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Illuminated Benches and Faux Fur Ottomans

Make your wedding sparkle with illuminated satin guest seating.

Materials and Tools:

two pieces of medium density fiberboard (MDF) cut to 60"h x 18"w - front of bench
two pieces of MDF cut to 18"h x 15"w - sides of bench
three pieces of MDF cut to 18"w x 15"w - center supports of bench
one piece of MDF cut to 60"h x 15"w - top of bench
2"w MDF trim pieces
5 1/2" x 50" piece of acrylic
3/4" sheets of MDF
2'x4'x8' pieces of wood
brad nails
wood glue
wood filler
lighting gel
battery-powered utility light
tape measure
table saw
nail gun
power sander
paint roller

Figure A


1. Glue and nail the front, back and two sides together to form a box (figure A).

Figure B

2. Using a jigsaw, cut out a thin rectangle in the middle of the center supports. This will form a "U" leaving four inches on each side and four inches on the bottom (figure B).

Figure C

3. Nail and glue the center supports into the box vertically, spacing them 18" apart from one another (figure C).

4. Cut one piece of MDF to 6"w x 40"h to serve as the shelf for the utility light.

5. Glue and nail the shelf horizontally in the "U" of the supports.

Figure E

7. Using a jigsaw, cut out a 5 1/2"w x 50"h rectangle out of the center of the top piece (figure E).

Figure F

8. Glue and nail two-inch-wide trim pieces to the underside of the top piece (surrounding the cutout), creating a lip to hold the acrylic (figure F).

9. Glue and nail the top piece to the bench.

Figure H

11. Paint the entire bench (figure H).

Figure I

12. Add a battery-powered light to the shelf and cover with a lighting gel (figure I).

13. Insert the acrylic into the top.

Figure K

3. Sew the fabrics together inside out so you don't have a visible seam (figure K).

4. Turn the fabric right side out and cover the ottoman.

Figure L

2. Cut pieces of the satin material to cover the sides and bottom of the foam.3. Sew the pieces together (inside out to avoid a visible seam) to make a sleeve for the foam (figure K).

4. After turning the cover right side out, insert the foam into the cover.

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