DIY: How to make an Ottoman
(26 Nov 2015)

How to make a DIY Ottoman Expresso

DIY: How to make an Ottoman


Once a year we change get rid of the old and bring in the new. This year we decided to rather turn something old into something brand new. Zoe has a great DIY project just for you this week brought you by Builders – an Ottoman using an old tyre, some chip wood, rope and a little glue.

This is a great DIY furniture piece for those relaxing days in the sun.


What you will need:

- A used tire

- 6mm chipboard cut into two circles of 55 cm diameter

- 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

- Concentrated brush sealer, we recommend the Sayerlack (900 ml).



Step 1:

Have your wood dials cut to size at your local Builders. You can then drill three holes on the edge in three distant points, deep enough to penetrate the rubber.


Step 2:

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


Step 3:

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


Step 4:

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


Step 5:

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


Step 6:

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 and glue to end to the tire, making sure it is well secured.


Step 7:

Apply the sealer to the brush and cover the sisal surface with it. Wait one hour before you put another coat on it. Make sure you leave it to dry for a full day before you touch it.


Not only is this Ottoman a beautiful addition to any home, but it also makes the perfect gift!

Happy DIY-ing!



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