You go to an outdoor event and you have a couple of scenarios presented: either you have to sit on bleachers that others have climbed on with dirty feet or there are no seats and you have to sit on the grass. Neither one of those sounds too comfy, does it? And either of those options is liable to leave you with dirty shoe prints or grass stains on the back of your favorite pants – forget that!
Protect your pants, and be much more comfortable than you otherwise would be, when you make a lightweight seat you can carry along with you to most any outdoor event. It’s really cheap to make the seat and you can make them in various sizes and colors. Make small ones for the kids or larger ones for the grownups. Each person will instantly recognize his own when you make each one a different color.
Start with flat foam from a craft store. You can purchase it by the sheet, in packs of all the same colors, or in packs featuring assorted colors. Make an adult-size seat by using two 18″ sheets and several 12″ sheets. Stack the two 18″ pieces and draw an oval or rectangle on the top one. The shape you draw should be large enough to easily slide the fingers into it. The shape should also be centered at one short end of the foam, a couple of inches from the edge, and should be horizontal across the width of the foam.
After cutting the shape out of both pieces (make sure the shapes are identical) glue the two pieces together, aligning the handle cutouts. Now begin gluing on the 12″ sheets – as many or as few as you want. Position the first piece so that the short end of the 12″ sheet aligns with the short end of the 18″ sheet, at the opposite end of the handle. Glue this piece in place, then glue on another and another, until the seat is as padded as you want it.
The finished seat is really lightweight but offers a lot of comfort on a hard surface. Make smaller versions for the kids to take along with them. If you stack various colors on top of each other you’ll create a unique striped effect around the edges. Make the top of each seat a different color so kids can instantly recognize their own seat. Use a damp cloth to wipe off the seat when needed. You’ll find the seats handy to have around and thoughtful as a gift to a friend!