DIY Rope Ottomans

Jess Blazejewski

We vote this the prettiest use for an old tire ever in the history of tires. Dreamed up for Abby's most recent Today Show appearance, it makes the perfect perch for your sunroom, patio or summer get-together. Literally all you need is rope, a tire, a few simple tools and time. A nice glass of rosé helps too. Find all the instructions, a.k.a. four simple steps below!


An old tire (check your local junkyard or auto shop if you don't have one lying around!)

Sisal rope (about 150' of 3/8" thick rope, or 100' of 1" thick rope)

50' of 3/8" nylon rope

Hot glue gun & glue sticks


Sealer & paintbrush (optional)


Wrap the tire around with nylon rope, so that the rope criss crosses in every direction and you form a nice, taut cover for the open sides of the tire. Tie the rope to itself to hold tightly in place.


Beginning at the edge of one side of the tire, wrap the sisal rope around the tire and hot glue to the nylon rope as you go. Keep wrapping until the entire sides of the tire are covered.


Continue wrapping when you reach the top of the tire, forming concentric circles across the nylon rope base. You'll need to glue the sisal rope to itself as well as to the nylon rope as you go. When you reach the center of the top of the tire, trim the excess rope and glue the end in place.


You can paint the rope with a light coat of sealer if you're planning on keeping your ottoman outside.'


Photography & Design: SMP Living