It's good to be able to sit down on the grass on a nice day, but at my age it is not so much fun to get back up!  So, I decided to make a stool with the seat comprised of living grass.

I began with an old tire, and found a small emergency spare tire that was in pretty good shape in a junk store for $5 US.  I scrubbed the tire clean, then sprayed it with clear polyurethane so that the black rubber wouldn't get all over a person's pants when they sat on it.

Next I made a small stool slightly smaller than the diameter of the tire.  I made the top from 1x4 pine lumber that I had left over from a previous project, and sawed the legs from some heavy duty 3 inch tubing I had salvaged from an old outdoor awning.  Of course, the legs could be made from wood, or pipe, or whatever you wish.  I covered the top with plastic, and drilled a 1/2 inch drain hole in the middle so that excess water would not accumulate.

I attached the tire to the wooden top with four wood screws, filled the tire with potting soil, then added enough grass plugs to fill out the seat. 

My last step was to add an extension to my drip irrigation system so the stool would be automatically watered in the summer months.

This turned out to be a really comfortable stool!  I can sit on the grass without having to worry about how I'm going to get up!  I'm now trying to convince my wife that she needs to take care of mowing the stool.......
Can you step on the stool
this will blow my neighbors mind ! ! I love it !
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I love this! You are Brilliant! Thanks!
Not sure &quot;brilliant&quot; is the right word, but I'm reasonably good with an old tire, some scrap tubing, lumber, &amp; some sod..... Thanks for your comment! <br>
This is really cute! I adore the picture of your dog on the stool!
Thanks for the kind words. Actually, the little dog is my wife's dog. I refer to it as the used, used dog, since it had two owners before we took it. My dog, who is not in the photo, is only a used dog (one previous owner). Thanks again for your comment.
That is funny! You know I actually thought about your 'able today when I was watching my indoor cat chill in the window, think it could be an indoor stool that grows, I think my neurotic cat would love it!
Really, a great idea. In those little thing one can see a genius.
Thanks, Osvaldo. I am not sure I would consider myself a genius -- I'm more of a tinkerer than anything else. I hate to throw anything away, so I try to think of things I can make out of items that other people would normally discard. Maybe that means I'm cheap! I have had the tubing I used for the stool's legs in my storage shed for over a year, and when I decided to make the little stool, I suddenly knew why I had kept them after the awning disintegrated. In the process of finding the tubing, I also found some square tubing that I had forgotten about, so now I need to make something out of it! Thanks for the comment, and also for the patch! By the way, I hope you are recovering well from your injury.
Very cool! It would make an awesome planter too.
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Bio: I enjoy taking a pile of junk and making something unusual out of it. I like wheeled vehicles, and currently own two motorcycles, two electric ... More »
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