Time out is never fun for a parent or a child. For the child, sitting still for more than a second is punishment, and for the parent, getting the child to sit in time out is often easier said than done. Often, more time is spent returning the child to time out rather than he or she just accepting punishment. However, a “time out” stool, conveniently in the shape of an hourglass, can help make the tedious task a little easier, so here’s a quick step-by-step guide on how to make a “time out” stool for you, your toddler, and any babysitters.
- Empty, clear plastic soda bottles (2), two liters each
- 12” wood or MDF circles (2)
- 12” legs (3)
- 2” wood doll head (1)
- Spray paint
- Washer, fits top of bottle
- Clear silicone sealant
- E6000 adhesive
- Wood filler
- Clear spray paint or gloss (optional)
Before you begin, soften the edges of each circle by routing or sanding the edges. Then, drill a hole in the doll head that is big enough to fit the rim of the soda bottles. If you have a wood router, use it to create an indent for the bottles’ width in the 12” circles. This isn’t dire, but it can help secure the plastic bottles as well as preventing sand from leaking out.
Measure the height of the hourglass (including the doll head or any indents) needed and cut the soda bottles to fit, specifically removing the bottoms of the bottles. Remember, measure twice and cut once. Then, paint the wood pieces with spray paint, applying more than one even coat.
To mark the spots for the wooden legs on the 12” circles (serving as the seats at opposite ends), cut out an 8” equilateral triangle on a sheet of paper to ensure the legs are evenly distributed. Then, pre-drill the holes for the screws. Also, drill holes in the top and bottom of the wooden legs.
Before screwing or gluing, make sure all the pieces fit together.
Directions for a Time Out Stool:
- Using a clear silicone, attach one of the soda bottles in the indent on one of the 12” circles. Once it has dried, the silicone will have gone from white to clear.
- Screw on the wooden legs to the circle you’ve attached the soda bottle to.
- Before gluing on the washer to the heads of the soda bottles, figure out how long you want the time out stool’s timer to be. Make sure you have the right amount of sand for your desired time (use a funnel and pour sand through the unattached washer and into the bottle to test). To speed the timer up, you may need to drill a bigger hole in the washer.
- Once the sand timer is set and tuned, attach the washer onto the soda bottle using the E6000 adhesive.
- Add clear silicone to the head of one soda bottle and then to the head of the other one.
- Then, attach the wooden doll head and the two soda bottles together. Make sure the edges are completely sealed using clear silicone to avoid any sand leaking out.
- For any recessed screws, add wood filler, scraping off any excess or sanding down any filler after it dries.
- Once construction is completed, you can add a final coat of spray paint or gloss for a nice finish if you so desire.
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