So today I am going to share one of my all-time favorite DIY tutorials with you, a DIY Kids Seating using a (tire) tyre. It was one of my first ever projects and well-received, as seen on my original posting on my Facebook page (back when I thought sharing a before and after picture was ‘blogging’…. turns out it’s not…but that’s a story for another time).
For my US readers, I know you’re probably thinking I spelt the word ‘tyre’ wrong, but I didn’t. Whilst you guys spell it with an ‘i'(tire) we add in the ‘y’ over here in the UK. Ha! No idea why!
It’s funny because the actual inspiration for these tyres seats came from my very own DIY Facebook group (you need to join!). Someone had shared a google image of a tyre that had been wrapped with string with a seat screwed to the top (edit: This image was from Style Me Pretty I later found out).
Not only that, but I was also in the process of creating my son’s reading nook for his playroom (see full playroom post for the full reveal) and I wanted something outrageously different and fun!
These two things combined got my mind racing with endless possibilities. It didn’t take me long to put together the materials for this project (and luckily at the time my husband had just changed his car tyres so I had two just laying around) Score.
Here is how my reading nook looked:
Haha yes, I know it’s all very IKEA inspired (did I mention that I am a serial IKEA Hacker? You can check out all my hacks here) with the RIBBA ledges, EXPEDIT cube, and Canopy, but don’t you think the tyres just make the whole set up look way more inviting??
My son seemed to think so.. and sometimes I’d find him curled up on one of the seats reading one of his books (edit: he now has a new reading nook in his bedroom). This post contains Affiliate Links for your crafting convenience. See full disclosure here.
WHAT I USED:
- 2 x Tyres (tires)
- Interior spray paint ( I really love this Rust-Oleum ‘A painters Touch’ brand)
- MDF/plywood circular wood 45- 50 cm diameter and at least 1cm thick. ( I bought this already cut, but you could just buy a large piece of plywood (1cm thick) and cut using a Jigsaw)
- Glue gun
- Polyester stuffing
- Staple gun
- Yellow and white chevron fabric (fabric fat quarter)
- Nautical boat fabric (fabric fat quarter)
- Ronseal interior clear varnish(poly)
HOW I DID IT:
1. As the tyres I used had previously been on my husband’s car, I had to give them a really really thorough clean, inside and out. I scrubbed them down with detergents and bleach in my back garden then rinsed them off with the garden hose.
2. I let them dry out for about 2-3 hours.
3. Once I was satisfied they were dry enough, I spray painted each tyre. I sprayed on a total of 3 light coats with an hour drying time in between (it was a hot day!). NOTE: Spray painting should be done outside due to paint fumes, as per spray paint can instructions.
4. To seal and prevent paint from scratching off, I painted two layers of varnish on to each tyre with 1-2 hours drying time in between.
TO MAKE THE SEATING:
6. I then covered it all with the fabric and flipped the whole thing over.
7. I flipped it all around and stapled the fabric in place (folding the edges) around the whole circle with my staple gun. See this Youtube Video if you are uncertain about how to carry out this step. I found it quite helpful!
And that’s it, folks! I plan to make some more for the garden – so watch this space! Don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you don’t miss out on any of my DIY adventures!
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