When my husband and I first got married, we too used it as a Christmas Tree stand, for our very sad, Charlie Brown-like Christmas Tree. Since then, it's been sitting in my basement storage room collecting dust. I have been wanting to make an ottoman for a while, and this little stand was screaming to be made into an ottoman. So what was I waiting for...let's make an ottoman.
In the garage I had an old egg crate foam mattress cover. I traced the shape of the stand onto the foam.
Using an electric bread cutter, I cut out two circles out of the foam. So easy to cut foam this way...it cut like butter.
Interlocking the foam I laid it on top of the stand.
Next, I wrapped batting over the blue foam and around the stand and stapled it to the bottom of the stand.
I cut strips of fabric a little longer than the length I needed. I hemmed one edge. The other edge I folded over and using nail head trim, tacked the skirt, pleating it as I went along. I didn't measure my pleats, I just made it look good to the eye.
Let me know what you think of my ottoman. I always love and appreciate your comments.