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How to take an old tire and turn it into a super chic DIY ottoman for outdoors

Your backyard will love you for it

Your backyard will love you for it

Level up your lounging game with this ombre outdoor side table — no sawing or sanding required. Simply save an old tire from the landfill and get started on this durable DIY. It'll look good and you'll feel good about it while soaking in the last few days of summer, too!

Because we're going to be dealing with fabric dyes, we recommend doing this one outside! Also definitely wear some clothes you don't mind getting a little messy.

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Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 pieces of white cotton rope – each 30 meters long, at 13 mm diameter
  • 2 large bowls, each filled with ½ L of water
  • 2 more large bowls, dry
  • ½ L of salt
  • 1 bottle pink fabric dye
  • 1 bottle fuchsia fabric dye
  • Cleaned car tire – painted white
  • 2 circular MDF cuts –  6 mm height, 55 cm diameter
  • 4 hairpin legs
  • Power drill
  • 5 cm screws
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tarp

Add the bottle of pink dye to one bowl of water, and the bottle of fuchsia dye to the other. Be careful not to stain your clothes! In fact, we recommend wearing latex gloves.

Add half of your salt ( ¼ of a liter) to each bowl of water. Mix well.

Take one of your pieces of rope. Dip ¼ of it (so about 7.5 m) into the lighter pink dye -- leave the remaining 22.5 m of rope out, so it remains white. Let soak for 30 minutes. Remove and lay on the tarp to dry. If you have a back yard and it's sunny, let it sit in the sun for 6-8 hours (not longer or the sun will bleach it!). If drying indoors, let sit for a full day. Definitely do not use a dryer to speed up the process (we learned that the hard way).

Now, while that's drying, we're going to repeat the process with the other rope, only this one is going to be slightly more colourful! Dip half of your cotton rope into the bowl of fuchsia dye, and the other end into the light pink dye. Be sure that this time around, none of the rope is left white. Let soak for 30 minutes, and then dry in the same manner.

Transfer each end of the rope to a new, dry bowl. Be sure to keep the ends in separate bowls so they don't stain each other!

Grab your tire and place a MDF cut on top. It should fit snugly on top. Drill 4 holes: top, bottom, left, right. Be sure to pierce both the wood and the tire. Repeat on the other side, and use the 5 cm screws to secure the MDF cute on the tire,

Measure the diameter of the wood and mark precisely where the center is. Now, take your glue gun, and start gluing the white end of the rope, starting at the center and twirling it around itself in a spiral. Continue down the sides of the tire, gluing firmly. When out of rope, continue gluing the second rope, starting at the pink end and continuing to the fuchsia portion. This time, when you reach the wood, cut the remaining rope and glue in place.

Place your 4 hairpin legs evenly onto the wood. Use a pencil to reference the drill points. Remove the hairpin legs and drill holes into the pencil marks. Then attach the legs using 5 cm screws.

Flip it rightside up, whip up some pink lemonade to match, and kick back - the perfect pop of pink addition to a backyard, balcony, or patio!