A few years ago I had a fire that melted my car down to a pile of goo. It probably wouldn’t have been so bad if I hadn’t just made my last car payment. But needless to say the car was totaled and the only thing I was able so save was the spare tire that was in the trunk. I don’t know why I hung onto that thing, but when the rest of the car was towed away, I kept the tire. I finally tried to sell it at a yard sale, but no one wanted else wanted it so it just sat on my back porch collecting leaves and a black widow spider or two (as I found out yesterday when I finally decided to do something about it…shudder…).
I saw a really cute ottoman on Pinterest using jute rope that I thought I’d try to duplicate, but then I went up to the hardware store to buy the rope and found it was 58 cents a foot. With the size of the tire and other supplies I thought this would be cost prohibitive. So, I changed my plan and decided to do a cloth-covered ottoman instead.
used tire, any size
2 20” Wooden Circles
6 2” screws
2” thick foam cut to fit tire
Batting cut to fit tire
Heavy duty outdoor fabric, about 1.5 yards
Fabric protector spray
Because I don’t have the space or tools to cut plywood into circles I searched for already made circles. I didn’t have a lot of luck. Nothing was the right size. Or they were too thick. It was frustrating. My sister suggested those cheap, round “decorator tables.” I didn’t even know they still made them. I did a quick online search and found not only did they still make them, but they sell them at Bed, Bath, & Beyond for $9.99. I had a coupon and got two for $7.99 each. Not bad. I picked up 2-inch foam, crib-sized batting, and fabric at Hobby Lobby, and casters at Lowe’s. Everything else I had in my toolbox.
1. After cleaning the tire, I screwed the wood circles to the tire. I used three 2-inch screws for each 20-inch circle.
2. After the wooden circles were firmly affixed, I clued the foam to the “top” of the ottoman. I used Gorilla Glue. I’m not sure it matters too much what kind of glue you use, but this works great.
3. After the glue is dry, wrap batting around the tire, and use a staple gun to affix it to the bottom wood circle, trimming as needed. *Before you put the fabric on, make sure the batting is nice and smooth.
4. The next step is to put the fabric around the tire. Just like with the batting, wrap it around the tire, and affix to the bottom using the staple gun, pulling taut. Trim as you go.
5. If you are planning on using the ottoman in a high traffic area, you might want to add casters to the bottom. I picked up four at Lowe’s for just a few dollars each. Make sure you put the casters on the bottom by screwing them directly to the wood, not to the fabric.
6. If you’re using your new ottoman outside where it will be exposed to the elements, spray it with a waterproofing spray so that your project will last longer.
If you have a a spare tire taking up space in your garage this might be a fun project for you to tackle. It didn’t take me long and I’m pleased with the results.