the bottom of the cover. It should not be less than two-thirds of the entire length. This is to make the cover easier to remove. In addition, it will be better if the zipper is inside the case. The cover must be very tight to the newly made structure.

The upper face cover is done in the same way. The only difference is that you need to take another matter to make it. The upholstery can be made from denim, from various quilt patches, and from a fabric intended for upholstery. But it should not be too thin, so as not to rub over time. A pouf with fur upholstery looks very nice. Some craftsmen knit covers of their dense threads. The choice depends entirely on the preferences of the owners.


Decorating the pouf plays an important role in the modern interior, which is considered the last stage in the work done. However, decorating the resulting design, you need to take into account some of the nuances.

  1. First of all, the cover should fit very tightly to the base of the pouf. Otherwise, the design will look untidy and ugly.
  2. The material from which the upper cover is made must have a color that fully matches the general interior of the room where the pouf will be located.

You can use different methods and materials to decorate such a piece of furniture. For example, ruffles will look great. They need to be sewn directly along the edge of the upper part of the pouf. This option will look very stylish and beautiful. It is perfect for a rustic-style room or for a nursery.

For a modern room, you can make a denim pouf. In addition, if you used old jeans for upholstery, you should not cut off the pockets. They will be an additional decoration for this homemade design. A pouf decorated with beads is suitable for a classic style room. You can sew them in different ways. For example, on the sides, you can even make flowers or various figures sewn from beads.

Another interesting option is to decorate the pouf with satin ribbons . Flowers or patterns can be made from them. In this case, this design will serve not only as an element of furniture, but also as an extravagant decor of the entire room. If the ottoman is planned to be placed in the nursery, then it can be appropriately decorated. For example, upholstery with bright fabric or even stylize as a child's favorite cartoon character.

Summing up, we can say that making a pouf from such an interesting material as plastic bottles is easy and simple. After all, it does not require a lot of money to make it, and also too much effort. But this will allow you to show some imagination and make a real masterpiece, moreover, with your own hands.

See a video below with tips on how to make a pouf from plastic bottles with your own hands.