The littlest one is back on the blog with me today! She wanted to make a gift for her cousin for Christmas and decided to create a seat for his best and closest confidant – DONKEY.
Donkey has been around since the beginning. My nephew has taken Donkey everywhere and included him in everything. He’s a family icon. He is a stuffed animal that is stuffed almost entirely with love.
We started by scouring the thrift shops for something to use as the basis for Donkey’s throne. We had no luck. (We found lots of wicker doll chairs, but Donkey just isn’t a wicker dude.)
Michael’s had a small wooden chest. It seemed more boyish and provided us with an opportunity to put something unique together.
As I have mentioned before, orange is the signature color of my sister’s family so we went with that. First, the littlest one painted the chest.
Then we added batting that I had left over from a myriad of other projects. We stuffed both sides.
Then we added ribbon using hot glue to cover the staples.
After the upholstery was complete, we power stapled rope to both sides so that the trunk would stay open like a chair. We knotted the rope and added a little ribbon for decorative accents using hot glue.
Finally, we put Donkey’s name on the front with chip letters.
A seat worthy of a king – or a very special Donkey – we were SO HAPPY with the results!
You could use this same idea for any little friend. I also began to wonder about a full scale version for a kid’s room. (Pirate chest bench anyone?!)
(PS: And the littlest one and I had so much fun making it happen!)