I took the top off a banker's box and cut two 5½ inch strips off it. Then I marked down 2¼ inches five times and folded three of the sections. I could have left it alone, but I had to get all fancy and cut an opening out of the lower panel. This then required two side panels to keep the legs stationary. I totally created more work for myself than necessary but I do prefer the design I achieved.
I always intended to add the embellishments and use them to secure the benches, but in the end I felt they were too big for such a small bench. I also thought I could get away with not covering them with anything since the top of the box was white. However, it just looked like a folded cardboard box so I decided to cover them with tape and not put on any embellishments.
Spacious for one
Comfy for two
Eh, they are okay. Better than no benches, lol. They are fairly sturdy and if I poke the side panels out I can store them flat and flat storage is always a goal for me. They really could stand some glamming up or maybe an advertisement on them. We'll see.