Rope Tire Ottoman

Every once in a while I get these crazy ideas for altering clothes or refinishing furniture and when it makes sense in my mind I go for it!

The lady I nanny for has one of those crocheted poof foot rests and I love it but I would have no idea where to start on making my own. So instead I thought, “It’s about the size of a tire…what if you covered a tire in rope & gave it this really cool spiral look?!”

So I did what any woman would do nowadays and I searched “rope tire ottoman” on Pinterest.

Someone had already thought of it! It’s always a bummer when you realize you’re not as original as you thought you were but at the same time seeing those results come up proved that I had a good idea!



  1. Clean and dry the tire. Depending on where you pick it up, it could be really filthy, so take it outside to suds it up, rinse it off and dry it thoroughly.
  2.  Use the hot glue gun to secure the wood circles to the openings on either side of the tire. Hot glue dries quickly so you may have to set the circle in place and then secure it around the edges.
  3. You are ready to completely cover the tire with rope. To start, wrap the rope around itself in a flat spiral effect so there are no gaps. Using the hot glue gun, secure the first few coils while turning the rope in your hand. Lay the flat coiled rope in the center of the horizontal tire and continue winding and gluing as you go until the wrapped rope continues down the sides of the tire, completely covering it. Make sure to glue the rope together while also attaching it to the tire to get a tight spiral.
  4. When the rope has reached the base of the tire, cut it and securely glue the edge down.

At this point you have a few style options: Leave it as-is and set it in place for display, continue the rope spiral to the other side giving it a reversible effect, or attach couch feet for added height and polish.

It was definitely a learning experience for me – 25 feet sure doesn’t reach as far as I thought it should! If you end up trying it out please let me know how it went in the comments below! Good luck!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!


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