Old tires can be difficult to get rid of. They aren’t accepted in landfills and it isn’t easy to find a place to recycle them. Have you ever thought about re-purposing them into something you can actually use? Here’s one idea on how to upcycle your old tires into a crafty ottoman.

Step 1: Gather and prep your supplies

You will need: A tire, a drill, a glue gun, glue sticks, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), a paintbrush, six screws, a screwdriver, natural sisal twisted cord, brush sealer, and a cloth.

Before you begin, the two MDF boards should be cut into 55 inch diameter circles. You will also have to clean the tire. Wipe it off with a dry cloth to remove any dirt. If the tire is really dirty, rinse it off and allow it to completely dry before starting this project.

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Step 2:  Drill holes

Place the MDF on top of the tire and drill three holes. The holes should be deep enough that they go through the rubber of the tire. Repeat the same process on the opposite side.

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Step 3:  Attach the MDF

Using your screws, attach the MDF to the tire. Make sure it is tight enough that the pieces wont come apart. Repeat the same process on the opposite side of the tire.

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Step 4: Attach to center

You’ll want to start the cord in the center of the tire to ensure an even spiral look when it is finished. Using the glue gun, adhere one end of the cord to the center of the MDF and make sure it is secure.

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Step 5:  Swirl the cord

Swirl the cord around the center in a circle, like a snail shape. Secure the cord with the hot glue gun as you add each new ring.

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Step 6: Cover the entire top

Continue this process until you cover the entire MDF board with the cord. Once the whole top is covered, start to work your way onto the sides of the tire.

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Step 7: Cover the sides

Flipping the tire over once you reach the sides will make it easier to work with. Use the hot glue gun to glue the cord around the circumference of the tire.

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Step 8: Cut and secure

When you reach the end of the rubber, cut the cord so there is not any left hanging off the edge. Glue down the tip of where you just cut to prevent the cord from fraying or starting to unravel.

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Step 9: Apply the sealer

Now you can flip the tire back on its right side. The next step is to apply the sealer to protect it and keep everything together in one piece. The ottoman will be okay to the touch within a day, but you should wait two weeks for it to completely dry before it can be used.

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Step 10: Admire!

If you want the ottoman to sit off of the ground, you can try attaching wooden legs to the bottom, but this step is not necessary. Now all you have left to do is find a great place for your new upcycled tire ottoman!

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