Kick back and relax with a DIY outdoor ottoman made from an old tire and colorful rope.

August 14, 2016

Want an ottoman you can use outdoors that looks high-end but doesn't come with the hefty price tag? This DIY rope tire ottoman is the perfect solution. Plus, you'll be upcycling an old tire that otherwise wouldn't have had a second life.

Find out how you can transform a few everyday items into a stylish statement piece of furniture for your patio, porch, or deck. This DIY looks impressive but is simpler than you think to create.

Sit back in style, and enjoy your one-of-a-kind creation that's as cute as it is useful. From holding drinks to a place to prop your feet, this ottoman is made for relaxing evenings.

What You Need

  • Tire
  • Nylon rope
  • Casters (3)
  • Nuts and bolts (12 each)
  • Caulk gun
  • Construction adhesive
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver
  • Metal pizza pans (2)
  • 10D nail
  • Pen
  • Scissors

Step 1: Arrange Casters

Arrange three casters on a face-up pizza pan. Space casters evenly near the edge of the pan. Mark the holes of the casters, and then set the casters aside.

Step 2: Attach Casters

Use a hammer and nail to punch the holes previously marked. Next, attach casters using the bolts. Flip the pan over and tighten with the nuts.

Step 3: Adhere Pans

Spread a ring of construction adhesive around the bottom edge of the pizza pan. Attach to the center of the tire and allow to dry. Flip the tire over, and spread a ring of adhesive around the bottom edge of the other pan, as before. Flip the pan over and attach to the center of the tire and allow to dry.

Step 4: Add Rope

Spread a small circle of adhesive on the center of the pan. Form a coil with the rope and place on the adhesive in the center. Continue coiling the rope in a circle, adding adhesive as you go. Finish wrapping the rope at the bottom edge of the tire and cut the end of the rope. Allow to dry for 24 hours, and then enjoy using your new ottoman!

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Comments (3)

August 14, 2018
How much rope is used for a normal/average size tire? I have some 3/8" sisal rope but the store only had 50ft. I wasn't planning on wrapping the bottom because I am wrapping the whole thing with burlap first. Do you think 50ft. will be enough for the top and side? Thanks and nice tutorial!
August 11, 2018
Great comment, neastlen! Definitely a drawback. Would it be sturdy enough with just the tire and pans?
August 10, 2018
Great idea, however, the video shows a tire still attached to a rim. This should be noted in the instructions as most used tires are not available this way.