Best Crafts and Furniture Made with Used Tires

Recycle: treat waste to reintroduce materials that made up a similar end-of-life product or manufacturing residues into the product’s production cycle.

This initial definition of recycling does not account for the ingenuity and scope of possible reuse.

We know all polar fleece pullovers from old plastic bottles, but what we do now with old tires goes well beyond traditional recycling.

In the era of the car, more than three hundred billion tires are produced each year, and they have to be replaced very regularly. The first wave of “recycling” is made simply by exporting to Third World countries, often less demanding in terms of safety, but at one time when another, the tire becomes really too smooth to ride. How to get rid of it?

Best Crafts and Furniture Made with Used Tires

The first set of possibilities will be to use them as a forestay, backfill or construction accessory. But we go further today by producing deco and fashion items with old tires, which have the advantage of being both ecological, practical and seductive.

The tires are, of course, thoroughly cleaned, disinfected (even if they run on the ground, they are not very clean), and then, according to their condition, sorted, to be used “almost whole” the tire settee showed at the top of the page), or be stripped of rubber, which will then be used alone.

Best Crafts and Furniture Made with Used Tires

Recycled tire laminate, according to the treatment, has the appearance of a kind of big rough leather, or a kind of very rustic ceramic, that would have been painted black. When preparing the material, it is possible to leave the streaks and the marks clearly visible, or, on the contrary, to smooth it, by making the most of them.

In this case, one really approaches the aspect of a leather. It can be assembled with large contrasting stitching, for a truly “do it yourself” state of mind, or worked with more refinement.

Baskets, buckets, and storage

They were, with the bags, the very first use of recycled tires. Solid, waterproof, resistant to cold and heat, able to withstand heavy traction, they have become pots or baskets. Their material goes perfectly well with the logs still covered with bark or the small wood ready to fire.

Best Crafts and Furniture Made with Used Tires

In cache-pots, they are discreet on terraces and balconies, perfectly waterproof, and much lighter than earthen pot covers. In addition, rubber is a good thermal insulation, so it is better for your plants than zinc pots that will concentrate the cold in winter and heat in summer.

The “pot” in recycled tires was then emancipated: from pot-holster, it becomes a handy pot, laundry basket (resists very well to the humidity of bathrooms and laundries), see shopping bags.

Best Crafts and Furniture Made with Used Tires

You can even see that the recycled tire works perfectly with rustic fabrics, as in the laundry basket above, or on the Reifen Sofa which is presented below.
The fashion is with large contrasting stitching in white, and with metal fasteners, the rubber will take reflections of different colors depending on the treatment.

There are also colored rubbers … but we do not like, we do not show!

Best Crafts and Furniture Made with Used Tires

The Tired Lounge

Best Crafts and Furniture Made with Used Tires

The ‘Tired Lounge’ is a unique work, created in 2010 by Leo Kempf, an American designer. The furniture line, with its two large birch curve uprights, and the two “feet” set back inside, which give a fluttering impression, is very beautiful.

We particularly like the contrast between the white and smooth wood, which is hardly visible, and the large braided rubber straps.

Unfortunately published as a single copy, this piece has already found a buyer … but it can give you ideas if you are a green handyman!

The Reifen Sofa

Best Crafts and Furniture Made with Used Tires

The “Reifen Sofa” (or “tires sofa”) is an old-fashioned work, created by a group of German ecologists at a time when recycling was far from fashionable. It is part of a movement of global questioning of the civilization of the “all auto”, following the oil shock of 1973.

Considered one of the most important pieces of German design, the Reifen Sofa is now on display at the Neues Museum in Nuremberg. The leader of the Des-in group, Jochen Gros, is currently working on the analysis of icons, typography, and what he calls “visual grammar”.

Moroccan furniture

Best Crafts and Furniture Made with Used Tires

Elsewhere in the world, the furniture is re-appropriated in recycled tires. The craftsmen have often begun to work for companies that sold this funny furniture in France or in Europe.

But it did not take long to convince them of the many benefits of this material. They then began to recreate furniture for them, adapting them according to the forms they appreciated and the scenery they are used to.

This is how this strange Aladdin Chest was born, with a real form of pirate chest, or companion of Ali Baba, small cuts that decorate the surface, reinforcing and exploiting the marks of the tires, but especially discovering, in a curious way, the traditional decorative motifs of the Berbers.

Best Crafts and Furniture Made with Used Tires

Make the Perfect Ottoman Seat

The OttomansĀ are also made in tires. Foam, a shot of paint, a lot of staples and the trick is played.

There, in the back of your garage, it would not be an old tire under the dust? Rather than letting it go, give it a second life in the form of an Ottoman. And if you do not have a tire but you like the idea, it’s up to you to find one at the local garage.

Make the Perfect Ottoman Seat

Starting Materials

  • A cleanly recycled tire
  • An underlayer adapted to the support
  • Acrylic paint
  • A board of 10mm thick wood (plywood, chipboard or recovered wood)
  • Four nuts, bolts, and washers
  • Oilcloth (size according to that of the tire)
  • Foam in roll
  • Spray glue

Make the Perfect Ottoman Seat

Tools

  • 1 jigsaw and its blade adapted to wood
  • 1 drill and its 11mm wood drill bit
  • 1 10mm flat key
  • 1 x 10mm socket wrench
  • 1 felt
  • 1 stapler (electric for convenience) and staples
  • 1 hammer
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • Brushes and masking tape
  • 1 paint tray

Steps

Make the Perfect Ottoman Seat

1. On the well-cleaned tire, apply the masking tape to delineate the parts that will be painted in different colors.

Make the Perfect Ottoman Seat

2. Paint the tire, with a roller and brush for delicate areas, with acrylic paint with the desired colors (paint a white undercoat if necessary). Two layers are required to completely cover the surface. It is also possible to paint bomb and make stencils. Allow drying between each layer. Once the tire is dry, it is ready for processing.

Make the Perfect Ottoman Seat

3. Measure the inside diameter of the tire, leaving a margin of safety of about 10 centimeters inside. Make a slab of wood of this diameter with a jigsaw. Once the circle is over, sand it to soften the edge and remove the splinters.

Make the Perfect Ottoman Seat

4. Place the wood slab on the tire and drill the tire and wood at the same time: four opposite holes about 3 cm from the edge of the slab. Put the tire aside and insert the bolts into the holes in the wooden circle.

Make the Perfect Ottoman Seat

5. Place the wooden circle over the unfolded foam and make the circumference to the felt, about one centimeter from the circle. Cut out the foam circle thus traced. For more fluff, double the foam circle of a second, the same size as that of the wooden circle this time. Glue the foam slices between them, and on the slab of wood, with spray glue. It is also possible to add cushion padding and place it between the two foam circles for the cozier.

Make the Perfect Ottoman Seat

6. Cut a square of oilcloth so that 10 cm to 15 cm protrude on either side of the wooden circle. Turn it over and place the wooden circle (with its foam) upside down. Fold the fabric back into a stitch and staple. To the exact opposite, draw the canvas to properly stretch and staple. Then make the whole turn by placing the staples next to each other and pulling the canvas well so that there is almost no crease. Once this is done, hammer the staples that protrude, then cut the canvas about 2-3 centimeters from the row of staples.

Make the Perfect Ottoman Seat

7. When the paint is dry, place the whole on the tire by putting the bolts in the holes. Turn the assembly over and place washer and nuts on each bolt. Screw in using a wrench. It’s finished !

Make the Perfect Ottoman Seat

Make a Nice Design Ottoman

A nice ottoman and design to relaxing in all the places of the house.

Making time: Approximately 2h30 plus the drying time of the paint

Hardware:

  • 1 old tire
  • Fabric (50 X 50 cm)
  • Medium Density Fibreboard (50 X 50 cm / 8 mm thick)
  • Paint Turpentine to dilute the paint
  • Cutter
  • Pencil
  • 1 nail
  • Twine
  • Jigsaw
  • Paint Sprayer
  • Cordless Stapler

Make a Nice Design Ottoman

  • Thoroughly clean the tire.
  • Paint the tire with a paint gun to achieve a homogeneous color.
  • Let dry.

Make a Nice Design Ottoman

  • Measure the diameter of the tire.
  • Cut out a circle of the same diameter using a nail and a piece of string.
  • Attach the nail to the middle of the board. Tie a string and tie a knot around a pencil.
  • The length of the twine must be equal to the diameter of the tire.
  • Draw a round with a pencil of paper

Make a Nice Design Ottoman

  • Cut the fiber board using a jigsaw.

Make a Nice Design Ottoman

  • Cut the block of foam with a cutter.
    It must have the same diameter as the fiber board.
  • Put the foam on the fabric.
  • Cut the fabric on the same pattern and add 7 cm to the entire perimeter.

Make a Nice Design Ottoman

  • Arrange the cut foam and fabric in the center of the fiber board.
  • Aggravate the fabric on the lower part.
  • Place the seat in the middle of the tire.

Make a Nice Design Ottoman

Make a Nice Design Ottoman

How to Make an Ottoman with an Old Tire

Summer is coming and we would like to enjoy the rays of the sun or, on the contrary, prepare a cool corner under the protective shade of the trees. And to set up the outdoor lounge of our dreams at lower cost, nothing better than a little recovery! Here is the magic recipe for transforming your old tablecloths and tires into an original and comfortable ottoman.

How to Make an Ottoman with an Old Tire

Equipment:

  • a tire
  • one or more paint bombs
  • a square of the 80cm side of oilcloth
  • foam or an old table protector roll
  • a board
  • upholstery screws and nails
  • paint tape
  • a jigsaw

How to Make an Ottoman with an Old Tire

Steps:

1. To clean the paint properly, clean the tire with soapy water. Brush well and let it dry. If you do not have a tire to be recycled, you can pick it up at the landfills.

How to Make an Ottoman with an Old Tire

2. When dry, cover the tire with paint. Remember to protect the floor and allow the paint to dry before turning the tire.

How to Make an Ottoman with an Old Tire

3. Glue strips of tape to mark your patterns. I opt for a sober white line, which accentuates the drawings formed by the ribs of the tires.

How to Make an Ottoman with an Old Tire

4. To form the seat, draw on your board two circles of the same diameter as your tire. Cut them out with a jigsaw.

How to Make an Ottoman with an Old Tire

5. Cut a circle in the foam, the same diameter as your board. If, like me, you recycle a table protector that has already lived well, superimpose several circles for a more comfortable seat.

How to Make an Ottoman with an Old Tire

6. Form the seat by placing the foam (or the table guard rings) on one of the boards. Then cover with a square of oilcloth, recycle for example an old tablecloth! Then turn the assembly over.

How to Make an Ottoman with an Old Tire

7. Hold the seat and pad by nailing the fabric to the underside of the board. The foam is thus maintained and the seat is ready!

How to Make an Ottoman with an Old Tire

8. Attach the seat you have just created to the tire. For an invisible finish, screw from the inside of the tire and make sure that the screw does not pierce the wood!

How to Make an Ottoman with an Old Tire

9. Screw the second plank to the underside of the tire, to provide better stability to the ottoman.

How to Make an Ottoman with an Old Tire

10. Turn the assembly over, and it’s over!

How to Make an Ottoman with an Old Tire

Finally

Create another foamless ottoman to make a table. And that’s what makes a comfortable reading corner or a small tea room, with only recycled materials! To adapt these poufs into recycled tires inside, they are given a little elegance by creating feet. Screw wheels or wooden sections on the base, and your for a different look!

Unleash your creativity: vary the colors of the tire and the seat and feel free to play with the effects of the tread grooves. I found a small tractor tire that gives a totally different result!

How to Make an Ottoman with an Old Tire