Heres 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.

Heres what you’ll 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.

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STEP 1

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.

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STEP 2

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. rope-ottoman-step03

 

 

STEP 3

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. rope-ottoman-step04

 

 

STEP 4

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. rope-ottoman-step05

 

 

STEP 5

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. rope-ottoman-step06

 

 

STEP 6

Turn the tire upside down and continue covering it with a rope until you reach the edge of the board rope-ottoman-step07

 

 

STEP 7

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. rope-ottoman-step08

 

 

STEP 8

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!. rope-ottoman-step09

 

 

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

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

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