Creative Play | Recycled and Upcycled

Giant Spool UpCycled into an Outdoor Science Lab

February 8, 2014
This has to be one of my most favorite outdoor projects that I’ve completed lately.  I took a giant old spool and upcycled it to create an outdoor science lab and play kitchen for the kids.  To say it’s a hit would be the understatement of the year.
I started with the spool and traced my bowls in pencil and then used a jigsaw to cut out circles so I could recess them down into the spool.  This was very important because it keeps the bowls from tipping over and makes it easier for the kids to mix stuff up.
Next, I gathered my ingriendents.  I must say that I absolutely LOVE the Method brand pump bottles that their dish soap and laundry soap comes in.  I’ve been saving them up for this project for a while now.  I love them because they are so easy for little hands to pump.  Kiley was only 3 when I set this up in the backyard and she was able to use the pump bottles without any problem.  I filled them with colored water, vinegar, oil and soap.
Gather up some equipment.  My kids were adamant about needing safety goggles.  I found a ton of little buckets, and bowls, and test tube type things in the Dollar Spot at Target.

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  1. Hi Shannon, I am currently working on a blog post about spool tables and how we can use them in Décor. Was wondering if you would let me use your gorgeous spool table pic with a link back to you naturally??? Christine from Little Brags

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