D.I.Y: Transforming An Old Tyre Into A Trendy Ottoman

Here’s a 20 min (or hour long) DIY project we came across on handimania that turns an old (or new) tire into a nice, textured, rope ottoman.

What You Need

  • A tire (duh!?),
  • 6mm MDF cut into two circles of 55 cm diameter (or whatever diameter fits your tire dimensions),
  • six screws,
  • a drill,
  • a screwdriver,
  • hot glue gun with at least 6 tubes of glue,
  • 5m long and 10mm thick natural sisal twisted cord,
  • a cloth, scissors and concentrated brush sealer.



Before starting with the project, clean the tire with a dry cloth – if it is very dirty, rinse and allow it to dry completely. Place one MDF on it and drill three holes on the edge in three distant points, deep enough to penetrate the rubber.




Depending on the chosen screws and a screwdriver, screw the MDF to your tire tightly enough so that it won’t come off. Do the same in the in each hole and repeat steps 1 and 2 on the other side of the tire.



You should start glueing at the center of the circle in order to obtain a perfect finish. With the hot glue gun, apply the glue on the board and secure one end of sisal.



Press the tip to adhere well and go round in a snail shape. Remember to put enough glue before each round, make it stick hard and tight.



After you have finished covering MDF with a rope, do the same with the edge of your tire. Go round putting enough glue, making it really tight and firm. Make sure that the end of the sisal from the board meets the beginning of the one on the edge.



Turn the tire upside down and continue covering it with a rope until you reach the edge of the board



After covering all the rubber, cut the rope. Avoid the end tip of the rope to stick of from the tire, glu it correctly. It is not necessary to coat the MDF base, as it will be lying directly on the ground.



Apply the sealer to the brush and cover all sisal surface with it. Wait one hour before you put another coat on it. This sealer is ready to touch after one day but the complete drying takes two weeks!.

The Outcomes and results can vary depending on your creativity, so you can create your very own iteration.


(We’ll be trying this in the coming days, so expect to see our process and progress)

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