Don’t you love those moments when the heavens open up and the stars line up in your DIY world?
When I made this project, I wasn’t aware the shaggy ottoman would end up my top 5 DIY projects….ever!
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I loved the Shaggy Ottoman in the Viva Terra catalog. But what freaked me out as I had just bought an awesome ottoman at a local thrift shop. I could redo it and have a similar look!
No longer available doesn’t mean you can’t make your own! Just follow my steps below…and have a list of movies you want to watch. 😕
Here is the ottoman I bought.
Any basic padded ottoman will work. Actually, if you can add padding any ottoman or bench will work.
I gathered yarn and string in various sizes.
I cut 6-inch lengths of each type of yarn. This was easy by wrapping around a book several times and cutting.
Remember making pom poms as a child?
The cover, will it be itchy?
I needed a cover for my yarns to loop onto and cover the blue.
I grabbed a piece larger than the blue cover. Then I warmed up the hot glue gun. You can read lots of hot glue gun tips here. I used the rubber spatula to add a bead along the corners. Hot glue is perfect for “sewing” burlap. The seams were “sewed” with hot glue too. Now I have a removable burlap cover.
Adding the Yarns
I used a crochet hook to loop the yarns and strings. Working from the top, push the hook into the burlap. Then in the next hole push the hook back to the top. Holding a piece of yarn, loop on the hook and pull the middle back through the burlap. Make sure the ends don’t follow! Then loop the ends and pull tight. I used a larger crochet hook for the fat yarn and smaller for the other yarns and strings.
The yarns and strings are randomly added and spaced.
If you’re a rug hooker, could this be done faster using a rug hook? Please tell me no;-)
I continued this while watching 11 movies, every evening for almost two weeks.
Those sexy legs!
Now to address the 80″s look of the legs. I realize the Vivaterra bench has dark legs but I wanted a raw wood look for my bench. So I used paint stripper…yuck!
As I removed the softened paint, I left some in the nooks and crannies.
Let it glide across the floor
The bottom had gliders that were missing…
and since we have wood floors, I added a rug hook
Here’s my before and after picture.
The burlap and yarn cover can slip off and on.
At some point, I will make a linen cover using the nail heads for a different look.
Okay, forget that I love this shaggy ottoman and I don’t see it changing anytime soon. 🙂
I spent about $12 for my yarns and strings.
My updated shaggy ottoman is $32!
Update: Below is an update to the shaggy ottoman in our “NEW” industrial farmhouse living room. The ottoman is still shaggy! I just lightened up the legs to go with our new style.
I used my homemade whitewash wax to lighten the legs. Yes, we do use it!
I love my shaggy ottoman! Think I’ll put my feet up on my shaggy ottoman and watch a movie.
And I’m excited to share the inspiration continues…
This amazing shaggy ottoman was created by a dear reader. She started following on my first blog. I love the colors of the beach she added to her beach ottoman. Thank you for sharing your creativity.
Watch any good movies lately?
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